©2009 Richard Castle; (P)2009 Tantor
This book is for fans of the TV series "Castle." Nathan Fillion plays fiction writer Richard Castle, who is riding along with Detective Kate Beckett for research for his next book series. It is amusing to watch the episodes (i.e., "real life") and then read the book (where most of the people in the TV series have a counterpart in the book). It can be confusing to keep track of who is "real" and who is fake -- Richard Castle is the writer in the TV episodes who is riding along with Detective Beckett. Jameson Rook is the writer in the book who is riding along with Detective Nikki Heat. If you watched Season 1 before reading this book, you'll start thinking about the details from "real life" TV episodes and comparing them to the book.
The book on its own reads like a pulp crime story, which probably would not appeal to many readers except fans of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. The high rating is for tie-in to "Castle" and adding a unique dimension to the show -- as if Richard Castle is real and he wrote this book.
It's not the best but it's certainly in the top ten
Since this is just a spin-off of the Castle TV show, I expected the worst: hack writing, rehashing of old plots, obvious signs of a 5 minute writing process. Instead, it was solidly written and, most interestingly, written from the viewpoint of Kate Beckett. Now you have the TV show - which is all about the male character - and the books, which are all about the woman. It's like a sexual Rashomon.
Good story, good characters.
Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum. A little mystery, a little humor
Inflection, more emotion, more pizazz, more anything. Reading was dead pan and boring almost monotone.
Had trouble getting into it because of narrator
I will most likely not purchase the rest of the series because of the narrator
Performance powerfully brought this "pseudo-novel" to life- cadences matches known "Castle" characters, very much enhancing this listen ...
Great fun for any "Castle" fan - will listen to more in the series!
I have the Kindle version of Heat Wave and I was never able to finish reading it because it dragged on. The audio version was so much better than the actual book. I would recommend the Audible version over the reading version (first book I have ever recommended this way).
Decent story; very little depth.
Maybe. I was aware the whole time that Heller was reading. With the best narrators, I don't feel like I'm being read to.
This might actually make a better movie than book due to the lack of character development.
The whole story just wasnt very interesting. It was like reading a long version of one of the hour long Castle episodes. One episode of Castle is much more entertaining than this whole book.
Kind of boring
Maybe if they told the story without all the fluff in the book.
If you watch Castle, the characters are the same with different names.
I had to MAKE myself finish it
Full of castle like humour.
Enjoyed the story, but it wasn't a edge of your seat kind of story.
Good narraion and story telling ability.
Loved it. Full of Richard Castle fun
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