©2009 Richard Castle; (P)2009 Tantor
I enjoy Castle, so I thought this might be fun. I did not, however, expect it to merely be the show under pseudonyms. To a man, the characters are precisely the same as those in the TV show, just with different names. Perhaps I should have seen that coming, but I thought it would garner a little more creativity on the part of the writer. Plus, the story was uninspiring to the point that I can hardly remember a bit of it.
The marketing ploy of releasing books with the series is an interesting one, but it could have been done much, much better.
The narrator was so bad on every level that I cannot pin down a specific area to improve. I could not tell the pitch of the voices of main characters apart, the inflections and rhythm never changed between characters. Even the audio production was bad, with sound errors galore! I love the Nikki Heat series and Castle TV, but this audiobook was absolutely horrible.
I enjoy listening to my library of books here in the summer heat of central Florida. I find falling asleep to a book relaxing.
Another narrator would have made this a better experience for me. I couldn't follow the novel with John Heller reading it. His enunication was poor.
This was my first Richard Castle book and I found I was not interested in going through the series with this narrator. This was a poor job to me and I am throughly put off. I won't listen to the whole series because I am so disappointed with the way Heat Wave sounded. I may try the last in the series with the other narrator.
Totally, my experience was awful; listening to Mr Heller was very disappointing.
Since I can't return it I guess I'll write to warn others away from this narrator. Or maybe it is the recording equipment. I'm 1.5 hours into this - I've started it over 3 times - and I'm not going to finish it. I might try the library for a borrowed version and see if I can actually finish the book.
Let me say that i'm a FAN of Castle - the t.v. show. This book started out good - I felt some of the same play as the show - but the recording and speaker are HORRIBLE. It's like he forgets to breathe so while he's reading he starts talking softer and softer before he runs out of steam - or the recording group is trying to keep your attention by making the sound go up and down.
Either way - NO - this was a bad pick on my part and I'm sorry because I bought two of these books.
The narrator wasn't good the voice was dragging me thru the story. I couldn't picture the story, so I wasn't paying attention to any of it.
I picked up this book because I am a fan of the associated television show "Castle." Like the show, it's an easy story to get into and doesn't require a whole lot of critical thinking. It wasn't a stellar book but I wasn't expecting it to be. It has some subtle and not-so-subtle references to the TV show and it's fun to try to associate events in the books to events on the show.
All in all, it's a fun book for fans of "Castle" but otherwise just another cookie-cutter mystery.
Nothing like the TV show and narrator terrible.
There are followup books to Heat Wave, however, I will not waste my credits on them cause the narrator is horrible!
The dialogue is key in the Castle books--full of fast banter and humor. This narration makes it impossible to follow; can't tell who is speaking or when it switches back to narrative.
Not in audible format.
I've never written a comment before I finished a book--but this narration is really ruining it for me.
Although I am a Castle fan the book was just okay to me. It felt too similar to the show (I guess that's what I should have expected.) But save your money and just purchase another episode of Castle.
I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!
I so like the tv series, I had to try a book. It's ok but I think I will stick to the tv. But this is NOT the fault of the narrator.
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