©2009 Richard Castle; (P)2009 Tantor
Great story, fun to listen to on a trip. The narraitor could have been better. The story was good.
Sorry, couldn't continue with this one...no interest. Lost train of thought with this one. Hope the next is better
I can't tell if the book is good or not. The dramatic whisper of the narrator was so irritating to me that I can't stand to listen to it. I don't know why he couldn't use a normal tone of voice. From what I could listen to, the storyline seemed good and the characters were likable. I think this will be a book I would rather read than listen to.
I must start by saying I am a fan of the Castle television show but quickly adapted to Detective Heat's character being very different from the "inspiration". The story line was not earth shattering, but it was enjoyable. My main problem and distraction was Mr. Heller's narration. Despite his annoying voice I was determined to complete the story to see if I could figure out "who done it". However, I will not listen to anything else that he is associated with.
The book was very simplistic, but a quick and easy listen on beach or an airplane. I don't believe that a person who is not a fan of Castle would enjoy the book.
The performer read very fast making it difficult to always understand and follow the book.
not sure how good the book is. love the tv series. couldn't listen. The reader is the worst I have ever heard. Unintelligible, variable volume, reads like he doesn't care what he is reading.
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.
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