James Stark, a.k.a. Sandman Slim, crawled out of Hell, took bloody revenge for his girlfriend’s murder, and saved the world along the way. After that, what do you do for an encore? You take a lousy job tracking down monsters for money. It’s a depressing gig, but it pays for your beer and cigarettes. But in L.A., things can always get worse.
Like when Lucifer comes to town to supervise his movie biography and drafts Stark as his bodyguard. Sandman Slim has to swim with the human and inhuman sharks of L.A.’s underground power elite. That’s before the murders start. And before he runs into the Czech porn star who isn’t quite what she seems. Even before all those murdered people start coming back from the dead and join a zombie army that will change our world and Stark’s forever.
Death bites. Life is worse. All things considered, Hell’s not looking so bad.
More mayhem? Try another eerie earful of Sandman Slim.
©2010 Richard Kadrey (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Profane, intensely metaphoric language somehow makes self-tortured monster Stark sympathetic and turns a simple story into a powerful noir thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
I read too much, like most genre, & am picky about narrators. I like strong characters, great dialogue, & quirky bits!
First, this reader is superb. He gets what he's reading...just enough irony, a smattering of boredom, and that clueless guy thing...PERFECT! I love the reluctant, abused character that just keeps coming. I like the support characters, adore his French best friend and his eternal endless pursuit of something resembling a fair shot. The whole heaven/hell discourse is just worldly enough to give me a giggle over the politics. Worth the credit, I bought the first one on sale...the next two full price and can not wait for the fourth!
I don't know if was just better production or the narrator was better this time, but it was better than the first book. That is pretty rare, but the book was very good. Definitely worth a credit.
Kadrey's protagonists are fairly sophisticated characters that you can really get behind, despite (or because of) their huge flaws. The antagonists don't really stand up in the same way. In order to portray traditionally
He's solid. Andrews did a great job.
All of the angelic characters as well as the Kishi need to be reworked. It just was not happening.
Now I regret all of those other fine audiobooks I gave 555 ratings. The originality of this writer and the pacing of this voice actor's delivery are a match made in ... Well, downtown. I'd sorta like to give it a 666.
I can't believe how good this series gets, by just the second book. I liked the first one fine, but I really didn't expect this level of excellence by the second. The writing, the story, the characters, the pacing, the plot -- Kadrey is hitting on all eight cylinders here, maybe even twelve.
He gets beyond the sensationalism of exploding demons and crass displays of power, and goes to places I did not expect, exploring the character of Stark in ways that felt almost literary. What impresses me the most is that he didn't have to. The more superficial aspects of the Sandman Slim story are great fun, and didn't have to be tinkered with. But Kadrey shows he's not afraid to do the unexpected, and in doing so, takes the series to a completely new level.
The only drawback -- somewhat in the writing, but more so in the performance -- was the character of Lucifer. Lucifer is the ruler of hell, he is the First of the Fallen. He should be majestic, he should radiate power in all his actions and words. He comes off as sort of ordinary here, and the interpretation by the reader MacLeod Andrews -- otherwise excellent in all aspects -- left me with no real impression of what the character is like.
This series is now a must-read for me. I'm really happy there are many more Sandman Slim books to enjoy. I can't wait to go back to hell!
Nonstop one-liners that kept me laughing out loud from start to finish. e.g. "What kind of kid would want Lucifer for a father? He'd give the shittiest christmas presents, on the other hand, he'd throw great Halloween parties.'"
Not on the edge of my seat to solve any mystery, but definitely wanting more.
I didn't have a particular favorite scene, but I did like the narration for Lucifer. Overall the narration was very good.
Several that moved me to stop my mp3 player because I was laughing.
Not for the squeamish. Not for someone who doesn't like non-stop wise ass remarks. Not for someone who only roots for the good guys.
Listened to this hoping for a fix something like "A Dirty Job", did not compare. A bit too much of the glib, wise cracking, noir detective for me.
Reread books by Christoper Moore"
What can I say? I love books!
Kadrey's writing at its best. Such a fantastic roller coaster ride filled with gritty no nonsense, back talking, loveable monsters you can't help but root and cheer for. This is pure brilliance. Macleod Andrews's performance is top notch, bringing Kadrey's cast of wicked do gooders jumping off the page.
I wish it had an equal, because I'd be gobbling that one up to. This is a truly unique take on heaven & hell, God and Lucifer, Angels, Hellions, Demons, and Zombies. What Harry Potter did for Fantasy, Sandman Slim does for Noir Gritty Macabre Pulp Fiction.
Macleod Andrews brings everything to the table in the Sandman Slim series. He gives every character a nuance and unique voice, his versatility and acting is pure brilliance.
Too many moving moments to list without spoiling this fantastic story.
I would be utterly shocked and amazed if one of the big networks or studios doesn't pick up this series for the long haul.
Narration is everything in audiobooks!
Book still held my interest and depth of characters are interesting
Actually looking forward to next in series
Detective work - not just a " horror" story
He does well in making you believe in the main character
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