In the sequel to the New York Times best-selling Heat Wave, Richard Castle does it again with his thrilling new mystery. Tough, sexy, professional, NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat carries a passion for justice as she leads one of New York City’s top homicide squads. In what’s sure to be another smash sensation by blockbuster author Richard Castle, listeners will once again follow Nikki Heat and hotshot reporter Jameson Rook as they trade barbs and innuendos - all while on the trail of a murderer!
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I thought this was a well paced, wittily written mystery, as was the first book.
For people who are looking for an episode of the the TV series in which the supposed author is a character, you have missed the point. This is a story with it's own characters. Yes, you can see similarities, but they aren't supposed to be the same!
A fun read, a fun listen. If you like the show, you will find a few in jokes as well.
A complete sleeper for me -- never heard of the book, never heard of the author (whom I now understand is a fictional character), never seen the television show or listened to anything else the narrator had read. But something in the blurb appealed to me, so I went for it. Good deal. It's a very good book, made even better by the narrator, Johnny Heller. Not only does Heller perform perfectly, but he has a voice that's pure pleasure to listen to. He sounds vaguely familiar, but I can't quite place it -- a bit like Peter Falk, maybe? Anyway, very nice voice quality.
As for the book, there's plenty of action, interesting characters with a requisite amount of quirky personality characteristics, nobody comes off as obnoxious -- except for the bad guys (or girls) -- and lots of moments when you find yourself listening way beyond the allotted time.
Nothing profound here, just a good, enjoyable "I want more" book to enjoy -- I suspect I'll listen to this one more than once. It's one of those books that's sufficiently interesting that it really doesn't matter if you know who did it or not. The trip is worth it, all by itself.
I downloaded "naked heat" because I really like the tv-show castle. so for me it was great fun to listen to a book written by a fictinous writer. It's a nice addition to the show, but I think it wouldn`t work that well if you`re not a castle fan.
Johnny Heller, the narrator of this story, has been doing a lot a work lately and that's a good thing. But, the selection of stories that he is narrating is a problem for me. He has a very gentle, innocent, high-pitched voice that, in my opinion, should be confined to children's books, and not used in the adult murder/suspense category.
His narration has ruined more than one story for me. And, now he will be the first narrator that will cause me to decline selections from Audible.com.
There are 139 books in my library.
Listening to books is the way I separate from the stress of being an attorney. I enjoy fiction, mystery thrillers, an occasional romance, and books about cutting edge medicine and science. I was a History major so that is always interesting too.
Castle is the only TV show I watch regularly. Clever, well written and well cast, the books as a marketing bonus are fun too. Keep up the good work...
This is the second book in the series and the second Heat-Castle book I have listened to and I LOVE both of them. I'm anxious to complete the series, but I need to pace myself! I have enjoyed the character development in the novels thus far, and get a kick out of Rook's sense of humor and wit. I also particuarly appreciate the empathic approach the writer gives his star female detective, Nicki Heat.
Someone wrote that these Heat novels are similar to television cop dramas and I concur with that assessment. I like television cop dramas and I like the mystery combined with the story-line and the relationship development. I read several genres along these lines, some fluffier and some more intense. These Heat novels are the perfect middle ground for someone who wants to listen to a good story with good reading without too many graphic details but beyond simple fluff. There is some sexual content, but not too much. There is some language, but not too much.
Also, I LOVE this narrator. Before wasting a credit or $, I always read several reader reviews and Heller has received several positive ones, but something must be up with the reviewers who are writing negative comments because they are WAAAAY off base. What do I love about this reader? The voice fits. He gives a personal voice to all the characters with overt or subtle changes and keeps the listener captivated. The best part, and likely the reason he was chosen, is that he delivers the funny, clever and sarcastic comments of the male lead DEAD ON. It takes talent to deliver those lines and Heller doesn't miss. I have laughed out loud multiple times.
Highly recommend this series and if you're like me and read all the negative comments first then the positive ones later - please do not be dissuaded. I personally believe they are disengenuos. These books are worth your credit!
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
Not a lot of substance, but not gloomy and dark either. I am seriously getting tired of the depressing one note bleakness in mystery right now and found this a refreshing change. Doesn't take a lot of energy to focus on like a good beach book. Funny without being too silly.
I really enjoyed Naked Heat! However, it was really hard not to have Nathan Fillian(?)'s face, and (I'm sorry, I can't remember her name), the young female detective, on Castle)'s face. But, that was not a problem. :-) It was pleasurable listening, along with intrique, murder, and mystery. I really liked it. Can't wait for the author to do another.
.... so for fluff it gets 5 starts.... but I save 5 when there is literary panache. This story is real middle of the road decent entertainment.
I was disappointed with all of the grammatical errors. I don't know who is to blame; the author, the editor or the miserable narrator. It was hard to listen to the English language being misused.
The narrator was so poor that it was difficult to keep the characters straight. I will be careful with future books to exclude anything read by this man.
"For CASTLE fans"
I found this to be an interesting book, mainly because of the little winks to, and echoes from, the TV series CASTLE and the constant references in the series to certain pages of this particular book. If you don't know the series, I am not so sure what you will make of it..
"Love this series"
Absolutely, with the final solution in mind it'd be wonderful to re-read and see it all fitting together.
I actually pretty much did listen to it in one sitting. Or two 5 hour sittings.
Really brilliant way to add onto the series and although at first I worried the books would feel less alive and vibrant in comparison to the tv show, its actually really nice to get longer denser mysteries peppered with the same banter and humour.
"For Castle Fans Only"
That's a tough question as it is far from a literary masterpiece, but I found it enjoyable nonetheless. If you are a fan of the TV series you'll enjoy the tone and dialogue in the book, but if you aren't already a fan I don't think this book will convert you.
Maybe, there are a lot of tropes and twists taken from the TV series so in some ways it is a review or an extension of that. It doesn't have the wit and intention of a Chandler book, but does pitch at the 'gumshoe PI' genre.
I think this is the first Johnny Heller performance I've listened to and it was engaging enough. You hear Nathan Fillion's voice even if there is another actor portraying Derrick Storm.
In a word, nope. I am familiar with Castle and most of the bits in the book are lifted from there - and the twisted are as telegraphed as the punches that are thrown. Still enjoyable and diverting as pulp fiction.
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