Daniel McEvoy has a problem. Well, really, he has several, but for this Irish ex-pat bouncer at a seedy, small-time casino, the fact that his girlfriend was just murdered in the parking lot is uppermost in his mind. That is until lots of people around him start dying, and not of natural causes. Suddenly, Daniel’s got half the New Jersey mob, dirty cops, and his man-crazy upstairs neighbor after him, and he still doesn't know what's going on. Bullets are flying, everybody's on the take and it all may be more than Daniel’s new hair plugs can handle. And Daniel’s got to find the guy who put in those hair plugs—or at least his body—and fast, or else he'll never get that voice out of his head.
Head-spinning plot twists, breakneck pacing, and some of the best banter this side of Elmore Leonard's Detroit will keep you on the edge of your seat and itching for more.
©2011 Eoin Colfer. All rights reserved. (P)2011 AudioGO
To be honest, it took me a while to warm up to Daniel McEvoy, the -- dare I say "hero"? -- of Plugged. Daniel is a cross between Chili Palmer of "Get Shorty" and some sort of comic book Ninja (anybody old enough to remember Remo Williams?) But he IS funny. Boy, is he funny. There are about half a dozen plot lines, skillfully interwoven, with at least that many characters I want to get to know better. The Jewish doctor living in Daniel's head is a hoot, and Daniel's military shrink alone is worth the price of the book.
And then, there's the narrator. Who is this John Keating guy? Why haven't I listened to 47 other things he's narrated? He catches exactly the right tone for each chacracter.
NOTE: I read a lot of YA fiction, and as a retired teacher of precocious adolescents, I love the Artemis Fowl books. This is NOT an Artemis Fowl book. Middle school librarians, be warned.
For anyone who read the Artemis Fowl series, John Keating's narration will be a huge disappointment. Colfer is a witty and smart writer, but Keating trivializes and "cartoons" the writing. Why oh why didn't the wonderful Nathaniel Parker read this book... especially since it is Colfer's first, and we hope not last, venture into writing for adults. Still and all, a must listen because the writing is so good.
I just finished listening to “Plugged” by Eoin Colfer and found it very disappointing. I couldn’t believe with all of the action going on in the story and the ludicrous solving of a string of crimes, it was just dull and boring! The humor wasn’t strong for me and I thought there were TOO many crazy, ridiculous situations.
I think maybe teens would enjoy it (even though written for Adults) because the plot is so improbable that it’s not funny! Unfortunately, after about two hours of listening it became just plain irritating. His imaginative conversations with the ghost of his doctor friend Zeb, who haunts him throughout the story, I found especially annoying.
I wish I could have gotten into the swing of things, but the story line just seemed to irk me. I continually wanted to just give up on finishing the book, but I continued to the end and, unfortunately, the book never improved.
I would stay clear of this one, and save your credit!
Actually, yes -- the narration was so much fun, in combination with Colfer's writing, that even though the end might seem silly in synopsis, I would totally listen again. I so enjoyed the main character -- someone I'd like knowing for real.
I really wanted to like this book but it just felt awkward. I enjoy Eoin Colfer's teen books, good family fun. Witty and clever full of action and adventure. This book felt like a teen book with A LOT of the F word and using Jesus Christ as a swear word along with a few sexual situations(nothing graphic) as if these things make a book for adults. Still, it made me chuckle here and there. I'm still a fan but I'll probably just stick to the family books to listen to on long trips.
The reader did a great job bringing life to the characters, but a thriller about hair plugs??? Really???
Not worth time, nor the credit I used to listen to it.
I expected the same depth and tone on this but after 5-6 chapters could not dedicate more time to it. Also loved the narration on her Artemis series.
I would try again because the Artemis series was so exceptional
Did not work well. Slow and ponderous
Mostly a children's book writer that has branched off to a higher plain. This book is very fun. It has a lot of emotion and action. He brings in the characters personality and all of his flaws slowly with a grace only Colfer can display.
I have enjoyed all of his books; even though I started reading him because my daughter started. I'm a true believe in knowing what my kids are reading. and I have found many fantastic writers that I enjoy from my children's books. My kids are older now so I'm not as protective of their books and in so stating; this is not a children's book.
The voices made the story. I believe it was funnier because of the voice inflection and tha accents.
Fun not serious book.
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