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Thicker Than Water: A Felix Castor Novel, Book 4 | [Mike Carey]

Thicker Than Water: A Felix Castor Novel, Book 4

Old ghosts of different kinds come back to haunt Felix, in the fourth gripping Felix Castor novel. Names and faces he thought he'd left behind in Liverpool resurface in London, bringing Castor far more trouble than he'd anticipated. Childhood memories, family traumas, sins old and new, and a council estate that was meant to be a modern utopia until it turned into something like hell...these are just some of the sticks life uses to beat Felix Castor with as things go from bad to worse for London's favourite freelance exorcist.
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Old ghosts of different kinds come back to haunt Felix, in the fourth gripping Felix Castor novel. Names and faces he thought he'd left behind in Liverpool resurface in London, bringing Castor far more trouble than he'd anticipated. Childhood memories, family traumas, sins old and new, and a council estate that was meant to be a modern utopia until it turned into something like hell...these are just some of the sticks life uses to beat Felix Castor with as things go from bad to worse for London's favourite freelance exorcist.

See, Castor's stepped over the line this time, and he knows he'll have to pay; the only question is, how much? Not the best of times, then, for an unwelcome confrontation with his holier-than-thou brother, Matthew. And just when he thinks things can't possibly get any worse, along comes Father Gwillam and the Anathemata. Oh joy....

©2011 Mike Carey (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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    Robin LAKE WAUKOMIS, MO, United States 09-15-12
    Robin LAKE WAUKOMIS, MO, United States 09-15-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Why did they change the narrator with book 4?"

    Story is as good as first 3, but they changed the narrator, which really ruins this series for me. Does the publisher really not understand how critical the voices are in an audio book to building the character? I know the author creates the story, but the performance aspect of audiobooks should not be discounted, as it obviously was on this series. If the prior narrator was poor, that's one thing, but he wasn't. The history I felt with Felix is totally disrupted now with some "stranger" pretending to be him. I will not buy more audio books in this series.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Shaun Calgary, AB, Canada 12-24-12
    Shaun Calgary, AB, Canada 12-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story...but"

    I really enjoy this series, so it is with much regret that I must say I will not be buying any further Felix Castor books unless Micheal Kramer returns as the narrator. I was very disapointed with the change in narrators; Kramer's voice, accent, inflection, etc made Castor a completely different character from the one portrayed by Damian Lynch's voice. I'm always amazed when producers of audio books think changing narrators part way through a series will not cost them fans.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    04-12-12
    04-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "FINALLY"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, I love the Felix Castor series and have waited a long time for book 4 and 5. I have told everyone I know that listens to audiobooks that they need to listen to this series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Felix is my favorite!! He has a great outlook on his job


    What about Damian Lynch’s performance did you like?

    He is a great narrator but I would have preferred Micheal Kramer, since he did the first 3 in the series. Just no one can do Felix as well as Micheal has but nothing against Damian as I will listen to him again.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Felix Castor ALWAYS cracks me up...


    Any additional comments?

    It is about time books 4 and 5 come to America! Just wish they had kept the same narrator since Micheal had a special Felix voice no one else can do as well!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Ritchie PLANO, TX, US 04-02-13
    Jennifer Ritchie PLANO, TX, US 04-02-13
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    "Disappointing Change"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I can imagine Damian Lynch's voice suiting other material in this genre, but the mid-series shift in narration is extremely disappointing. This Felix comes across as almost chipper and fast paced, and other voices are almost indistinguishable. I found myself missing Michael Kramer's Juliette in particular.


    Was Thicker Than Water worth the listening time?

    No. I'll be switching to physical copies for the rest of the series.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    alexis baltimore, md, United States 03-04-13
    alexis baltimore, md, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining Novel"
    Any additional comments?

    I had listened to the first two books read by Michael Kramer, I'm not sure if I was just used to his voices but I found his performance more effective. I would sometimes get confused in this book since the different characters sounded the same to me, so in heavy dialog scenes I sometimes got confused who was talking. Still a great listen and a fantastic story line.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    William Jackson, MO, United States 11-19-12
    William Jackson, MO, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Please come back Michael Kramer!"
    Would you try another book from Mike Carey and/or Damian Lynch?

    no, I enjoyed the first 3 books immensley, Michael Kramer brought Felix Castor and all the other characters to life so well. Damien Lynch,in my opinion does not measure up to the high standard I was accustomed to. While I still enjoy the series I will go back to reading them and skip the audio books. If Michael Kramer comes back so will I.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    As always, the story was well constructed, Mike Carey is one of my favorite contemporary writers.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Michael Kramer would have made this a much more enjoyable experience. At times Lynch is hard to understand and delivers a very nonchelant reading.


    Did Thicker Than Water inspire you to do anything?

    Go back to paper copy.


    Any additional comments?

    Bring back Mr. Kramer please.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    gwennieg Burney, CA USA 04-22-12
    gwennieg Burney, CA USA 04-22-12 Member Since 2006

    I live on audiobooks.

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    "Love this series!"

    This book didn't get 4 stars from me as I found it a tad depressing. It is funny and interesting and I love the characters but I could have done with a little less childhood angst and mistreatment. I enjoy the glimpse into life in England. One of my very favorite characters is Juliet, the demon, but I missed her voice in this book. The previous narrator gave her a deep, throaty voice that made everything she said really funny. Even when she said "Whhhaaat?" I could envision this beautiful, extremely dangerous demon without a clue about human thought, trying very hard to understand. I missed that with this narrator but everyone else sounded like they should. Overall, it is a fun series and very entertaining.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 10-18-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2009

    I write reviews to help readers, not to win votes. My reviews are my honest opinion whether popular or not. I hope they help you. ;)

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    "This one gives felix's backstory."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this is a great book in a great series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning more about the main characters past. Also I love the Anathemata.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The childhood scene where Felix almost got himself killed.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes.


    Any additional comments?

    An all around good book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Troy Brandon, FL, United States 06-07-12
    Troy Brandon, FL, United States 06-07-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Horrible Narration"

    If you have come to love Felix Castor as masterfully interpreted by Michael Kramer, you will find this book unlistenable. It is impossible to tell most times which character is speaking. The low sexy voice of Juliette is replaced with mousy dribble. I could not be more disappointed. I bought this book because I needed a Felix Castor fix but what I got was a book I lemmed before it was halfway through.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Doug sterling, CT, United States 04-30-12
    Doug sterling, CT, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Are you kidding?"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I can't believe you would switch narrators in mid series. I looked forward to getting the next book but now I won't get any more. This guy was a huge disappointment. Bring back Mike Kramer!!!!!!!


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    At some points in the book you couldn't who was speaking or if the main character was thinking to himself or to another person.All the characters that were in the books were different because of the way were read. not only in sound but in the personality the narrator gave them.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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  • Mark
    Morpeth, United Kingdom
    7/26/12
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    "Really entertaining - give it a try!"

    This story contains less outright action and more of our hero's personal history, his origins and associations. This can sometimes lead to the background getting in the way of the narrative - but I didn't feel that to be the case here. Our familiar characters re-appear and weave in and out of the storyline, and Carey teases the conclusion out in a surprising series of last twists. All in all, another very enjoyable story which makes me want to move on to the next book.

    About the change of narrator. In book one I found the narration jarring and uncomfortable. The sheer number of mispronunciations and wrong emphasis was hugely distracting. Oddly, by books two and three, I found the narration to be an entertainment in itself and had obviously got totally used to it. The change of narrator in book four is a bit of a shock, but I think that it does sit more comfortably with the character, particularly to British ears. Lynch's accents are so much better than Kramer's (whose female Geordie was just a step too far!) - except for Juliets voice, which I think Kramer had spot-on.

    Great fun - definitely worth trying if you're hunting around for some light modern reading material - just make sure you start at book one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Colette
    Gorebridge, United Kingdom
    7/10/12
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    "Great story"

    Have listened to books 1 to 3 in quick succession, loving the story of each and the characterisation.So disappointed that book 4 not read by the original narrator...just wasn't the same for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Kendal, United Kingdom
    7/1/12
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    "Good story as always but..."

    the change of narrator has changed the whole tone of the novel.

    Whilst Damian Lynch does a good job he isn't the original narrator used in books 1-3 and his style changes your perceptions of the main character. Having said that, his style is possibly more in keeping with the character and had he been the original narrator nobody would bat an eyelid.

    I've knocked a point off just for this, it's another 4/5 listen otherwise.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Stoke on Trent, Staffs United Kingdom
    6/16/14
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    "Big Castor fan.. but who wrote this?!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story.


    What was most disappointing about Mike Carey’s story?

    Are you sure Carey wrote this? I loved novels 1-3. In this one however .... language, pace, descriptions , prose all take a nose dive! Fix was not really Fix. More than just the narrator has changed. Swearing throughout like he has just discovered the F word Castor drifts about in search of his character and a plot. Find neither.


    What didn’t you like about Damian Lynch’s performance?

    OK, I suppose. Reads it as Castor narrating (in one voice) then puts on a Liverpool accent for when Castor speaks out loud. Very odd. The Liverpool accent is very Harry Endfield (Come 'ed Castor)


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really. Maybe I can trade it for another Harry Dresden recording.


    Any additional comments?

    Lack of plot, narrative, suspense, action, compared to Novel one, this is written by a different chap.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FIONA
    Bridlington, United Kingdom
    5/27/14
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    "I really enjoyed it"
    What made the experience of listening to Thicker Than Water the most enjoyable?

    The change in narrator was a bit odd at first but once I got into the story, I really enjoyed the new narrator as he was a bit more accurate with the accents and had a good tone.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked hearing more about Castor's youth and his family.


    What does Damian Lynch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The accents and the overall tone of the story. I would have liked Juliette to be more sultry rather like the last narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Anita's story moved me


    Any additional comments?

    A good book that was well read. I enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bronagh
    Highgate, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Castor comes home"

    While this episode in the Castor series features Fix heading home to his native Liverpool, the audiobook also brings us home with a change of narrator. Gone is the American doing his slightly upper class take on an English drawl and the constant mispronunciation of London placenames. Instead Damian Lynch is a more comfortable fit and the narration is no longer a distraction allowing you to fully engage with the story which features the regular characters and once more delves into Fix's guilt and The final ending (not the twist about a zombie) comes as a shock after everything seems so tidily tied up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jay
    hove, United Kingdom
    12/18/12
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    "Narrator ruined it for me. Story felt unoriginal."

    As a few of the other reviews have mentioned, the narrator has changed which totally changed my perception of the characters. I almost felt as if the book had been written by a different author especially as the story itself has a slightly different rhythm to the previous 3. I also felt that the story was lazy as the Mike Carey had combined the characteristics of the main adversaries from the previous novels and i just felt as though i'd listened to it all before. Worth a listen i guess but not a patch on the previous novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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