Private eye Jake Sullivan is a war hero - and an ex-con. He's free because he has a magical talent, and the Feds need his help in apprehending criminals with their own magical abilities. Jake's talent is gravity spiking. He can vary the force of gravity however he wishes in an area. When it comes to spiking, Jake is the best.
Now a rich beauty walks into his office to hire Jake to find her missing husband, a magical healer who has ties to the Detroit mob. Jake takes the case, but little does he know that there are plots within plots waiting to ensnare him, and solving the case may require fighting for his life with the odds stacked against him. But Jake is used to that. And now it's Christmas. Time to deck the walls with splattered bodies!
Detroit Christmas is a richly imagined, fully produced audio play, with original music, film-quality sound effects, and an amazing cast.
Running time: 1 hour 12 minutes.
Jake Sullivan: Lex Wilson
Emily Fordyce: Meredith Sause
Sadie: Tracey Coppedge
Abraham Horowitz: Craig Brandwynne
Johnny Bones: Jim Moscater
Agent Sam Cowley: Paris Battle
Snowball: Paul Kilpatrick
Jimmy Sullivan: Carter
Tommy Boy: Cokie Daniel
Leroy: Richard T. Skarbez
Bruno Haupmann: Steven G. Cooper
Lieutenant: Gray Rinehart
Gangster: Paul Millsaps
Sound design: Barry Jaked and Craig Brandwynne
Music: Cheri Leone and Matty Karas
Assistant director: Alex Granados
Poster: Ron Miller
Adaptation and script: Tony Daniel
Directed by: Rika Daniel
Baen Books publisher: Toni Weisskopf
A Baen Books Audio Drama
©2011 Larry Correia (P)2014 Baen Books
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...It just didn't feel like a Grimnoir story without Bronson Pinchot voicing Heavy Jake Sullivan. Fun story, though.
You do his excellent books a great disservice and tarnish my memories of Bronson Pinchot's brilliant narration. I will now have to go back and listen to Hard Magic again.
Heavy Jake Sullivan can only be done justice by Pinchot.
I don't have any issues with the audio drama format, I loved Locke and Key, but the casting for this short story was done quite poorly.
I love the Grimnoir series and can't wait for the next full length book read by Bronson Pinchot!
I love Larry's work, especially the grimoire series, but even though Detroit Christmas was an ok story, I was distracted with the sound effects and the old time Radio feel. I was looking forward to Mr. Pinchot's fantastic reading of Larry's writing with it's captivating characters and descriptive stories. If this script type writings leeds to movie or TV writing, I'm super happy for him, but I feel that his books are best read by Mr. Pinchot. Larry will always get my money, but I hope this make it to him and he returns to what he's done in the past.
I prefer Bronson Pinchot personally. Story is just too short and rushed. Lacks a lot of what makes Correia's books great.
I could not finish it. The exposition was stilted and ugly without a narator. They seemed to love using the gunfire sound effect to cover mediocre lines. Possibly if I had read the story in novel form i would have enjoyed hearing it acted out as a radio drama, but i dont think so.
Captures detective noir very well, and the inclusion of magic is icing on the cake. Great story and voice acting but muddled at times by overlapping sound effects. Need both effects and voices, but should be separated, or effects shouldn't overpower the voices.
This has charm as a radio drama, and the title tells the listener what to expect. No, it's not Bronson Pinchot, so some of the characters don't "feel" like the same people despite this being written by Larry. I double checked a few times that he actually did write it as opposed to an approved/licensed story in his Grimnoir world.
My one warning with this is that it does have radio/audio drama sounds. The one they use as an audio cue for Sullivan's "heavy" use might be appropriate, but I also find it really annoying.
Maybe it's supposed to make me, the listener, as uncomfortable as the person Jake is supposed to be manhandling. If that was the actual intention, then good job. You've succeeded. Otherwise, I really dislike that part quite a lot and wouldn't enjoy it if there were other dramas like this.
Overproduced, badly acted, and filled with extra noises.
Even for $1, I regret paying for it.
This is the worst thing I have downloaded yet.
I'd really enjoyed the books in the series but this was just nowhere near as good. It's more like a radio play and the characters were shallow.
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