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Happy Hour in Hell: Bobby Dollar, Volume 2 | [Tad Williams]

Happy Hour in Hell: Bobby Dollar, Volume 2

I've been told to go to Hell more times than I can count. But this time I'm actually going. My name's Bobby Dollar, sometimes known as Doloriel, and of course, Hell isn't a great place for someone like me - I'm an angel. They don't like my kind down there, not even the slightly fallen variety. But they have my girlfriend, who happens to be a beautiful demon named Casimira, Countess of Cold Hands. Why does an angel have a demon girlfriend? Well, certainly not because it helps my career.
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I've been told to go to Hell more times than I can count. But this time I'm actually going. My name's Bobby Dollar, sometimes known as Doloriel, and of course, Hell isn't a great place for someone like me - I'm an angel. They don't like my kind down there, not even the slightly fallen variety. But they have my girlfriend, who happens to be a beautiful demon named Casimira, Countess of Cold Hands. Why does an angel have a demon girlfriend? Well, certainly not because it helps my career.

She's being held hostage by one of the nastiest, most powerful demons in all of the netherworld - Eligor, Grand Duke of Hell. He already hates me, and he'd like nothing better than to get his hands on me and rip my immortal soul right out of my borrowed but oh-so-mortal body. But wait, it gets better! Not only do I have to sneak into Hell, make my way across thousands of miles of terror and suffering to reach Pan-demonium, capital of the fiery depths, but then I have to steal Caz right out from under Eligor's burning eyes and smuggle her out again, past demon soldiers, hellhounds, and all the murderous creatures imprisoned there for eternity.

And even if I somehow manage to escape Hell, I'm also being stalked by an undead psychopath named Smyler who's been following me for weeks. Oh, and did I mention that he can't be killed? So if I somehow survive Hell, elude the Grand Duke and all his hideous minions, and make it back to the real world, I'll still be the most hunted soul in Creation. But at least I'll have Caz. Gotta have something to look forward to, right? So just pour me that damn drink, will you? I've got somewhere to go.

©2013 Tad Williams (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    A. Hogue Birmingham, AL 10-09-13
    A. Hogue Birmingham, AL 10-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Mixed feelings"
    What did you like best about Happy Hour in Hell? What did you like least?

    This book has an interesting and scary take on Hell. We got to see some of the love and purity of heaven last book, now you get the other side. Dollar learns a lot about true desperation.

    There's a few things that really bothered me about the book. The biggest one is the "interludes" to his one night with Caz. The problem is, in the other book it was quite detailed, they did this, fell asleep, woke and did this... But in this book there's ALL these conversations and sexual experiences that don't feel genuine to the original story of the night. It feels like they are just in here to justify him being in Hell and being infatuated like a 14 yr old boy. I also don't see the connection between them. I see obsession and infatuation from him, and a careless attitude at the best of times from her. She's either being bitchy or WAY to vulnerable for a hundreds of years old demon. At one point she's telling him to shut up so she can tell a story, but then doesn't want to finish it once she gets his attention and is at the last part. I was getting so annoyed with her character.
    He seems to truly be in love with her beauty, but nothing about her. Their whole thing just doesn't add up for me. It detracts from an interesting story.

    Another thing is the amount of time spent in hell vs what was actually accomplished. I did a lot of fading in and out of interest, and when I realized I faded, I didn't need to go back, I knew it was just stuff. Not actual needed info to progress the story.

    I will probably give another book in the series a chance. I think Williams is a creative writer, but his relationship and romance writing needs some work.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Audie Humble, TX, United States 11-15-13
    Audie Humble, TX, United States 11-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Bobby Dollar you love struck FOOL"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending


    What was most disappointing about Tad Williams’s story?

    It didn't measure up to the first book. Yes, I did enjoy the book but I expected more.


    What three words best describe George Newbern’s voice?

    Entertaining, Good,


    Could you see Happy Hour in Hell being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes I could see this made into a movie but it never will be unless his next books to this series is better then this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Its a good listen. To me it was barley worth the credit, but it was worth the credit. I hated that he is so obsessed with his demon lady. I mean come on she is a demon and he is a angel. You know that he's going through all kinds of hell and she will probably just screw him over cause its in her nature. I loved the first book. This book not so much.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    shirley CORDOVA, TN, United States 02-11-14
    shirley CORDOVA, TN, United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Not at all like the first book!!"

    The first book was great. There was an interesting detective-like story with clues along the way. There was one sex-scene and the rest was story.

    This book - not so much. It is a series of the author's imaginings of what Hell would be like. You go from one tortured description of torture to another. Dollar loses limbs, is subjected to horrific sights, sounds, tastes and experiences. There's no feeling of progression. It's just boring after a while. These scenes were littered with flashbacks to Dollar's sexual encounter with Cas. Now, however, it's really more about the sex. The entire book is torture and sex and sex as torture, in explicit detail.

    I know the author can do better, the first book proves it. This book, however is a huge waste of money and time. Relying on sex scenes to propel the story is just cheap and beneath the author's skill and my respect.

    Skip this one - you won't miss out on anything.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David R. Bosshard Boulder Junction, WI United States 07-27-14
    David R. Bosshard Boulder Junction, WI United States 07-27-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Very Disappointing"
    What would have made Happy Hour in Hell better?

    The details of travels through Hell were so ponderous that whole chapters could have been skipped. I was particularly disappointed with the wrap-up at the end by way of an epilogue... that left way too many questions unanswered. More time on sound development of the story line and less of the junior high-school focus on the distasteful details of Hell would have been nice.


    Have you listened to any of George Newbern’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I thought Newbern did a fine job. Too bad he didn't have a better story to work with. I have to suspect that he would have had a difficult time keeping his interest up in the story, too.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was very intrigued with the first book, "Dirty Streets of Heaven." I really looked forward to this second installment of Bobby Dollar. I was terribly disappointed in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    It's hard for me to imagine a publisher's editors letting this get to press in this form. There were so many unnecessary chapters that should have been pulled out before this project was ever printed or performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Palmyra, VA, United States 04-30-14
    Chris Palmyra, VA, United States 04-30-14
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    "Middle in the series"

    I really enjoyed the first Bobby Dollar book, but this one took me a long time to get through. I enjoyed Bobby on Earth, but for this book he goes to Hell, and it's not nearly as much fun. It's the middle in the series, so pretty much a treadmill book. Lots of running around and going nowhere.

    The reader did a great job. There aren't a lot of different accents, but each of the characters is distinct.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Harry Boyle Irmo, SC, United States 01-20-14
    Harry Boyle Irmo, SC, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A step behind Bobby Dollar"
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The escape from Hell was too long. A reader wants to know how the story turns out and it just took a long time to find out


    What about George Newbern’s performance did you like?

    Excellent as always


    Was Happy Hour in Hell worth the listening time?

    I give it a 3 out of 4


    Any additional comments?

    There has to be a third book to wrap the series up. I would like to see more conflicts from Heaven and the hopefully good outcome on the forbidden romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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