That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle - led by the conniving and powerful Mason Faim - that stole his life.
Though nearly everything has changed, one constant remains: his friend Vidocq, a 200-year-old Frenchman who has been keeping vigil for the young magician's return. But when Stark's first stop saddles him with an abusive talking head that belongs to the first of the circle, a sleazy video store owner named Kasabian, Stark discovers that the road to absolution and revenge is much longer than he counted on, and both Heaven and Hell have their own ideas for his future.
©2009 Richard Kadrey; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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i rarely listen to audio-books more than once, but i've listened to sandman slim twice, and i've enjoyed it both times. the story is fast-paced, and i was swept away by it, totally engrossed from the very opening.
i must say the narrator's voice perfectly matches the main character's demeanor. stark aka sandman slim is a gritty, dark, anti-hero, and he's unapologetic about what he believes he's been forced to become.
stark was sent "downtown" by his jealous colleague's lust for power. as an oddity in hell, stark was tortured and forced to fight in the arena, where the deadly battles forged his skills and abilities. stark becomes known as the monster who kills monsters.
the author, richard kadrey, builds a believable world filled
with angels, fallen angels, kishi, mortals, and magic. through kadrey's different characters we see a world where the lines between good and evil are hard to distinguish. sometimes, to do some good, you gotta do a little evil.
kadrey's story is full of interesting characters with different motivations. mason, stark's nemesis who sent him downtown. vidoc, a 200 year old french alchemist. candy, a jade, who's a recovering killer and bloodsucker. jospeph, a kishi, who leads a neo-nazi gang. alita, an angel in charge of the golden vigil, and many more.
overall, a great thrill ride with excellent narration and an unpredictable ending. as a fan of the show, 24, and the comic, spawn, i think of sandman slim as a mix of jack bauer and spawn. not a bad combination as long as he's on your side.
NOTE: in my reviews, i usually mention more about the plot, but this time i didn't. trust me, you'll enjoy it more, discovering it for yourself.
Runs with scissors.
But probably not for everyone. I personally enjoy a good yarn with some blood and guts and well placed vernacular of the foul sort. Makes me feel like I am not alone in my world view of "things that really %^$# me off". A different sort of story and the reader did an excellent job as well.
avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.
Comedy meets action in the Sandman Slim series. I absolutely loved these books, and the narrator was perfect as Sandman Slim. I would compare these to the Monster Hunter International books by Larry Correia.
If you love film noir and you love fantasy/horror, you'll love this book. The cherry on top is that that narration is awesome. Highly recommended.
I picked this up on one of those $4.95 sales. The main character was a gritty bad boy with a chip on his shoulder looking for some payback. There was plenty of action with lots of fights. If you are sensitive about hell, demons and fallen angels then I would skip this, but if your not then you might find this interesting. I am not claiming this will win any literary awards but it is entertaining.
Great, great, great.
Book: What an enjoyable, easy, solid book with a fresh point of view. It doesn't take itself too seriously, either, which is great. I love the old-school punk with a crappy attitude being the protagonist. He's a true, consistent character.
Narrator: MacLeod Andrews was the perfect - PERFECT! - choice for this. I'm often neither impressed nor disappointed with narrators, but his character acting (without overdoing it) really brought it to life. Couldn't imagine anyone else reading it.
Overall: SO worth the credits. Can't wait for the next book. This is much more my style than the Dresden books, but does justice to the "modern magic" genre well.
More sympathetic characters, less grade school level cursing and insults.
If this is indicative of his usual work, then no.
He actually did an alright job, considering the super ultra tough guy and other boring cliches he had to work with. It was a little silly that he gave a Mexican accent to everyone who had a Hispanic sounding name.
I was mostly just bored. Stark isn't even remotely interesting or likeable.
Honestly, this book almost reads like some relabeled self-insert fan fiction. Stark is just about perfect in every way, has all kinds of amazing powers, no weaknesses, always has some (amazingly stupid) one liner, but the greatest thing is how he becomes immune to any attack after he survives it once.
To be fair, I was laughing pretty much any time a character talked about their state of the art Blackberries.
Vic'thor the Viking
Sam spade meets Philip K. Dick. An incredible story of bitter anti-hero who can't help but piss people off.
Stark is a guy you love to hate and hate to love.
Each character that Andrews embodies in his reading gives the performance depth and weight.
This is better than any of the plethora of vampire and zombie books that are disgracing the books stores these days. Forget Twilight and Walking Dead, here comes Sandman Slim: The moster who kills monsters!
This is a very gritty hardboiled book withnasty characters. The Protagonist is a real Bad Boy.
Listen to the preview first and if you like it you'll like the rest of the book.
The author just has a way of putting things that was a crackup.
I liked it so much I'm listening to it twice.
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
I picked up Sandman Slim on sale and found it entertaining enough to justify the sale price, but not engaging enough to continue this series. James Stark (Sandman Slim) as the raging anti-hero is driven solely by revenge and seems unable to feel much beyond anger and petulance; I kept wanting to shake him and say, "Oh, grow up, buddy". Although there is an attempt at sardonic wit in Richard Kadrey's writing, the book actually comes across as snarky at best and vulgar or flat at worst and there is little of the wry humor or chuckles of some other urban noir fantasies. The plot is convoluted, the dialog is stilted, and the magic system doesn't quite hang together. MacLeod Andrews as the narrator does a good job of assuming and conveying the persona of Sandman Slim and I think his performance would be even better if these characters were more fleshed out.
There are hints of potential in Sandman Slim - the occasional great descriptive line, interesting plot turn, and some level of maturing for Stark at the end - that make me suspect that the series could get better with following books. However, I just don't like this main character - more wiseacre than avenging angel - enough to give him more time. Listeners who really enjoy a lot of comic-book type action sequences may find this book more appealing than I did (there are a lot of graphic fight scenes), but for great characters, better writing, more engaging plot lines, more consistent magic systems, and true wit, I'd recommend Felix Castor, Harry Dresden, or Peter Grant over Sandman Slim.
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