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Sandman Slim | [Richard Kadrey]

Sandman Slim

When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. 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.
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When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels.

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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    Mike Naka VA 11-03-12
    Mike Naka VA 11-03-12 Member Since 2012

    Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL

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    "jack bauer + spawn = sandman slim"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Hallie PIKESVILLE, MD, United States 04-24-12
    Hallie PIKESVILLE, MD, United States 04-24-12

    avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.

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    "Loved it!"

    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.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Daniaell LEAVENWORTH, KS, United States 08-01-09
    Daniaell LEAVENWORTH, KS, United States 08-01-09 Member Since 2003

    Runs with scissors.

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    "Enjoyable Dark Tale..."

    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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Neill Issaquah, WA 03-09-10
    Patrick Neill Issaquah, WA 03-09-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Awesome - great narration, great story"

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 05-07-12
    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "$4.95 This was a good value."

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    amy Huntingdon Valley, PA, United States 04-08-10
    amy Huntingdon Valley, PA, United States 04-08-10 Member Since 2009
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    "SOLID modern magic novel, great sense of humour."

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Winn CA, USA 08-25-09
    Nicholas Winn CA, USA 08-25-09 Member Since 2002

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    "Listened to it twice"

    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.

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    Brad Grafton, MA United States 09-10-12
    Brad Grafton, MA United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Better than a lot of urban fantasies"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. It was enjoyable and fast-paced. Definitely worth listening to.


    What other book might you compare Sandman Slim to and why?

    Not really sure.


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

    I tried listening to "Shadow Prowler", and he gave a decent performance, I just didn't care for the story. His performance here is better, and he improves upon it in "Kill the Dead", which I've just started.


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

    No. Too long.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're easily offended, you should avoid this book. There is much foul language and what some would consider blasphemy. I don't think it'll ever be considered a classic, but it was fun.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 10-21-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 10-21-13 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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    "A great series."
    What made the experience of listening to Sandman Slim the most enjoyable?

    The combination of great author and narrarator. The author brings a punk sensibility to the urban fantasy genre.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fast paced story and humor. Also, you can tell the author is a real cyberpunk fan as this story has elements of that genre throughout.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    Casabian is the best character. He brings a lot of humor and attitude to the story.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Go ahead and get the whole series all the books are great. macLeod Andrews does a stellar job with the voice acting as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon Langlois Omaha, NE United States 10-03-12
    Brandon Langlois Omaha, NE United States 10-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "So incredibly lame"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More sympathetic characters, less grade school level cursing and insults.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Richard Kadrey again?

    If this is indicative of his usual work, then no.


    What aspect of MacLeod Andrews’s performance would you have changed?

    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.


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

    I was mostly just bored. Stark isn't even remotely interesting or likeable.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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