With rent past due and a decent meal becoming an issue of some importance, Harry needs work, and soon. A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.
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The narrator's performance has the perfect noir feel to it. You can almost picture him smoking a cigarette in his 1950's office while he tells you the story. A great listen!
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Not a bad beginning to a popular series. I didn't love quite as much as most listeners, but I wouldn't hesitate purchasing book two.
The story was shallow and childish, the reader... Meh. I was determined to finish and feel my time would have been better spent doing just about anything else.
This book was great! Excellent pacing, likable characters. I'm hoping that James puts in a little more preparation for his next reading. There were quite a few instances when he should have re-read a section to get the sentence flow correct. Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely getting the next book, just wanted to share.
I a relatively new to Fantasy genre and in the midst of other heavy Epic Fantasy series reading. This book was a simple, well written and read delight. I liked the small cast of characters and straight ahead storytelling. I'm looking forward to sprinkling this series in between Malazan and Stormlight books.
Either they fixed it by the time I got to it or it's just negative nellies, I didn't notice the production value being too bad. Yes, they could have used a thicker sock on the mic but there was not an over abundance of background noise noted in other reviews.
I adore James Marsters and he was wonderful narrating this book. And the book is great fun - far more imaginative than the lighter Hollywood-fare TV show that's based on these books.
I'm buying the next one in the series.
vaguely amusing, but spends way too much of the book describing the various ways in which women are attractive and how their mouths look.
james masters, aka spike from Buffy, delivered a pretty good reading.
It's a solid beginning, but the author is still feeling things out. There are a few discrepancies, and the reader is unpracticed. That being said, it's still worth the listen. It's like a rough hewn sculpture.
this is the first book in what has become one of my favorite series. it vary much fills the niche of good wizardry that was left after the harry potter series from my youth.Tho this is a solid book it's definitely his first and it takes some time to set the stage for his next books it a good read overall in my opinion but can feel a little slow.
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