Bobby Dollar is an angel - a real one. He knows a lot about sin, and not just in his professional capacity as an advocate for souls caught between Heaven and Hell. Bobby’s wrestling with a few deadly sins of his own - pride, anger, even lust.
But his problems aren’t all his fault. Bobby can’t entirely trust his heavenly superiors, and he’s not too sure about any of his fellow earthbound angels either, especially the new kid that Heaven has dropped into their midst, a trainee angel who asks too many questions. And he sure as hell doesn’t trust the achingly gorgeous Countess of Cold Hands, a mysterious she-demon who seems to be the only one willing to tell him the truth.
When the souls of the recently departed start disappearing, catching both Heaven and Hell by surprise, things get bad very quickly for Bobby D. End-of-the-world bad. Beast of Revelations bad. Caught between the angry forces of Hell, the dangerous strategies of his own side, and a monstrous undead avenger that wants to rip his head off and suck out his soul, Bobby’s going to need all the friends he can get - in Heaven, on Earth, or anywhere else he can find them.
You’ve never met an angel like Bobby Dollar. And you’ve never read anything like The Dirty Streets of Heaven.
Brace yourself - the afterlife is weirder than you ever believed.
©2012 Tad Williams (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks
So I saw some people likening this book to the Dresden Files, but I just don't see it. It may be similar, but it isn't LIKE it. It's similar in the sense that it is a low fantasy mystery detective novel, and that's about it. For me, Libriomancer was much more like Dresden.
As for the book itself, It was pretty good. It held my attention, but I definitely wavered here and there. There was just something about it that I drifted off from time to time. One thing I can't really get past and I didn't like which also bored me to tears, the angels and demons being lawyers to souls arguing where they were going to be placed. I don't care for religion one way or the other. In the book everyone is judged regardless of religion. For me it was just such a boring part of it that I didn't care for.
One final thing, just so you know, there are few pretty explicit scenes, just in case you care.
As for the next book, I'll be waiting for a sale that brings it within paperback price range.
The story was a little inconsistent at times. Mainly the love/romantic complication that Bobby Dollar gets himself into with a demoness. How does an angel fall for a demon? Better yet, how does am angel fall for a demon because she looks so hot, even though he knows her appearance is nothing but illusion. Otherwise, the mystery is somewhat interesting, and satisfyingly tied up at the end.
Sure. I'm in for Bobby Dollar number two anyway.
Well read. I know a good narrator when halfway through a book I forget its just one guy reading the book!
Worth the listen.
Nothing like a great audio book. Nothing worse than a bad book - audio or otherwise.
I was excited to see that Tad Williams had started a new series. I am a big Williams fan, having enjoyed all of his other books. For those who haven't yet done so, I recommend reading or listening to his Otherland series. I would also recommend any of his fantasy books. The problem with The Dirty Streets of Heaven was that it wasn't near the quality of the other Williams offerings.
Had I not seen his name on the book, I never would have guessed that this book was written by Tad Williams. I would have thought it was a collaboration effort between Jim Butcher (the Dresden Files series) and Richard Kadrey (the Sandman Slim series). Bobby Dollar, it seemed to me, must be closely related to Harry Dresden. Dollar also inherited Dresden's sassy and (oftentimes but not always) endearing sense of humor. Maybe it's because I just got done listening to the (delightful) Dresden series, but I kept finding myself thinking I was listening to another Dresden book.
While the protagonist, earthy angel Bobby Dollar, is far less foul mouthed and depressed than Kadrey's (oftentimes but not always) likable Sandman Slim, he does have the same love/hate relationship with his otherworldly overlords (in Slim's case, the devil, and in Dollar's case, the angels). Dresden and Sandman are both series that took an original idea and ran with it. I hate to say it, but in my mind's eye I kept seeing Tad Williams talking to his editor about what kind of series he should write next. Anyone in the industry couldn't help but notice how successful this whole genre of books (the vampire, zombie, wizard, hellion themed books with a hip, loveable, very capable but self-denigrating anti-hero) has become. I kept wondering, as perhaps Tad Williams did while developing this character, "What would Harry Dresden do - WWHDD'? Where would Harry go? Or, what would a Harry Dresden-type character (who is a well intended, golden-hearted, anti-establishment earthbound angel) do if he had essentially the same personality as Harry Dresden but wasn't a wizard but rather an angel. Well, maybe it didn't happen that way at all. Maybe he didn't talk it over with his publisher at all.
What did Williams do well in this book? I was very impressed with his well considered presentation of the afterlife, and many of the salvation issues involved. His presentation of heaven actually made me excited to experience the afterlife. He deftly and successfully navigated around a lot of thorny theological considerations in a way that should offend few of any faith. In other words, as he does so well, Williams has created a consistent and believable imaginary world. What I found sadly lacking was the story itself and the characters. I expected better characters and character development from Williams. Other than Bobby Dollar and his (evil but virtuous, treacherous but warm-hearted, loyal but untrustworthy devil babe) girlfriend, the Countess of Cold Hands, I found the characters flat and not very likeable. I found the chase scenes and battle scenes with the "spawn of hell, creature, monster character" chasing and fighting with Dollar and his posse agonizingly frequent, predictable and boring. And the monster kept coming and Bobby kept escaping... again and again and again.
There are other shortcomings as well, but I don't want to whip a dead horse.
If I had never read Williams' other books, I wouldn't have expected as much as I did going into this one. Would I recommend it? I don't know. Will I read the next Bobby Dollar book? Probably, because I'm willing to try anything Tad Williams writes. Even when he lays a relative egg, he is a good enough writer that I'm willing to slog through it. At least this time.
I thought that the narrator, Dick Hill, did a yeoman's job. It was a good, but not in any way exceptional Hill performance.
Yes, I'd recommend a book to a friend that likes angels vs. demons stories, mysteries, and is more concerned about having something fun to read, rather then something that would amuse or surprise him.
I guess I answered that on my first response.
Yes. George Newbern does a very good performance. He gives a lot of personallity to Mr.Bobby Dollar, as well as some of the other characters. I mean, you can not only identify the character by the way he reads, but you can also get a feeling on its mood and intentions. Well executed!
You know what? Yes, I would! Although I was a bit disappointed with it as a book, I think it would make a very nice thriller on the big screen.
I was disappointed by the lack of creativity of the story - too many clichês for my taste. It felt like Mr Tad Williams (which is a terrific writer) was being pressed by his publisher to deliver a book faster than he'd like, and his solution was to come up with this fast and easy to read story, but that lacks on much of the depth of his other works.
Definitely. Absolutely phenomenal narration to a great book.
the narrator and the humor
Bobby's humor was great but Fox and the wanna-be had me rolling with laughter.
No. At sixteen hours I'd probably go into some sort of fantastical coma. No. I'm good with spreading it out over a week.
Great stuff. On par with Peter Grant series, Dresden, and Matthew Swift.
I discovered Tad Williams after reading, and falling in love with, his clever writing style demonstrated in The Otherland series. I knew this book was in a way different genre but loved the premise of the book. About halfway through, I sharply lost interest and gave up trying. I do think the story could be, but the narrators forced ironic / too cool for school voice and inflection just grates on me too much. This got returned. :(
aaaaa no it was great but i dont even watch the same movies twice...
i think he did a good job and pleasant to listen to
ahhh..yes and have been through all three in the series
If you enjoyed this but haven't heard of Harry Dresden, check that out too.
Felt a bit copycatish, but Tad, being the brilliant writer pulls it off on its own merits.
Good character development, snarky dialogue, and a grand conspiracy theory meld together along with a theme that questions the religious bones in your body. A great combination.
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