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The Dirty Streets of Heaven: Bobby Dollar, Book 1 | [Tad Williams]

The Dirty Streets of Heaven: Bobby Dollar, Book 1

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.
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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

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    Nathan London, Ontario Canada 11-26-13
    Nathan London, Ontario Canada 11-26-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Urban fantasy with actual Angels and Demons"

    An urban fantasy with actual Angels and Demons. Written in the style of a detective-noir the main character is a not perfect angel advocate arguing for departed souls to go to heaven. He gets caught up in a after-life threatening conspiracy.
    I liked this but it really going to depend on the readers taste. The humour is dry, snarky and puny. If you like modern detective noir you'll probably like this.

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    Cweth Chase, BC, Canada 10-25-13
    Cweth Chase, BC, Canada 10-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "it was a fun read"
    Would you listen to The Dirty Streets of Heaven again? Why?

    I don't think I'll listen to it again. Re-reading/listening is pretty rare for me. I liked this one, but I don't think it's going to come around again in my listening queue


    Would you recommend The Dirty Streets of Heaven to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would definitely recommend the story to anyone who likes urban fantasy, but also to non-fantasy readers. The ideas and characters are interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Auberry, CA, United States 05-28-13
    Thomas Auberry, CA, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2008

    My pic says it all. That's my dog and he is really barking for me to throw another snowball. Scary looks but really just a playful guy by nature. Been reading sf/fantasy like a power nerd my whole life which is almost 50 years now. I like all sorts of stuff just make the story believable...

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    "Boring PG poor man's version of Sandman Slim"

    Wow, what a boring dog of a book. I could not finish because I could not stay interested. Nothing about this book worked. Silly story, boring character, boring narrator. I refereneced the Sandman Slim books in the title but really feel I'm doing Sandman Slim a disservice by even mentioning him in a sentence with this lame book's main character Bobby Dollar.

    Boring, boring, boring.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua VALLEJO, CA, United States 02-01-13
    Joshua VALLEJO, CA, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A Cool Introduction to Noir"
    What did you love best about The Dirty Streets of Heaven?

    The way he skirted the line between religious sacrilege and religious respect. Williams took an Angel as his main character and managed to make the book not at all about religion.


    What other book might you compare The Dirty Streets of Heaven to and why?

    The Desden Files comes to mind for the tone is not the theme.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Hudson, OH, United States 01-07-13
    Matthew Hudson, OH, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Ok, but not great"
    Any additional comments?

    Tad Williams has written better. Whether or not fair, in this genre his work unfortunately pales compared to Jim Butcher / The Dresden Files.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Åhman Spånga, Sweden 12-17-12
    Robin Åhman Spånga, Sweden 12-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Too long"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I read it as part of a book club. I wanted to read a Tad Williams book so I thought this was a good place to start. I would recommend a friend to see what other books Williams has written and see if any of them are more interesting.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I sensed something was up, but I didn't make the connection.


    What about George Newbern’s performance did you like?

    He had a good voice. You could tell from the tone of the voice which character it was, which is not always the case with some narrators.


    Do you think The Dirty Streets of Heaven needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There is a lot of background information and unfinished threads in the story which I think will be picked up in the following books. I will read the next books when they come out.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hobbs Longmont, CO United States 12-06-12
    Hobbs Longmont, CO United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2012

    hobbs999

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    "Really Promising First Book and a Great Reading"
    Where does The Dirty Streets of Heaven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right in line with some of the top. Newbern's reading reminded me a lot of James Marster's Dresden Files narration, with both humor and seriousness when needed. A great new addition to the Urban Fantasy genre.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Countess of Cold Hands, I really liked how the demoness filled the almost classic jaded female companion to Bobby Dollars gumshoe.


    What does George Newbern bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Newbern brought a depth to the characters that while present in the book, really popped out in his narration.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    While I laughed out loud several times during the book, my most extreme reaction came from the sex scenes which were quite hot.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is now on my must read list and I will be checking out more narrations by George Newbern in the future. I was very impressed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chi Riverside, CA, United States 12-05-12
    Chi Riverside, CA, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2007

    I love history.

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    "A decent detective novel with a twist"
    Would you listen to The Dirty Streets of Heaven again? Why?

    No, I don't listen to novels twice


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like the countess.


    Which character – as performed by George Newbern – was your favorite?

    Hellium


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

    15 hours, I don't think so.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the book could expand a little more on the politic situation between heaven and hell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shane Dakan Rio Linda, CA USA 12-04-12
    Shane Dakan Rio Linda, CA USA 12-04-12

    happy homeowner

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    "First audiobook to the end"
    If you could sum up The Dirty Streets of Heaven in three words, what would they be?

    Angels, Demons, Nonreligion


    What did you like best about this story?

    Bobby Dollar himself


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to pick just one.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book I listened to all the way through, and was engrossed the whole time. Tad wrote a great story in the noir-ish style of detective novels, with the nice twist of angels and demons thrown in. And George Newbern does a FANTASTIC job bringing the story to life. He is Bobby Dollar.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan CUMBERLAND, RI, United States 11-22-12
    Bryan CUMBERLAND, RI, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Dirty Streets of Heaven to be better than the print version?

    Great author and stellar reading. Couldn't imagine anything better.


    What does George Newbern bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Flawless narration, perfect for the noir style.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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