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The Dirty Streets of Heaven Audiobook

The Dirty Streets of Heaven: Bobby Dollar, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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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    jennifer MESA, AZ, United States 06-01-14
    jennifer MESA, AZ, United States 06-01-14
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    "Interesting premise"
    Would you listen to The Dirty Streets of Heaven again? Why?

    No, once was enough. I liked it enough to try the second book. But while this one raised interesting ideas about the nature of morality and what comes next, the next book went much darker very fast, and stayed there. I did not finish it.


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

    After reading the first, I was involved enough to go on to the second book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    As a defense attorney myself, I was amused that we were God's emissary's for souls, and prosecutorial duties handled by the dark side.


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    Kimberly Ypsilanti, MI, United States 05-20-14
    Kimberly Ypsilanti, MI, United States 05-20-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Angelic Gumshoe"

    Interesting story, well written. Dislike the narrator, especially when he tries to do accents. There ought to be a rule that if the narrator can't pull off an accent he isn't allowed to do them. Characters can be differentiated without resorting to bad Scottish, Australian and Hispanic accents, especially when the characters are angels and have no country of origin. If bad accents don't bother you, give it a try. If they do, read the physical version.

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    Allison Portland, OR, United States 03-04-14
    Allison Portland, OR, United States 03-04-14
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    "What to expect"

    This book is a detective/mystery novel. The aspects of Heaven and Hell that it describes are not integral to the main story line.

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    Sheryl 02-22-14
    Sheryl 02-22-14
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    "Fans of Harry Dresden, give Bobby Dollar a try!"

    Bobby Dollar's voice and sense of humor is reminiscent of Harry Dresden's, giving this book a similar "feel", but the storyline is purely original. Here we have angels and demons (as opposed to wizards, vampires, fae and other paranormal creatures found in the Harry Dresden books). This is the first book in the series and is a great start. Bobby gets caught up in all kinds of craziness, including the search for missing souls and an investigation into the murder of a demon all while trying to stay alive himself. There is a lot going on and Bobby tells his story with a very entertaining narrative voice.

    Narrator George Newbern is fantastic! He does a wonderful array of voices and his cadence and tone are perfect. Well worth the audible credit!

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    Patricia Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 02-22-14
    Patricia Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 02-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrible"

    Couldn't continue listening to this. Too much unbelievable tough guy talk, very little story line, very little action.

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    C. Marcello milano, italy 01-28-14
    C. Marcello milano, italy 01-28-14 Member Since 2014

    mr. fletcher

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    "a very interesting twist on a classic genre"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dirty Streets of Heaven the most enjoyable?

    the characters are memorable and the story is well narrated, with a really nice rhythm that keeps you listening for more. the countess of cold hands is one of the sexiest character's i've ever read about.


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

    the actor's performance perfectly fits the mood of the story and gives a very nice rendition of the characters.


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    Nathan London, Ontario Canada 11-26-13
    Nathan London, Ontario Canada 11-26-13 Member Since 2014
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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 2015
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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.


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    MeekaBleeka Louisiana 10-20-13
    MeekaBleeka Louisiana 10-20-13 Member Since 2016

    Jane Yellowrock = Greatness

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    "Great characters. Boring story."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would make the story more interesting. It was okay but nothing I would listen to again, nor do I wanna listen to book 2. It wasn't tantalizing.


    Has The Dirty Streets of Heaven turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Of course not.


    What about George Newbern’s performance did you like?

    Yes his performance was awesome


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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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