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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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    Shane Dakan Rio Linda, CA USA 12-04-12
    Shane Dakan Rio Linda, CA USA 12-04-12

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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.

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    Bryan CUMBERLAND, RI, United States 11-22-12
    Bryan CUMBERLAND, RI, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2014
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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.


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    Gina 11-20-12
    Gina 11-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A good listen, but not brilliant"

    I haven't read Tad Williams since Otherworld years ago, so I had no idea what to expect. This series is a slightly different take on the ever-so-popular supernatural detective genre, and I found it reminiscent of The Harry Dresden Files; but the characters are not as endearing nor the story lines as hilarious. The God stuff was just background, which was great as I'm NOT Christian. Overall I enjoyed it, and will listen to book #2, but I won't be pining away for it (like I am for the newest Dresden book!). I would actually give it 3.5 stars if I could.

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    Jason United States 11-16-12
    Jason United States 11-16-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A Noire Story of Heaven and Hell"

    I very much enjoyed this audio book. George Newbern does a fantastic job of reading it, investing the characters with great personality and vibrancy. The story is fantastic as well, merging a compelling story of angels and demons with the trappings of a noire detective story. The book travels a winding road of intrigue and conspiracy, and holds onto you through to the end. I felt that that end came a bit abruptly though, as I would have liked to see a little bit more of the fallout from the events of this story. I'm eagerly awaiting the next book in this series.

    P.S. the angels' and demons' names are awesome, they were distinctive, had consistent flavor, and turned into their "mortal" names very well.

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    S. M. Rathburn 11-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Technical trouble didn't help this."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The first half of this had real promise. I liked the detective noir style with the heavenly angle. It made the pretty standard story, more lively. The second half went away from the angel angle and more into a simple detective story. Now, the story being what it is the performance was very good. The reader had perfect tone for the story. The last two chapters simply refused to play, I tried to re-download it and the same thing happened, about 20 minutes left and it stopped. The way the story was going I was not terrible disappointed though.


    If you’ve listened to books by Tad Williams before, how does this one compare?

    This was my first Tad Williams book


    What about George Newbern’s performance did you like?

    Excellent! Hard to imagine someone voicing Bobby Dollar any better.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not, A worthwhile rental though.


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    T. Bounds 11-06-12
    T. Bounds 11-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic"
    If you could sum up The Dirty Streets of Heaven in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, fast-paced, and fun.


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

    The reader, George Newbern, was excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first Tad Williams novel that I've read since the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series. That series and this book are worth your time. Can't wait for the next installment in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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