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
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.
The Desden Files comes to mind for the tone is not the theme.
Tad Williams has written better. Whether or not fair, in this genre his work unfortunately pales compared to Jim Butcher / The Dresden Files.
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.
I sensed something was up, but I didn't make the connection.
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.
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.
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.
The Countess of Cold Hands, I really liked how the demoness filled the almost classic jaded female companion to Bobby Dollars gumshoe.
Newbern brought a depth to the characters that while present in the book, really popped out in his narration.
While I laughed out loud several times during the book, my most extreme reaction came from the sex scenes which were quite hot.
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.
I love history.
No, I don't listen to novels twice
I like the countess.
15 hours, I don't think so.
I wish the book could expand a little more on the politic situation between heaven and hell.
Angels, Demons, Nonreligion
Bobby Dollar himself
Hard to pick just one.
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.
Great author and stellar reading. Couldn't imagine anything better.
Flawless narration, perfect for the noir style.
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.
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.
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.
This was my first Tad Williams book
Excellent! Hard to imagine someone voicing Bobby Dollar any better.
Probably not, A worthwhile rental though.
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