That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle - led by the conniving and powerful Mason Faim - that stole his life.
Though nearly everything has changed, one constant remains: his friend Vidocq, a 200-year-old Frenchman who has been keeping vigil for the young magician's return. But when Stark's first stop saddles him with an abusive talking head that belongs to the first of the circle, a sleazy video store owner named Kasabian, Stark discovers that the road to absolution and revenge is much longer than he counted on, and both Heaven and Hell have their own ideas for his future.
©2009 Richard Kadrey; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
If you love film noir and you love fantasy/horror, you'll love this book. The cherry on top is that that narration is awesome. Highly recommended.
Runs with scissors.
But probably not for everyone. I personally enjoy a good yarn with some blood and guts and well placed vernacular of the foul sort. Makes me feel like I am not alone in my world view of "things that really %^$# me off". A different sort of story and the reader did an excellent job as well.
avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.
Comedy meets action in the Sandman Slim series. I absolutely loved these books, and the narrator was perfect as Sandman Slim. I would compare these to the Monster Hunter International books by Larry Correia.
Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL
i rarely listen to audio-books more than once, but i've listened to sandman slim twice, and i've enjoyed it both times. the story is fast-paced, and i was swept away by it, totally engrossed from the very opening.
i must say the narrator's voice perfectly matches the main character's demeanor. stark aka sandman slim is a gritty, dark, anti-hero, and he's unapologetic about what he believes he's been forced to become.
stark was sent "downtown" by his jealous colleague's lust for power. as an oddity in hell, stark was tortured and forced to fight in the arena, where the deadly battles forged his skills and abilities. stark becomes known as the monster who kills monsters.
the author, richard kadrey, builds a believable world filled
with angels, fallen angels, kishi, mortals, and magic. through kadrey's different characters we see a world where the lines between good and evil are hard to distinguish. sometimes, to do some good, you gotta do a little evil.
kadrey's story is full of interesting characters with different motivations. mason, stark's nemesis who sent him downtown. vidoc, a 200 year old french alchemist. candy, a jade, who's a recovering killer and bloodsucker. jospeph, a kishi, who leads a neo-nazi gang. alita, an angel in charge of the golden vigil, and many more.
overall, a great thrill ride with excellent narration and an unpredictable ending. as a fan of the show, 24, and the comic, spawn, i think of sandman slim as a mix of jack bauer and spawn. not a bad combination as long as he's on your side.
NOTE: in my reviews, i usually mention more about the plot, but this time i didn't. trust me, you'll enjoy it more, discovering it for yourself.
More sympathetic characters, less grade school level cursing and insults.
If this is indicative of his usual work, then no.
He actually did an alright job, considering the super ultra tough guy and other boring cliches he had to work with. It was a little silly that he gave a Mexican accent to everyone who had a Hispanic sounding name.
I was mostly just bored. Stark isn't even remotely interesting or likeable.
Honestly, this book almost reads like some relabeled self-insert fan fiction. Stark is just about perfect in every way, has all kinds of amazing powers, no weaknesses, always has some (amazingly stupid) one liner, but the greatest thing is how he becomes immune to any attack after he survives it once.
To be fair, I was laughing pretty much any time a character talked about their state of the art Blackberries.
Great, great, great.
Book: What an enjoyable, easy, solid book with a fresh point of view. It doesn't take itself too seriously, either, which is great. I love the old-school punk with a crappy attitude being the protagonist. He's a true, consistent character.
Narrator: MacLeod Andrews was the perfect - PERFECT! - choice for this. I'm often neither impressed nor disappointed with narrators, but his character acting (without overdoing it) really brought it to life. Couldn't imagine anyone else reading it.
Overall: SO worth the credits. Can't wait for the next book. This is much more my style than the Dresden books, but does justice to the "modern magic" genre well.
This is a very gritty hardboiled book withnasty characters. The Protagonist is a real Bad Boy.
Listen to the preview first and if you like it you'll like the rest of the book.
The author just has a way of putting things that was a crackup.
I liked it so much I'm listening to it twice.
I picked this up on one of those $4.95 sales. The main character was a gritty bad boy with a chip on his shoulder looking for some payback. There was plenty of action with lots of fights. If you are sensitive about hell, demons and fallen angels then I would skip this, but if your not then you might find this interesting. I am not claiming this will win any literary awards but it is entertaining.
Vic'thor the Viking
Sam spade meets Philip K. Dick. An incredible story of bitter anti-hero who can't help but piss people off.
Stark is a guy you love to hate and hate to love.
Each character that Andrews embodies in his reading gives the performance depth and weight.
This is better than any of the plethora of vampire and zombie books that are disgracing the books stores these days. Forget Twilight and Walking Dead, here comes Sandman Slim: The moster who kills monsters!
Best damn series I've got my hands on since I can remember. A no bullshit badass with enough going on around him to keep my headphones glued in my ears for days, sleep is not an option. Thanks to the author for the mind blowing entertainment, and thanks to the narrator who made this audiobook come alive in a way nobody else could have.
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