The story is essentially a mystery investigation with some magic. The characters are engaging and the story was not predictable. That is what really..Show More » matters in a mystery. I look forward to this detective in future stories. I would like to get to know him better.
Michael Kramer is a great story teller, his English accent slips alot, and while I did notice I was suprised that I really did not mind. He was a pleasure to listen to.
I had been waiting for this book when I learned that there was a sequel to _The Devil You Know_, and I was not disappointed.
It loses a s..Show More »ingle star because there are a couple of points where the plot is just a little too contrived, but the depth of the characters and the skill of the storytelling more than make up for it.
I agree with the previous reviewers of "Dead Men's Boots" -- Mike Carey writes superlative supernatural noir, and he keeps getting better with each en..Show More »try in this series. I understand that he has written two more episodes -- "Thicker Than Water" and "The Naming of the Beasts" -- that have yet to come out in audio. As soon as they do, I will be downloading them. "Dead Men's Boots" has just the right mixture of suspense, humor, and horror; and Michael Kramer voices them all with a consummate actor's excellence. You can listen to this novel as a stand-alone story; but I recommend listening to its prequels -- "The Devil You Know" and "Vicious Circle" -- first, because they each set the stage for the subsequent stories. Mike Carey writes intricate, complex plots; so that -- although he does fill in the backstory we need -- having listened to the whole previous adventure provides a much richer and more entertaining experience.
Story is as good as first 3, but they changed the narrator, which really ruins this series for me. Does the publisher really not understand how criti..Show More »cal the voices are in an audio book to building the character? I know the author creates the story, but the performance aspect of audiobooks should not be discounted, as it obviously was on this series. If the prior narrator was poor, that's one thing, but he wasn't. The history I felt with Felix is totally disrupted now with some "stranger" pretending to be him. I will not buy more audio books in this series.
I had bought this book in paperback a couple of years ago but never read it even though I enjoyed listening to the prior books in the series. I did lo..Show More »an it out to a couple of friends who just couldn't wait. I was holding out for audible to pick up this and the previous volume. Frankly, when I begin a story in audible format I hate to change in the middle. I also have to compliment the audio publisher for coming up with a narrator, Damian Lynch, who sounds very much like the narrator of the first three.
The first three were published in audiobook form by Tantor, the last two by Audible,ltd, which I suspect has something to do with Audible.co.UK. Whoever is responsible, thank you for making all of these books available. Please do not read these books out of order. I don't often say this, but this is one series where each book is (mostly) complete it itself but contributes to a story arc.
Fans will know that Felix Castor is an exorcist in an England where the dead, undead, and never born consort with the living. His job at the beginning was to get rid of ghosts that inconvenienced the living. He also worked as a party clown for children's birthday parties which lead to his first adventure-- The Devil You Know. He is a darkly comic character who develops through the series as more is revealed about the characters and the world he lives in.
I really hope that there are going to be future books. There are enough hooks for another story arc.