I have listened to about 500 audiobooks now (man I need to get a life). I would say this one is above average. The story and characters are interestin..Show More »g and I enjoy seeing a new take on a genre that has been done to death. I like the book because (unfortunately) I can identify with the main character in many ways. It almost reads like what would happen if I or one of my friends were in the situation in the book.
The main thing I enjoyed about the book is the snarky sense of humor. I found myself laughing out loud several times while listening to this book. The constant, nerd pop-culture references which seem to becoming maditory in urban fantasy are here but handled in a very entertaining way. The story and world the author created is interesting and fun. He definitely left me wanting more!
I will put a warning out there. If you are big into politcally correct behavior you will want to pass on this book. This is written from the point of a good guy without any PC filter whatsoever. It is clear as the book goes on this is just the sense of humor and coping mechanism for the main character but if you are sensitive you might get your feelings hurt.
Also, please keep in mind this book is for adults. This is definitely one I would not listen to with my 12 year old daughter. Overall, the book was enjoyable. I liked the characters and the humor was great! It isn't Tolstoy. If you want depth go somewhere else. It it is a light, fun, refreshing read and is a great pallet cleanser after reading heavier or more complex books.
I would listen to this book again. This is mainly because it seems to be a bridge book for future novels. The character's are being developed a bit mo..Show More »re which is good. The humor is fun, but you can't carry a series on the strength of that alone.
This is the 5th book in the Tome of Bill series. Getting right to the point, if you liked the previous books in this series you will like this one as ..Show More »well. If you did not like the previous books then why the heck have you continued this far into the series?
The story is interesting and the humor is good. There is a bit of character development but not too much which is good as this series is supposed to be light and I'd hate to lose the fun and humor as the series progresses. Some of the character actions don't make great sense, then again stupid actions are Bill's trademark.
Really I would have given this book 4 stars except that the conclusion of the story is sort of weak and it really is more of a setup for later stories than a true stand alone novel. I hate stories that are left hanging. It's one thing to have a meta-plot but quite another to leave the reader feeling like the story was not adequately resolved.
The narrarator is good. He does one of the best smart-alec voices I have heard. He doesn't have the greatest range but his ability to bring out the humor more than makes up for other shortcomings. The problem with this one is the audio quality wasn't as good as the previous books. You could definitely could hear different volume levels as they switched tracks which is annoying and makes you turn your mp3 player up and down a good bit
Other than that this is another fun and enjoyable book in the series. I am looking forward to the next one, but definitely hope for a better ending to the next book..