I bought this audiobook looking for something different. Before starting the book, I scanned through the most recent reviews, which were unflattering..Show More », so I began listening with diminished expectations.
I was surpised at how much I liked this book right from the beginning. I know some that some reviewers didn't care at all for the narrator, but I thought Scott Brick did an excellent job. His voice is very distinct, and colors the text, so I can understand how some listeners might disagree with me.
I will definitely be reading the next installment in this series.
This was an impulse buy, it was offered cheap and had a good rating. Audible lists it as book 1, but it is really book 2. I got about half way through..Show More » it and had give up due to lack of interest. I don't know how you make vampires boring, but Huston found a way. The characters are drug dealers and gangsters and would not be interesting as humans, vampires, werewolves, zombies, etc. It is a snoozer, save your money.
If you are at this point in the series, you are probably already invested.
More of the same (in a good way) - solid writing, great voice ..Show More »work (hey, it's Brick)
One observation, not really a criticism -- the story in this installment is a little less self-contained. I think the episodic plot, the immediate issue or "mystery" that the protagonist deals with, takes a back seat to service the overall plot arc of the series. there is less about the immediate threat and more about complications in the recurring world and overall situations, and the story ends with issues maybe a little more open. It feels like a set-up for the next installments.
(much like Part II of abt any classic trilogy behaves)
It's not really a negative
while it would be a clever trick to be able to close the story AND keep momentum, that would just be a clever trick -- I think the change in pacing keeps the series from falling into a "set em up...knock em down" monotony and seems to be a common and natural place to open up a story to a larger arc (Dresden Files book 3 does this very clearly and the Harry Potter series also follows this rhythm for instance).
-the short term characters,situations nd themes are quite interesting
-the author is not afraid to make the threats a little more abstract and complex (protagonist having to juggle multiple elements)
- the long term characters are not too precious for change
If you are this far in, you'll enjoy it, I did
just prepare to immediately want book 4 (in production) to tie things up.
My Favorite series to date is the Joe Pitt Series, written by Charlie Huston and narrated by Scott Brick It is a vampyre detective series that is just..Show More » the best think I have ever heard and I have a lot of audio books, about 700. Hard biting... (forgive the pun) detective fiction ala Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett written for the New York City drop back mixed in with a little Bram Stoker. Although there is a romance in the story arc, it is not a Harlequin Romance with Fangs series of books. There is Mystery, Murder and Mayhem, all with a capital ‘M’ as Joe Pitt balances his life and work between three feuding vampyre clans and humans. The great thing is that all 5 books have now been recorded and you can listen to them in order. Wonderful books and Scott does a fantastic job narrating them, and in many instances he becomes Joe Pitt.
Warning this is not the next book in Joe Pitt's series , it is book 5. A lot has gone on since No Dominion. Huston has a way of telling his story that..Show More » you will not be lost but it will ruin the other two books. that said great book! Scott Brick perfect for this narration.