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Kill the Dead Audiobook

Kill the Dead: Sandman Slim, Book 2

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James Stark, a.k.a. Sandman Slim, crawled out of Hell, took bloody revenge for his girlfriend’s murder, and saved the world along the way. After that, what do you do for an encore? You take a lousy job tracking down monsters for money. It’s a depressing gig, but it pays for your beer and cigarettes. But in L.A., things can always get worse.

Like when Lucifer comes to town to supervise his movie biography and drafts Stark as his bodyguard. Sandman Slim has to swim with the human and inhuman sharks of L.A.’s underground power elite. That’s before the murders start. And before he runs into the Czech porn star who isn’t quite what she seems. Even before all those murdered people start coming back from the dead and join a zombie army that will change our world and Stark’s forever.

Death bites. Life is worse. All things considered, Hell’s not looking so bad.

More mayhem? Try another eerie earful of Sandman Slim.

©2010 Richard Kadrey (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Profane, intensely metaphoric language somehow makes self-tortured monster Stark sympathetic and turns a simple story into a powerful noir thriller." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jim "The Impatient" 12-20-14 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "EVERYBODY IN CALIFORNIA IS A BUDDHIST FOR ABOUT 15"

    MINUTES, THEN THEY FIND OUT THEY CAN'T EAT CHILI DOGS.
    I would not recommend reading this before book one. This makes more sense if you read book one and this is not as good as book one. It is still a good book, I mean how can you not like a book, which has a CZECH, GYPSIE, PORN STAR, ZOMBIE KILLER as a main character. James ,Sandman Slim, is still a sarcastic potty mouth with a constant string of one-liners that will have you rolling in the aisles. His sidekick head, now has a way of moving around on his own and he is even funnier in this book then book one.

    THE NICEST DEAD GUY, I'VE EVER KNOWN
    This book is a four star, unlike book one, which is a five star. Just like many other authors who write character driven series, such as Maberry with Joe Ledger, there seems to be an attempt to make the character more likeable and more down to earth then the first book. In the first book James is Sandman Slim not James Stark so much. In the first book he is out for revenge and all he cares about is himself. In this book, we are encouraged to feel more empathy for him. This results in him being a little whinny at times. He is striving to be liked and to be nicer. He is nicer to his bodiless sidekick and there are these moral issues about family, that we get hit over the head with. BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO RESCUE FAMILY, EVEN ASSHOLE FAMILY. FAMILIES ARE DIFFICULT, BUT HAVING NONE IS WORSE.
    To me there are plenty of books out there with high morals and feel good endings. Occasionally I want something that is dark and funny and that is why I liked book one. I would not want all my books to be dark and mean, but it is a release sometimes to indulge in such books. Making James, cute and cuddly, is not what I want or why I would read a Richard Kadry book. MAYBE WHAT YOU NEED IS AN ENGLISH TO ASSHOLE HANDBOOK?

    HE WAS GANGBANGED BY A THESAURUS
    The narrator is pretty good, but I do think Ray Porter would be better.

    I would not normally continue a series once it drops below a five star, but due to the strength of book one, I will go one more to see if he regains his nastiness.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    gardener97 Atlanta 10-26-13
    gardener97 Atlanta 10-26-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant, Absolutely Brilliant"

    It's been a long time since I've had a book series that could tickle me so. I've read so many books in my life and to get something so surprisingly creative and unexpectedly funny at the same time is miraculous. And the joy of it is there are FIVE books in this series. I have them all and I've even listened to them again. I think Richard. Kadrey has found his perfect milieu. I can't say I like his others books so much but this series stands in a place of honor. The same for MacLeod Andrews as the narrator. His kaleidoscope of voices is just wonderful PLUS he can do women's voices without sounding like a transgender. I only wish there were more books. I remember when I discovered Patrick O'Brian and found he had 22 books... if only Sandman Slim had that many...

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    Jay Pruitt Ruston, La 09-05-14
    Jay Pruitt Ruston, La 09-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "HOPING FOR MORE....!!!!"

    eep looking for a series that will keep it interesting the whole way through. Thought I had found what I had been searching for but......!!!!
    The first half was good and parts of the middle BUT the ending was a let down. The title character "Sandman Slim" had lots of issues. Wanted to slap him in the mouth and say grow up you punk. To much sappy memories talk about a girl that he only knew for a brief time and was willing to watch the world burn in order to find revenge.
    MacLeod did an excellent job in keeping the story rolling BUT at times "Sandman Slim" sounded more like a whinny baby than a stoned faced killer.
    With all that being said I'm going to attempt the 3nd book in the series and see where it leads.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 10-21-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2016

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "High plains drifters (zombies) abound."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a fast paced interesting book with lots of punk attitude.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kill the Dead?

    The zombie havoc in LA was well done. Also, the little girl ghost was really creepy.


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    he just has the attitude of this series down pat. He also has a great range of voices and makes the whole greater han the sum of its parts.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Two things I generally don't like are stories about time travel or zombies. In this case the author made a zombie story that was actually interesting and fun. You can't go wrong with this book or the series as a whole.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Naka 12-26-12
    Mike Naka 12-26-12 Member Since 2012

    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

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    "good enough for me to buy book 3"
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    i found ktd (kill the dead) entertaining but not as entertaining as sandman slim. stark is more of a gumshoe this time around. he works for the golden vigil, collecting a gov't check. stark's brought in for his opinion of the death of an old sub rosa. as the story progresses, we learn more about the sub rosa and their factions.

    uriel and candy are on the run and stark comes across a new partner, bridgette bardow, a porn star gypsy who hunts revenants (zombies). she teaches him the proper way to subdue a revenant by tearing out its spinal cord.

    in ktd, you never get the sense that stark is evenly matched or outmatched like in sandman slim.

    i found lucifer scarier and more terrifying in sandman slim. even though he had a few minor parts, he oozed power. the narrator's calm, easy tone conveyed lucifer's confidence and power. you hung on every word. stark even seemed to bbe afraid of him, not wanting to speak out of turn nor dare be disrespectful. now, stark talks back and throws wise a$$ remarks lucifer's way. i don't get the abrupt change. in ktd, lucifer is portrayed as a celebrity with people fawning over him instead of fearing him and putting their arm around him instead of cowering in fear. this was my biggest disappointment.

    macleod andrew's performance was great again. he even pulls off an eastern european porn star. lol

    overall, a pretty good follow-up. i grade it a sohmore slump after being blown away by the first book. don't get me wrong, i've already downloaded the 3rd book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 12-08-11
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 12-08-11 Member Since 2013

    BJS

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    "Book 2 in the Sandman Slim series"

    . just gets better and better, can't wait to read the third book in the series. Narrator MacLeod Andrew is fantastic, Richard Kadrey really knows how to keep a story moving thee were NEVER any dull moments. It all ended to soon for me. I hope that Audible will be getting more from this author.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Chilton-Kendrick 08-05-17 Member Since 2015

    I love Science Fiction, Mysteries, Thrillers & Werewolves & Vampires. I devour audiobooks. Driving, cleaning house & anytime.

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    "Not as Good as Others"

    Narrator is great, but the story is becoming like a predictable formula. I still listened to the end. May need a break before the next audiobook.

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    Michael 07-19-17
    Michael 07-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good, not as good as the first but entertaining!"

    the story is pretty good, it drags on in a few places but is still very enjoyable because..........It's Sandman Slim!!

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    Ariel Hoopes 05-19-17 Member Since 2017

    #weeniedogmom #reader/listener/scribbler I like big books and little books and all books.

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    "Spaghetti Zombie Noir, Over the top goodness"

    This is why I hate working with other people. They see things. I don't look, so I don't set off traps. Curiosity didn't kill the cat, other people did.

    Oh Stark, you're still so full of warm fuzzies and snark as you were in the first, Sandman Slim . And you're obviously still a little shithead as you were before. Carry on, good sir.

    Kill the Dead is a solid sequel to the ongoing series of the many adventures of James Stark to see how much the denizens of Hell, Heaven, and Earth can screw him and his friends over. Known as Sandman Slim, the boogeyman of boogeymen and killer of monsters, Stark ain't doing so hot after the first book. It seems that within the 6 months that have passed since the first book, and saving L.A. (and the world, but L.A. is the best shit hole on this planet so it obviously means a lot to Stark) on New Years Eve has left Stark basically licking his mental wounds and seeing how much of a jerkwad he can be to his friends and loved ones as he falls deeper and deeper into depression.

    It seems that Alice's death has finally hit home, and Stark's way of apology for inadvertently getting her murdered is to drink and smoke himself to death. Well, as much death as a half-angel/half-human can do to themselves. What will it take to pull his head out of his ass and start to pay attention again? Oh, I dunno, maybe a zombie free-for-all down the streets in the City of Angels?

    I definitely enjoyed the "monster" for this second book, the zombies or "zeds and zots", or however you'd like to refer to the undead. Either way, Stark stumbled across a plot to unleash a literal plague of zombies on Los Angeles, but for what? What or who is the driving force behind these bumbling lurkers?

    The zombie twist is clever. This is no "head shot" and boom, the undead are deader. They are complex creatures and need to be handled with care, with a single bite or scratch dooming the recipient to becoming a lurker themselves. I really appreciate that. I'm so used to seeing zombies that are easily disposed of, or maybe they need direct contact with the blood stream to spread the disease, but I thought Kadrey took a good trope and gave it its own twist to stand out and be unique from its fellow zombie books.

    But this isn't really a zombie book. This is an exploration of Stark, his personal and innermost thoughts and how he's handling life after crawling his way back up. It's about politics, dealing with the Golden Vigil and Lucifer, with the population of "magical creatures" that make up the seedy underbelly of L.A. It's about depression and anger, trying to get over a loved one and making up for past mistakes. And it's about the gore. How many dead things can Stark kill? Let's count...

    Again, the humor and one liners are over the top with the right amount of cheese. If spaghetti-noirs were a thing, this would be the cover-boy for spaghetti-noirs. As it is, it's still pretty dark and morbid but the humor comes in to lighten the load a bit and make it more manageable. There were more than a few moments where I laughed out loud at some remark Stark made. He really is a little shit.

    And again, MacLeod Andrews knocks it out of the park with his voice as the narrator for Kill the Dead. His voices are distinct and easily to tell who is speaking as well when Stark is speaking versus thinking to himself and who his comments are direct towards. He also did a pretty passable Eastern European accent for one of my absolute favorite characters, Brigitte. Then again, I'm an uncultured American so I'll just have to say it at least sounded good to my ears. He is absolutely one of my favorite narrators due to the gravel and rasp of his voice, it truly adds to Stark's character and image.

    I didn't rate this 5 stars because while I enjoyed myself thoroughly and will continue to dance my way through the series, I felt it didn't pack quite enough "oomph" at each of the twists or reveals, and that's okay. It was some serious solid story telling with great action and characters, but there were one or two parts where I felt things dragged a little. It was also a little more complicated to listen to in comparison to the first one due to the amount of names that were flung around so sometimes it was hard to keep track of who was who and who was supposed to be dead.

    Having Mason as Stark's antagonist for the series and the overall "Big Bad" gives me the fuzzies because I hate this dude and I love the interactions Stark and Mason have. There will for sure be some more major dustups occurring between them, and just because Mason is 'downtown', doesn't mean he'll stay there for long. Stark may have the key to Hell, but Mason is clever enough to find his own way back to Earth.

    And because it wouldn't be a review of mine unless I left a little bit of poetry at the end from Kasabian, my second favorite buttnugget in the series.
    "Fuck you twice. I'm not taking name abuse from someone named Sandman Slim. That sounds like a diet shake with roofies." I'm telling you, pure poetry.

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    Kindle Customer-USA 05-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The Sandman Slim saga continues..."

    With Mason dead Starke can relax a little, or so he thinks...until a strange object that he finds in the possesion turns out to be the end of another very long supernatural thread. Traversing heaven, hell and all places in between, he's off to save the world (and possibly the universe) again...

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