The title character from ABC's hit television series Castle kicks off his new series of books featuring tough and sexy New York police detective Nikki Heat with a bang....
When Derrick Storm needed to leave the CIA, he couldn't just retire. He had to fake his own death....
Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer....
You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer. Now the rent is due again. What do you do? If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter....
Four women - four friends - share a determination to stop a killer who has been stalking newlyweds in San Francisco. Each one holds a piece of the puzzle...
Billy Harney was born to be a cop. The son of Chicago's chief of detectives, whose twin sister is also on the force, Billy plays it by the book....
Treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo are exploring the Great Pocomoke Swamp in Delaware when they are shocked to discover a World War II German U-boat....
It's June in Montreal, and Dr. Temperance Brennan, who has left a shaky marriage back home in North Carolina to take on the challenging assignment of Director of Forensic Anthropology....
At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man - until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball....
The series that had a generation looking to the sky gets a breathtaking audio reprise in an original full-cast dramatization featuring actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson....
He slips into their homes at night and walks silently into bedrooms where women lie sleeping, unaware of the horrors they soon will endure...
Sam Prichard was a good kid, but sometimes that isn't enough to let you miss out on the bad parts of life. Losing his father at sixteen had been bad enough, but then facing the betrayal of his fiancé....
For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch, the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic....
The police can't help you. The press will destroy you. Only one place to turn: the renowned investigation company called Private....
Introducing Wyoming's Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel, the first in the Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire....
A no-nonsense detective is on the trail of the sharpest and deadliest criminal mind he has ever encountered: a serial robber who murders any and all witnesses in cold-blood....
From New York Times best-selling author Michael Connelly, a new thriller introducing a driven young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD....
Amos Decker's life changed forever - twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro....
In the sequel to the New York Times best-selling Heat Wave, Richard Castle does it again with his thrilling new mystery. Tough, sexy, professional, NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat carries a passion for justice as she leads one of New York City’s top homicide squads. In what’s sure to be another smash sensation by blockbuster author Richard Castle, listeners will once again follow Nikki Heat and hotshot reporter Jameson Rook as they trade barbs and innuendos - all while on the trail of a murderer!
I thought this was a well paced, wittily written mystery, as was the first book.
For people who are looking for an episode of the the TV series in which the supposed author is a character, you have missed the point. This is a story with it's own characters. Yes, you can see similarities, but they aren't supposed to be the same!
A fun read, a fun listen. If you like the show, you will find a few in jokes as well.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
A complete sleeper for me -- never heard of the book, never heard of the author (whom I now understand is a fictional character), never seen the television show or listened to anything else the narrator had read. But something in the blurb appealed to me, so I went for it. Good deal. It's a very good book, made even better by the narrator, Johnny Heller. Not only does Heller perform perfectly, but he has a voice that's pure pleasure to listen to. He sounds vaguely familiar, but I can't quite place it -- a bit like Peter Falk, maybe? Anyway, very nice voice quality.
As for the book, there's plenty of action, interesting characters with a requisite amount of quirky personality characteristics, nobody comes off as obnoxious -- except for the bad guys (or girls) -- and lots of moments when you find yourself listening way beyond the allotted time.
Nothing profound here, just a good, enjoyable "I want more" book to enjoy -- I suspect I'll listen to this one more than once. It's one of those books that's sufficiently interesting that it really doesn't matter if you know who did it or not. The trip is worth it, all by itself.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I downloaded "naked heat" because I really like the tv-show castle. so for me it was great fun to listen to a book written by a fictinous writer. It's a nice addition to the show, but I think it wouldn`t work that well if you`re not a castle fan.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
Castle is the only TV show I watch regularly. Clever, well written and well cast, the books as a marketing bonus are fun too. Keep up the good work...
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
This is the second book in the series and the second Heat-Castle book I have listened to and I LOVE both of them. I'm anxious to complete the series, but I need to pace myself! I have enjoyed the character development in the novels thus far, and get a kick out of Rook's sense of humor and wit. I also particuarly appreciate the empathic approach the writer gives his star female detective, Nicki Heat.
Someone wrote that these Heat novels are similar to television cop dramas and I concur with that assessment. I like television cop dramas and I like the mystery combined with the story-line and the relationship development. I read several genres along these lines, some fluffier and some more intense. These Heat novels are the perfect middle ground for someone who wants to listen to a good story with good reading without too many graphic details but beyond simple fluff. There is some sexual content, but not too much. There is some language, but not too much.
Also, I LOVE this narrator. Before wasting a credit or $, I always read several reader reviews and Heller has received several positive ones, but something must be up with the reviewers who are writing negative comments because they are WAAAAY off base. What do I love about this reader? The voice fits. He gives a personal voice to all the characters with overt or subtle changes and keeps the listener captivated. The best part, and likely the reason he was chosen, is that he delivers the funny, clever and sarcastic comments of the male lead DEAD ON. It takes talent to deliver those lines and Heller doesn't miss. I have laughed out loud multiple times.
Highly recommend this series and if you're like me and read all the negative comments first then the positive ones later - please do not be dissuaded. I personally believe they are disengenuos. These books are worth your credit!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Johnny Heller, the narrator of this story, has been doing a lot a work lately and that's a good thing. But, the selection of stories that he is narrating is a problem for me. He has a very gentle, innocent, high-pitched voice that, in my opinion, should be confined to children's books, and not used in the adult murder/suspense category.
His narration has ruined more than one story for me. And, now he will be the first narrator that will cause me to decline selections from Audible.com.
There are 139 books in my library.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Not a lot of substance, but not gloomy and dark either. I am seriously getting tired of the depressing one note bleakness in mystery right now and found this a refreshing change. Doesn't take a lot of energy to focus on like a good beach book. Funny without being too silly.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This might have been a bit more tolerable if I was doing on paper. I am happy to say I am writing this a few weeks after finishing this and can't remember specifics about why the narrator was so annoying but he was. The book itself reminded me of a stock-character-laden bad TV show...which I think this was based on. Not horrible but if you have time you should find the other 467 audio books I have bought. This might just barely make my Top 450. I have only rated 5 or 6 with one star and maybe 10 with 2. Kinda' like Wanbaugh without the humor.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed Naked Heat! However, it was really hard not to have Nathan Fillian(?)'s face, and (I'm sorry, I can't remember her name), the young female detective, on Castle)'s face. But, that was not a problem. :-) It was pleasurable listening, along with intrique, murder, and mystery. I really liked it. Can't wait for the author to do another.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
.... so for fluff it gets 5 starts.... but I save 5 when there is literary panache. This story is real middle of the road decent entertainment.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
I found this to be an interesting book, mainly because of the little winks to, and echoes from, the TV series CASTLE and the constant references in the series to certain pages of this particular book. If you don't know the series, I am not so sure what you will make of it..
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
If you are a fan of Castle you'll surely love the book series written by that ruggedly handsome writer, the names may be different but this is the same a tale of Beckett and Castle through and through albeit with a unique and different flare that makes it compelling to read or in this case listen to
Would you listen to Naked Heat again? Why?
Absolutely, with the final solution in mind it'd be wonderful to re-read and see it all fitting together.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I actually pretty much did listen to it in one sitting. Or two 5 hour sittings.
Any additional comments?
Really brilliant way to add onto the series and although at first I worried the books would feel less alive and vibrant in comparison to the tv show, its actually really nice to get longer denser mysteries peppered with the same banter and humour.
Where does Naked Heat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
That's a tough question as it is far from a literary masterpiece, but I found it enjoyable nonetheless. If you are a fan of the TV series you'll enjoy the tone and dialogue in the book, but if you aren't already a fan I don't think this book will convert you.
Would you be willing to try another book from Richard Castle? Why or why not?
Maybe, there are a lot of tropes and twists taken from the TV series so in some ways it is a review or an extension of that. It doesn't have the wit and intention of a Chandler book, but does pitch at the 'gumshoe PI' genre.
Have you listened to any of Johnny Heller’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I think this is the first Johnny Heller performance I've listened to and it was engaging enough. You hear Nathan Fillion's voice even if there is another actor portraying Derrick Storm.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
In a word, nope. I am familiar with Castle and most of the bits in the book are lifted from there - and the twisted are as telegraphed as the punches that are thrown. Still enjoyable and diverting as pulp fiction.