After shooting and killing his nephew, a gunman runs wild in a London park. What drives Edward to commit such heinous acts? Who will survive yet another of his moments of madness? The action takes place in Jersey, Cornwall, Manchester, London, and places not of this world. Random Bullets is a crime thriller with a paranormal twist.
This audiobook is very enjoyable not the usual crime thriller I listen but it was easy to get into plus held my attention from beginning to the end several stories mingling into one a bit raunchy in places and a bloodbath at the end
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed this story. I have to be honest, I didn’t at first. I had a difficult time following the switches that take place. Once I figured that out, I still had a little trouble, but it was much better. I almost quit, but I am glad I didn’t. It is a great story with a great ending. I think you will enjoy it.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
This book may be enjoyed by someone with a different tolerance for fringe behaviors and thicker skin, I was turned off at every turn.
Has Random Bullets turned you off from other books in this genre?
No, I will pay closer attention to the overall storytelling though, not at all my taste.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narrator didn't match the vocal inflection to the story, the highs and lows in volume and timbre were very distracting in being overdone in simple conversation and almost missing when needed to sell the story. A bit to Monte Python, over the top for me.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Not really, fat shaming, victimizing young girls, etc. Not my kind of mystery.
Any additional comments?
The overall writing style and pace was well done but the sensationalism was overkill, just present the story simply and give us the needed details, there really is no need to waste a whole chapter on why someone is overweight, sum it up and move on, we get it.
There was really no way to follow the book with this narrator, he was all over the place in his infliction and didn't even bother to change his voice or even the pace of his narration with different characters. His rather cheery voice saying "And he shot him in the back of the head." was so distracting and out of place, I had to take a month long break from this book.
I received this audiobook for free from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
Looks like the author wanted to mash multiple genres in this book and as a result, created a confusing mess of a story. It proved very difficult to get into and I couldn't understand what was really going on or where it was all headed. I had to abandon the after a point.
The narration too was pretty bland.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
I’m not sure what is going on in this book. I couldn’t get into it or see the point in finishing it. It’s very choppy and the narration is not great. I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.
this book was decent entrainment. not horrible and not great. hard to follow at first for me
A sunny day in London, June, 2015, the day that Edward will end his, and his nephew Sam's, life. At sixty-something, Edward's time on earth has been filled with pain, disappointment and anger. With an abrasive personality similar to his mother's, they had clashed and she had written him out of her will, favouring instead his half brother, Charlie. So whilst Edward had existed in poverty on disability benefits in the dreary confines of the North of England, Charlie and his flirtatious wife had the comforts and luxury of a prosperous restaurant in Cornwall and an expensive house in sunny Jersey. When Sam, his nephew, disregards an agreement reached by the two brothers before Charlie's death, Edward snapped. His nephew was going to die.
This is not a who-dun-it but much more a what-happened-next thriller. The basic killing is established in the early pages but it is the background which surrounds it that fills the book, background not only to Edward's life but also that of people sitting in the park close to the shooting. So the reader meets a number of characters and those close to them, their hopes, their loves, their lives. It is an interesting book, compelling, if sometimes a little disjointed as focus switches between protagonists, and there is humour as well as pathos and love.
It is, however, hard for this reader to rate the story in this audiobook as the reading by Alexander Doddy dominated the overall atmosphere. His sing song presentation, with wildly changing intonation and up-down speech, gives everything a dismissive and slightly comic feel. With a more conventional narration, the impact could have been very different. As it is, there is a sense of comedic unreality throughout and it is difficult to engage with any of the characters as actual people.
My thanks to the rights holder for gifting me a complimentary copy of Radom Bullets, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. This review is entirely voluntary. Whilst an amusing listen, I think a reader would be better choosing the written version of this book rather than this audio version.
A gunman runs amok in a London park killing apparently random victims. But what could have provoked such monstrous behaviour? Moving through several locations and a myriad of ordinary (and not so ordinary) characters, the story gradually slots the pieces into place to track the series of events that lead to one moment of madness.
Part thriller, part paranormal mystery, this is one of Ms Mutter’s early frays into the world of the paranormal. (Her talent for all things mystical is more pronounced in her later books - most notably, the ‘Hostile’ series.) The characters, as always, are an eclectic bunch and like all good mysteries, the links between them emerge slowly. The plot develops into a complex tale of family feuds, fallings-out and misunderstandings that – as we all know - can so easily lead to murder and mayhem. Narrated by actor and voice artist Alexander Doddy, this is an enjoyable and occasionally laugh-out-loud story, and while I don’t think it’s quite up to the standard of the author’s later works, it is no less entertaining.