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Reaper's Revenge

Death's Journal
Narrated by: John Pirhalla
Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Cloudan Coustre isn't the driving force to save humanity, the universe, or even the kitten stuck in his neighbor's tree. He isn't a father, brother, spouse, nor significant other to anyone. When it comes right down to it, Cloudan Coustre isn't even alive. What is he then? He is the embodiment of death, this day and age's version of the Grim Reaper. Mr. Coustre is fed up with life as death, but what is a deity in middle management to do to effect change? More importantly, what happens when he figures that out?

Welcome to a snap shot into the life of being death. In this psychopomp form, death decides that being a part of the living suits him. Just long enough to get himself caught up in a murder investigation, then he watches as it all unrolls. Ending in a place he would never have imagined.

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Tour de Force

This book was like going back to college and reliving humanities. A hilarious, zany romp through the eyes of the grim reaper as he unfolds a mystery wrapped up in all the folklore and mythos the world has to offer. I won't lie, you have to know your shtuff to really follow along with sometimes subtle hints at mythic beings but just stay on the rollercoaster because it all makes sense as you speed along. Absolutely made me think of American Gods (NG) and cracking open old books to see who the heck those characters were. RR is a much different book than AG but just as ambitious. It also is quite humorous from a sarcastic bent.
Holding it all together is the narrator. Unbelievable amount of voices in this book and this guy nails them all. If you're like me, a narrator can make or break a book. John Pirhalla took the book to another level. Fantastic production.

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Brilliant

I really enjoyed this novel. If you like the gods, greek and norse, the epic heroes, and the reaper himself you will love this new age twist. The writing is brilliant. The narration is perfect, enhancing this great story. My only problem with this book is that it is a part one, and as of writing this part two has not been produced. I can't wait to find out how it ends. I highly recommend this series. I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left my honest review.

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NICE!

Unique and original. loved listening to this audible.

The narration was really good. Voices for the characters were perfect.

I received a review copy free at my request. I freely post my review

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Creative reimagining of mythology<br />

fantastic way to incorporate mythological characters and weave them together. I really enjoyed this. Hope to see more in the future.

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Interesting Enough

This book starts out as a day in the life of death which I found very interesting. It was like a character study of death, and in some ways like the old Showtime show Dead Like Me. There wasn't much plot for the first 2/3 of the book, but also I didn't really care because I was entertained by the episodic reapings.

Then around the 2/3 mark the story changes, a plot is introduced, and I found the story far less compelling that in the earlier chapters. It's usually the other way around, but I felt like there were a bit too many moving parts and not enough build up to make me feel connected to the overall story arc. I ended up taking a break to watch TV shows and listen to other things about 2 hours from the end, and then came back to finish it off.

This isn't what I would call a bad book. As I said, it is interesting. It's just a bit inconsistent in terms of the storytelling style, and I didn't really like the change of pace.

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  • Neona
  • Chattanooga TN
  • 11-23-19

Enjoyable even if you don't know Mythology

It's been years since I had a mythology lesson in school and it's not something I am really interested in.

Anyway I was given this book free from Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review.

Overall this book was very enjoyable although it got a bit confusing around the last two hours of the book when there were several different mythological legends and gods being spoken about and for someone not familiar with the gods, it was kind of hard to remember which god was the god of what, etc.

I didn't like that the story ended on a cliff hanger, I never like it when I know a book is making me wait for a second book to find out how the story ends.

I did find the story well written, fun and the narrator did a good job of making each character sound unique.
It is worth a credit.

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Good read

This is my first book by this author narrator. John did a great job narrating. I love these types of genres and look forward to more books by this author.

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Entertaining

I got this story via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. From the blurb, I thought I was not going to like this story. I don't care for psycho-thrillers. But this one was not. It was filled with many of the fables we have heard since childhood but with a twist. An interesting twist but a good one. The narration was another character within the book. I think it added to the details.

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Mystery and Myths!

Life, Death, Love and Strength!
This author has combined these into a fascinating start of a new series.
The narration was top notch and spot on.
This audio was given to me free and I voluntarily gave this review.

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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 11-10-19

Loved all the mythology!!!

I'm not sure if I would have loved this book as much as I did had I not studied Greek and Norse mythology in school. Since I had, I enjoyed this book immensely!!

The reaper is beautiful, a bit of a douche, and just found out he can fall in love. There is so much subtext and quite a bit of mythology interspersed that you need to pay attention. With a good ear, this book takes you on a wonderful. and sometimes very funny, journey into the lives of the grim reaper.

The narration was easily the best part of this listen. The cast of characters is insane and its the narration that brings them to life - the muses, Apollo, you name it, they were all given special personas and characterizations.

The ending made me think that a second book was on deck. I don't see it, as yet, but I certainly hope there is one!

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  • Elizabeth Frounks
  • 12-05-19

Witty and Captivating

Cloudan is the Grim Reaper in this tale, and this story is so filled with lore and backstory linked to myths that I hadn't heard of as in-depth as a few others may have. Still, there was no struggle to read what happens and it works well at introducing and explaining the myths in a way that wouldn't seem condescending - at I don't think it would. Cloudan's personality is everything I adore in leads of a story, the wit and charm always draws me in. It truly is a wonderfully written tale that I will likely listen to again and again

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • ChaosKay
  • 11-12-19

Excellent

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

A look into a life of death.
Cloudan is the Grim Reaper but he prefers being with the living.
He gets caught up in murder investigation and as he watches it all unfold things start to get strange.
I like the aspects of mythology are wound into the story and Cloudan’s sarcasm is great.

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  • Curly's Ramblings
  • 11-08-19

Good performance

Good mythology & current blended story. There were several flashbacks that made it difficult to follow in audiobook since there wasn’t any warning in the audiobook format that the scene was suddenly jumping back. The narrator did a great job. I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Sara B
  • 11-07-19

What an Adventure!!

Cloudan Coustre was hilarious, witty, funny, sarcastic and the list goes on. I truly enjoyed listening to the Reaper's Revenge. It was written brilliantly, charged with mystery, twist and turns thrown into a moshpit of folklore and mythology. That being said, even with less than basic knowledge of these mythoi, you can still follow and enjoy the story. Moreover, one must appreciate the amount of research the author must have done to have written this book.

Christian V. Reinhardt did an incredible job with the plot and character development. The dialogue was superb with clever and witty banter. I had many LOL moments. As for the writing, it was excellent with exceptional vocabulary and clear transitions. There wasn't a single moment that I felt bored or thought that the story dragged.

As for the narrator, John Pirhalla, he was incredible. I absolutely loved him. He is quite talented, especially with different timbres and voices for all the various characters. He brought each one to life and gave them personality. I'd like to listen to more of his work.

I highly recommend Reaper's Revenge and I hope there will be a second book.