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Bobby Dollar is an angel - a real one. He knows a lot about sin, and not just in his professional capacity as an advocate for souls caught between Heaven and Hell. Bobby’s wrestling with a few deadly sins of his own - pride, anger, even lust.

But his problems aren’t all his fault. Bobby can’t entirely trust his heavenly superiors, and he’s not too sure about any of his fellow earthbound angels either, especially the new kid that Heaven has dropped into their midst, a trainee angel who asks too many questions. And he sure as hell doesn’t trust the achingly gorgeous Countess of Cold Hands, a mysterious she-demon who seems to be the only one willing to tell him the truth.

When the souls of the recently departed start disappearing, catching both Heaven and Hell by surprise, things get bad very quickly for Bobby D. End-of-the-world bad. Beast of Revelations bad. Caught between the angry forces of Hell, the dangerous strategies of his own side, and a monstrous undead avenger that wants to rip his head off and suck out his soul, Bobby’s going to need all the friends he can get - in Heaven, on Earth, or anywhere else he can find them.

You’ve never met an angel like Bobby Dollar. And you’ve never read anything like The Dirty Streets of Heaven.

Brace yourself - the afterlife is weirder than you ever believed.

©2012 Tad Williams (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks

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great read

not at all what I was expecting great book keeps you guessing till the end can't wait to read the rest on these

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Great story by a great author

Loved the story. The different spin on an old struggle between heaven and hell. Definitely worth time and money.

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  • Trista
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 09-04-15

i guess it's okay

What did you like best about The Dirty Streets of Heaven? What did you like least?

The narrator. George Newburn did great! I sort of liked the book. It seemed to drag on. Probably should have ended about three hours earlier.

Would you be willing to try another book from Tad Williams? Why or why not?

not any time soon.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

probably.

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love tad williams and this is a great book

Would you listen to The Dirty Streets of Heaven again? Why?

aaaaa no it was great but i dont even watch the same movies twice...

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

i think he did a good job and pleasant to listen to

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

ahhh..yes and have been through all three in the series

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Dresden in at play between heaven and hell.

If you enjoyed this but haven't heard of Harry Dresden, check that out too.

Felt a bit copycatish, but Tad, being the brilliant writer pulls it off on its own merits.

Good character development, snarky dialogue, and a grand conspiracy theory meld together along with a theme that questions the religious bones in your body. A great combination.

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Not Your Momma's Angels

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. Tad Williams weaves a wonderfully imaginative tale of grit, action, suspense and non-stop snark all rolled into one in this tale of Angel and Demon advocates.

What other book might you compare The Dirty Streets of Heaven to and why?

Williams' voice for Bobby Dollar reminds me of other authors such as Larry Correia, Christopher Moore, Tom Holt, Terry Pratchett, Carl Hiaasen and the Nightstalkers (Area 51) series by Bob Mayer, so if you enjoy one liners and dialogue that make you laugh so hard you snort coffee out your nose mid sip ...

Have you listened to any of George Newbern’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I've never had the pleasure of listening to George before and OMG, my world has been lacking because of it! George was awesome. He truly gave life to all the different characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughter -- to the extreme. Especially whenever G-man or Foxy showed up. On the first meeting of G-man, I was laughing so hard, I almost wet myself. (Yes, George's voice characterizations are that good. I was actually seeing the entire scene play out in vivid color in my mind.)

Any additional comments?

Come on, you know you want to hear it. Get it now. Your life won't be complete until you listen to the tale about a gun packing, smart talking, boozing, get in trouble Angel.

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Great audiobook, but nothing groundbreaking

I agree with those saying this series is like Dresden. The main character is scrappy and resilient, stubborn, snarky, has a dark and mysterious past, and has an interesting cast of quirky supporting characters. If you've read the Dresden files, you probably won't be able to help comparing the two. In my head, I kept hearing how James Marsters would have delivered some of the lines.

I think the order you read them (Dollar first or Dresden first) will affect your opinion. Bobby seemed a little too quippy, and the romance aspect made me roll my eyes multiple times. After seeing the plot description for the second book, I'm skipping to the third.

But just because this book is similar to another series doesn't make it less entertaining, just less novel. The narration was great, the world and characters were enjoyable, and I'm definitely interested in reading more - just not about the amazingly beautiful mesmerizingly perfect demon lady.

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  • jennifer
  • MESA, AZ, United States
  • 06-01-14

Interesting premise

Would you listen to The Dirty Streets of Heaven again? Why?

No, once was enough. I liked it enough to try the second book. But while this one raised interesting ideas about the nature of morality and what comes next, the next book went much darker very fast, and stayed there. I did not finish it.

What other book might you compare The Dirty Streets of Heaven to and why?

After reading the first, I was involved enough to go on to the second book.

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

As a defense attorney myself, I was amused that we were God's emissary's for souls, and prosecutorial duties handled by the dark side.

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  • Allison
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 03-04-14

What to expect

This book is a detective/mystery novel. The aspects of Heaven and Hell that it describes are not integral to the main story line.

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Fans of Harry Dresden, give Bobby Dollar a try!

Bobby Dollar's voice and sense of humor is reminiscent of Harry Dresden's, giving this book a similar "feel", but the storyline is purely original. Here we have angels and demons (as opposed to wizards, vampires, fae and other paranormal creatures found in the Harry Dresden books). This is the first book in the series and is a great start. Bobby gets caught up in all kinds of craziness, including the search for missing souls and an investigation into the murder of a demon all while trying to stay alive himself. There is a lot going on and Bobby tells his story with a very entertaining narrative voice.

Narrator George Newbern is fantastic! He does a wonderful array of voices and his cadence and tone are perfect. Well worth the audible credit!