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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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a very interesting twist on a classic genre

What made the experience of listening to The Dirty Streets of Heaven the most enjoyable?

the characters are memorable and the story is well narrated, with a really nice rhythm that keeps you listening for more. the countess of cold hands is one of the sexiest character's i've ever read about.

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

the actor's performance perfectly fits the mood of the story and gives a very nice rendition of the characters.

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  • Nathan
  • London, Ontario Canada
  • 11-26-13

Urban fantasy with actual Angels and Demons

An urban fantasy with actual Angels and Demons. Written in the style of a detective-noir the main character is a not perfect angel advocate arguing for departed souls to go to heaven. He gets caught up in a after-life threatening conspiracy.
I liked this but it really going to depend on the readers taste. The humour is dry, snarky and puny. If you like modern detective noir you'll probably like this.

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  • Cweth
  • Chase, BC, Canada
  • 10-25-13

it was a fun read

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

I don't think I'll listen to it again. Re-reading/listening is pretty rare for me. I liked this one, but I don't think it's going to come around again in my listening queue

Would you recommend The Dirty Streets of Heaven to your friends? Why or why not?

I would definitely recommend the story to anyone who likes urban fantasy, but also to non-fantasy readers. The ideas and characters are interesting.

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Great characters. Boring story.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would make the story more interesting. It was okay but nothing I would listen to again, nor do I wanna listen to book 2. It wasn't tantalizing.

Has The Dirty Streets of Heaven turned you off from other books in this genre?

Of course not.

What about George Newbern’s performance did you like?

Yes his performance was awesome

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  • Thomas
  • Auberry, CA, United States
  • 05-28-13

Boring PG poor man's version of Sandman Slim

Wow, what a boring dog of a book. I could not finish because I could not stay interested. Nothing about this book worked. Silly story, boring character, boring narrator. I refereneced the Sandman Slim books in the title but really feel I'm doing Sandman Slim a disservice by even mentioning him in a sentence with this lame book's main character Bobby Dollar.

Boring, boring, boring.

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  • Joshua
  • VALLEJO, CA, United States
  • 02-01-13

A Cool Introduction to Noir

What did you love best about The Dirty Streets of Heaven?

The way he skirted the line between religious sacrilege and religious respect. Williams took an Angel as his main character and managed to make the book not at all about religion.

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

The Desden Files comes to mind for the tone is not the theme.

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  • Matthew
  • Hudson, OH, United States
  • 01-07-13

Ok, but not great

Any additional comments?

Tad Williams has written better. Whether or not fair, in this genre his work unfortunately pales compared to Jim Butcher / The Dresden Files.

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Too long

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I read it as part of a book club. I wanted to read a Tad Williams book so I thought this was a good place to start. I would recommend a friend to see what other books Williams has written and see if any of them are more interesting.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I sensed something was up, but I didn't make the connection.

What about George Newbern’s performance did you like?

He had a good voice. You could tell from the tone of the voice which character it was, which is not always the case with some narrators.

Do you think The Dirty Streets of Heaven needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

There is a lot of background information and unfinished threads in the story which I think will be picked up in the following books. I will read the next books when they come out.

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Really Promising First Book and a Great Reading

Where does The Dirty Streets of Heaven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Right in line with some of the top. Newbern's reading reminded me a lot of James Marster's Dresden Files narration, with both humor and seriousness when needed. A great new addition to the Urban Fantasy genre.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Countess of Cold Hands, I really liked how the demoness filled the almost classic jaded female companion to Bobby Dollars gumshoe.

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

Newbern brought a depth to the characters that while present in the book, really popped out in his narration.

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

While I laughed out loud several times during the book, my most extreme reaction came from the sex scenes which were quite hot.

Any additional comments?

This series is now on my must read list and I will be checking out more narrations by George Newbern in the future. I was very impressed.

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  • Chi
  • Riverside, CA, United States
  • 12-05-12

A decent detective novel with a twist

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

No, I don't listen to novels twice

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like the countess.

Which character – as performed by George Newbern – was your favorite?

Hellium

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

15 hours, I don't think so.

Any additional comments?

I wish the book could expand a little more on the politic situation between heaven and hell.