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Publisher's Summary

Irish author John Connolly delivers the third novel in his best-selling, critically acclaimed series featuring troubled ex-cop turned detective Charlie Parker.

John Connolly takes battered ex-cop Charlie Parker on his third outing after Every Dead Thing and Dark Hollow. Still struggling with the horrific ghosts of his past, Parker is now a disillusioned private eye hired to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Grace Peltier - which neither her father nor a former US senator believes was suicide. The trail leads to a mass grave in Northern Maine where a Baptist community disappeared 40 years earlier. The deaths of the Baptists and Grace are connected and point in the direction of a shadowy organization known as the Fellowship. With the assistance of some idiosyncratic and murderous acolytes, Parker soon confronts the Fellowship's demonic leader and finds himself caught in a situation more gruesome than even he could ever have imagined.

©2001 John Connolly. All rights reserved. Originally published in 2001 Great Britain by Hodder and Stoughton. All rights reserved. (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Needs a different narrator

I might have enjoyed this story better had it been narrated by someone else.
It was so hard to care about the story (and I'm a JC fan) that I was continually thinking that our ceiling needs painting.
Jeff Harding and George Guidall (previous narrators) do Charlie Parker so well. They have the gravitas to actually sound like a former cop whose wife and daughter had been brutally murdered.
By comparison, Holter Graham sounds like a puppy.
I imagine he'd do well narrating other books. His diction is good and his voice is (too) pleasant. Here he just sounds glib, like a candidate for Student Council president.
Too bad.

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The scariest book of the series, for me.

I re-read the series every year, and I hear different things every time. This one is something I cannot read at night. Too much of my least favorite thing! So glad John Connolly finally got this book on Audible.

Anyone who is not a resident of Maine will probably not be bothered by the faults in narration. However, I would like to offer my free expert advice to all narrators who are giving voice to books set in Maine. As a life long resident, I could tell you that "Calais" is, in Maine, pronounced like "callous", not "cal-ay" like the French, or how "Machias" is pronounced. That kind of thing is the only reason this book did not get a full five stars. Most of the narrators make these mistakes, even while they capture our Downeast accent, and use it for all of us, although there are at least 4 distinct regional accents

Other than that, you will enjoy this book!.

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Narrator was awful!

I enjoyed the book but struggled with Holter. The narrator does the Dark Hunter books This book should be read by Jeff Harding.

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Story ok but pronunciation!

It’s Louis (Lou-e). I figured the joke about the king would’ve been a clue. And it’s Muh-CHI-us! Real places in Maine, so it’s annoying and distracting when they’re pronounced incorrectly.

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Terrible narrator!

I couldn't finish chapter one. I am returning it. Light weight boring narrator trying to portray an emotionally heavy weight character.

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Graham is a ruin.

Graham has about 2 1/2 voices throughout the book, and cannot even keep those straight. What an atrocious reader.

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Why the change in narrator?!?!

I am so disappointed with the change in narrator. The narrator for the first two books did a great job with all of the characters, the narrator for this one butchers Angel and Louis. Disappointing overall, sticking it through for the good story...

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I loved this book! OMG amazing series

I loved this book, is less Scarry than the first one but just as good! I love how they interwimed the stories together and the narrative is amazing! couldn't stop listening till the end!

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Just OK

I had gotten so used to Jeff Harding in the first two books that I was let down this time. Holter Graham was ok. His characters all sound the same and even the female voices are too masculine. Jeff Harding gave each character a distinct voice and females sounded feminine. Overall the story was good and I stayed interested but it wasn't as dynamic and "can't stop listening" as others. I recommend just based on the fact it's a Charlie Parker novel and I enjoy the series.

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Cookie cutter story & new reader

Would you try another book from John Connolly and/or Holter Graham?

WARNING!!! THIS IS NOT THE SAME AS BOOKS 1 & 2!!!

Was looking for a new series and found these Charlie Parker books. Really fell in love with Bird in the first 2 books. The reader really embodied the character in tone and feel. I didn’t bother to look closely at the description nor listen to a preview of this book. Just assumed it would be another good Charlie Parker book.

This story seemed weaker. They only give obtuse reference to his psychic abilities and I was loosing interest in the story throughout. I think it’s biggest problem is the reader!!! We went from a deep, gritty, sexy voice to a combination of PeeWee Herman and Woody Allen. Completely robbed the character of his substance. You can’t curse and be menacing if you’re projecting PeeWee/Woody.

I finished the book with a lot of cringing and eye rolling. They only get one more chance. If the next book isn’t good, John Connnoly and “Bird” have lost a customer.

Would you recommend The Killing Kind to your friends? Why or why not?

Books 1&2, yes. Book 3 with a caution.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Holter Graham?

The narrator from books 1 & 2!!! This guy is ridiculous!! He couldn’t embody Bird if you took him to the gym for a year, pumped him full of steroids, fed him viagra, trained him to be Viking and gave him IV testosterone. TERRIBLE

Was The Killing Kind worth the listening time?

Stories one and two, yes. This one, only with caveats.

Any additional comments?

That narrator should be reading children’s books and books with wimpy characters.