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Incredible.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-10-28


This is the third audiobook this author I’ve listened to. They all were good but this one dug deeper and hit harder. Very sad and moving.

Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-10-25

Sean Barrett’s narration is perfect for the main character. A great story and well told.

Great.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-10-23


Quite a ride. Action packed, but quite charming and smart. If I have any complaints, it’s that it’s one of those books that feels a bit too much like it’s written to be a movie script, which makes it feel pretty contrived in spots. Hard to blame a writer for wanting to make their book movie-script friendly- but there has to be a line there somewhere... Still, it’s a minor complaint, and a good story.

Very good.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-10-22


The sort of material that the brilliant Sean Barrett shines at narrating. Admittedly it’s probably not for everyone. The MC is an introspective older man facing a lot of demons, amidst a brutal plot. There is plenty of action, but the main theme is one of him negotiating the constant obstacles in his life

Pretty crappy.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-10-20

Some of the interplay between the main character and his co-workers was good. The ‘scary, gruesome, shocking, titillating’ aspects of the book, ie the main plot- 95% of the book, was pretty damn embarrassing.
Stephen Pacey is a genius narrator but it didn’t seem like his heart was in this one. And really, why would it be?
Writer has potential. Should move out of his parents basement and expand his worldview in order to write better material. Hopefully my purchase helps with this.

Did the world really need this?

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-08-09

WTF. Romans, cowboys, indians, elves, dwarves, demons. No idea why anyone would bother trying to write a story full of so many awful overused clichés all mixed together. Ugh. So cheesy. However, I managed to listen to the end. I won’t get the other books in the series. I would buy a book from him again though if it seems to have less ridiculous subject matter.
Steve Pacey as narrator is excellent as always

Terrible.

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-01-12

The worst audiobook I’ve listened to. Cant believe I slogged through all the way to the end of this turd. Ugh

I tried hard not to hate this audiobook, but it wasn’t easy.

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-01-03

The narrator is mush-mouthed and can’t pronounce many words in the English language, including anything more than three syllables long. Unfortunately some of the most frequently used names in the book, including the main character, her ‘big shit-kicking gun’, and her pet giant bird, are more than three syllables.

I got fixated on her pronunciation of ‘body’ and started to cringe each time I heard her say ‘my bowdtee’.

The author seems addicted to a couple formulaic writing devices, and he uses over and over and over and over, till you realize that the writing is just going to be the same repetitive thing right to the end.

Basically the book consists of the main character kicking ass, with her big gun. That’s it. Supposed to be like Jorg Ancrath, only not nearly as smart.

I waded all the way through to the end only to find out that it’s only the first book in a series. What? Why?

Scratching up a few positive things to say- the narrator has some potential. If she got her hands on a dictionary that would be a big help.

The author also has potential. While it’s mostly just a bunch of cliches with an incomprehensible plot, the book does have a few clever lines and ideas in it. If it could have been edited down to about 1/10 of the length it would be more palatable.

Nothing in the writing to make me care

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-05

Steven Pacey is incredible as always. But not given much to work with here. Characters are wooden and empty. Not the slightest hint of warmth, empathy, or humour anywhere in this book. The plot is a little disjointed and weak, but that would still be ok, if the reader was given anything here to care about.
Meh.

Not as good I was lead to believe, but still decent.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-07-29

Bought it because it won a major Audie award. Sort of surprised after I started listening to it- found the writing quite poor and the plot very weak. The narrator is excellent and has a beautiful voice. Writer has potential and improved towards the end of the book but I was left feeling like it won the award more for political reasons than overall merit.