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I've read many of the books in this series. so when I saw the first book available on audio, I jumped on it. Gomez Pugh is the perfect narrator. He really brings Victor Bane to life. He does a great job distinguishing the character voices too. His portrayal of Sargent Warwick and his upper-Midwest accent was hilarious!
AMONG THE LIVING is only novella length, but it packs a lot of punch. We get creepy horror, humor, well-developed characters, some fun sexy-times...everything I like in a book. I love the world this story is set in. The pairing of psychic and stiff investigators is a really cool concept. It’s interesting how the two types of people bring different talents to the table while solving crimes. The psychic investigators also vary in their talents, leading to some interesting plot possibilities. I found it interesting that even thought psychics are utilized in such an important way in this society, they are still feared and discriminated against. I see so many exciting possibilities for where the author can take these characters.
Short review for a short book, but I can’t wait for the rest of the series to continue in audio.
Overall, I give AMONG THE LIVING...
Plot - 5 bookmarks
Character development - 5 bookmarks (considering this is only 90 pages, there is a lot of depth to Victor)
Love/Sex - 4 1/2 bookmarks (the only reason I downgraded it from five is because I’m not fully connected to Jacob yet)
Dream cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) - Matthew Gray Gubler (Victor), Channing Tatum (Jacob), Michelle Rodriguez (Lisa), Cherry Jones (Carolyn)
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Any additional comments?
I have read Among the Living, so I am familiar with the story. Listening to the audio-book was truly a great way to experience the book. I really enjoyed the voice actor, Gomez Pugh. His voice of the main charcter, Vic, is spot on. I also enjoyed how Pugh brought to life the other characters in the book. Although I blushed, I really enjoyed Pugh's treatment of the love scenes (just right - not over the top or cheesy). I can't wait for the next PsyCop audio-book! I love this series!
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What made the experience of listening to Among the Living the most enjoyable?
I already know the book well, so it was great to hear the words come to life. The narration works well for the character.
What about Gomez Pugh’s performance did you like?
He captured Vic's tension and nerves well, along with the edge of cynicism. I was a bit more mixed in my reaction to the other character voices. Some I liked right away, others I took a while to warm up to. One I'm still not on board with. But the voices were all clearly differentiated and the narrator handles the opposite sex voices well.
Any additional comments?
At just under three hours this one can be listened to in a single session quite easily. I'll definitely try to do at least once when I listen again in the future. I hope the rest of the series will follow!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I must admit, I am a fan of both Jordan Castillo Price's work, and narrator Gomez Pugh, so having their talents in one product is a match made in book heaven!
The story is a wonderful introduction to the Psycop series. Its a quick paced fun listen, centering on Victor Bane, a cop with a strange talent- he can see and talk to dead people. One could see how this would be handy, allowing him to chat to murder victims and find out who dunnit! However, with the murder case Victor has been called in on, he has a problem. No only has his psychic sense been numbed by a special drug he takes to block out the voices when off duty, he also finds that there is no ghost of the victim at the scene. Throw in a wonderful alpha cop, called Jacob Marks, who has the hots for him, and Victor has a lot on his mind, and in his hands!
Gomez Pugh continues to amaze and entertain with his wonderful, clear, well paced performance. I love his range of accents, and his British accent in particular gave me shivers for all the right reasons.
A wonderful M/M paranormal book, and a great listen. I would thoroughly recommend and will delightedly continue with the Psycop series.