Strange Magic : Yancy Lazarus

  • by James A. Hunter
  • Narrated by Charlie Kevin
  • Series: Yancy Lazarus
  • 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Yancy Lazarus is having a bad day: there's a bullet lodged in his butt cheek, his face looks like the site of a demolition derby, and he's been saran-wrapped to a banquet table. He never should have answered the phone. Stupid bleeding heart - helping others in his circles is a good way to die - just ask the gang members ripped to pieces by some kind of demonic nightmare in LA.
As a favor to a friend, Yancy agrees to take a little looksee into the massacre and boom, he's stuck in a turf war between two rival gangs, which both think he's pinch-hitting for the other side. Oh, and there's also a secretive dark mage with some mean ol' magical chops and a small army of hyena-faced, body-snatching baddies. It might be time to seriously reconsider some of his life choices.
Yancy is a bluesman, a rambler, a gambler, but not much more. Sure, he can do a little magic - maybe even more than just a little magic - but he knows enough to keep his head down and stay clear of freaky-deaky hoodoo like this business in LA. Somehow though, he's been set up to take a real bad fall - the kind of very permanent fall that leaves a guy with a toe tag. That's unless, of course, he can find out who is responsible for the gangland murders, make peace in the midst of the gang feud, and takeout said magical dark mage before he hexes Yancy into an early retirement. Easy right? Stupid. Bleeding. Heart.

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Wiseguy Wizard from the South?

In listening to this novel I found that the story itself isn't too bad. Character development seemed good and the plot was solid. However, the use of cliches throughout the main characters diatribe started to get old at about chapter 5. Don't get me wrong, using cliches isn't bad but when someone can't describe something without using them it gets old really quickly.

Another thing that bothered me was that the narrator had a Brooklyn accent - but he apparently grew up in South Carolina. I am NOT sure who came up with the idea that the narrator should have a Yankee accent when he obviously should sound as southern as Rhett Butler but it's something that I couldn't get past once he mentioned where he grew up.

Also - as a result of this "wiseguy" accent he comes off as monotone. He does intonate and there are a few chapters where there is more emotion, but it's not where it should be. For most of the book I was rolling my eyes because of the cliches and the monotone Brooklyn accent.

The story is good though - I think it could be better with the right narration, but this isn't working for me. Others might enjoy it... once you get past the obvious disconnect regarding where he grew up and what his accent sounds like. I think the narrator could do different accents - he did a great job at the other characters (Indian, upper class British, hispanic) but I guess no one thought to read the book before settling on the main characters accent.
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- Suzanne

Slow starter

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

A lot of other reviews mentioned the narration was lacking. I don’t know Charlie Kevin’s voice sounds like a real tough guy, the kind of guy who is a real badass who can freeze your eye balls. I don’t know I think it is ok. Yancy Lazarus was born in Montana and grew up on North Carolina, maybe he would have more of a southern twang who knows?


Any additional comments?

If you can get past the first few hours, it starts to get better. The thing I did not like was the constant smart ass remarks. OK, I get it Yancy is a cynical bastard enough already.

Overall it was an interesting 6 hours. Fast pace, interesting magic, alright characters, alright plot, it's an alright book.

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- Dawm

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-25-2015
  • Publisher: Shadow Alley Press Inc.