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I started out a little hesitant to jump on board the Gunter and Robert train as this style of story is either hit or miss, many being miss. I find the humorous demon hunting books are usually my favorite and this wasn’t funny in the least. I also like exceptionally unique stories, didn’t think this story was all that different other than this being about baby killers. I also really like strong main characters who have a dark mysterious past, Gunter is an ex-priest who is in search of his sister, kinda plain. Despite all of this I really thought the story worked. Yes, there are aspects I would have preferred to be better or different but in the end I liked it and am excited to listen to the next chapter.
I have to say other than I would have preferred a bit more backstory on Gunter and just more to him overall, my only complaint was some of the dialogue. From time to time I felt that some of it was filler and was just stating the obvious when no dialogue was needed. Almost like the nervous person who keeps talking when they don’t need to. It wasn’t terrible by any means but here and there I found myself wondering why they said what they did or if that was truly something that character would say.
The narrator did a great job. Took a bit for me to get into his Gunter voice but I really liked Robert’s. Sounded a little like the motel owner but all of his voices were great. There were a couple times within his narration where he embellished a bit, not that noticeable but I felt it really made a big difference in building a connection to the characters. Really happy that he is going to be doing more of the series.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
A demon hunting ex-priest and a coroner make for an interesting team to battle the supernatural. Miscarriages and S.I.D.S. cases bring the duo together to investigate and rid the trouble from Bucktown. The characters are likable and interesting. I was impressed with the author’s knowledge of HIPAA. Not to many fiction authors think to add modern day healthcare compliance and privacy requirements to their stories! The storyline and descriptions were good. I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The idea behind this book is promising: a priest turned demon hunter after his sister is snatched away by supernatural forces. The ex-cleric promises his absent sister he will find her and bring her back. Sadly, however, both this story and the writing are both too simplistic and,repititious. The characters have no depth, the terrors too banal. And the fearless demon hunter does seem singularly unaware of what is happening around him. In a town where suddenly close on forty infant deaths and miscarriages have occurred over the recent two week period in a small town, it doesn't seem to occur to him to look more closely a the newly arrived doctor, one of only two, the other having been with the hospital for years when no such incidents had occured. Mmm. He's a big vague on all things demon, too.
A constant repetition of "What the hell" does not add to any shreds of suspense, which was presumably, the intention.
Narrator John H Fehskens has a warm, deep voice which is fitting for the subject and, given a better text would probably have given a good performance, but the text is naive so his slow and careful delivery comes over as ponderous. Turning the speed to 1.2 helps.
I received Bucktown Babies as a complimentary gift from the right's holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for that. A good idea which failed.