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Facing new and old monsters alike, Dr. Brnwa's story continues in this darkly funny and lightning-paced follow up to Josh Bazell's best-selling debut.
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By Kathy on 04-26-12
I really loved Beat The Reaper so I figured this would be fun, too, even if it was not quite as good. Wrong!
There was nothing that endeared this book to me. Instead of bringing chuckles, it brought grimaces. Instead of humor there were hostile overtones. The story was just plain dumb and the characters were unforgettable. There was no need to bring his (Bazell's) own radical politics into the story, either. And--his addiction to the f-word and his downright creepy sexual expressions added nothing but further alienation on my part. Was his first book SO good that he didn't need an editor or advisor for his second one?
I feel badly burned by this second Bazell novel--I should have read the reviews more carefully.
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By Dr. on 02-24-12
A Lot Like Cotton Candy
It is a trite cliche, but comparing Wild Thing to cotton candy is very fitting: it is so tasty, it melts in your mouth, but you know its not good for you and when its gone, it has left you with nothing. I loved "Beat the Reaper" - without doubt, one of the best audio books I have listened to. I couldn't wait for the sequel. Wild Thing has some things in common - the main character, of course, but also the snappy dialog and fast pace that keeps things moving. Even though it is immediately apparent that this is the stupidest plot/story line imaginable, I dove in and thoroughly enjoyed myself - right up to the end. By the end, however, the story is so stupid and implausible, I felt like I had just eaten cotton candy again - knowing all along I would regret it.
This is a fun listen and will keep you engaged - especially if you have already listened to Beat the Reaper. If you have not listened to Beat the Reaper, do not like gratuitous violence, lots of vulgarity, or attacks on Republicans, do not listen to this book. If you still want to try it, be sure you have listened to Beat the Reaper first. Not only is it a far superior story, it will allow you to follow all of the references that pepper this story.
The narration is very good - hence the performance gets 4 stars.
21 of 22 people found this review helpful