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This book is a great listen. The main charater is very unique in that his struggles seem very real. I also enjoyed the authors use of sarcastic remarks from his charaters. This book really hit the spot for me. Good balance of sex, death and mystery.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
If it had turned into a completely different book.
Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen Jay Schwartz again?
How could the performance have been better?
The performance was great. The only good thing about this book.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Any additional comments?
Throughout this entire book I just kept hoping the main character would die. What an absolutely despicable, selfish, entitled, rude man. Everything that he did was only to benefit himself. People got hurt, people died, all because he was a selfish a-hole.
I generally like main characters that are flawed. But this character went so far beyond flawed it was downright obnoxious. And he was flawed in such an unrealistic way that, as a reader, I just felt angry and insulted. If you're going to have a flawed character you should at least give him enough redeemable qualities (or even just ONE redeemable quality) that the reader can overlook, or maybe even empathize, with his flaws. Not this guy. I found myself rooting for the killer.
And don't even get me started on the female characters!! It's terribly frustrating to have seemingly intelligent, strong and successful female characters behave in the most unintelligent, weak, and plain 'ole stupid ways. Kennedy was an accomplished crime investigator for cripes sakes! And she falls into a "thing" with this rude, sexist, selfish, sex-addicted, lying detective? And why was everyone else kissing this guy's hiney too? His captain, the forensic guy, his partners... EVERYONE just let Hayden push them around and then bent over backwards to help him even after he was a complete shmuck to them! smh. Sorry, but this one baffled me. I just did not sympathize or care about this character in any way. ****SPOILER ALERT**** I only kept listening to the end because I was hoping he was the killer. Hayden was just so dreadful that I thought, my goodness, he MUST be the killer!
Maybe it's a sign of a good writer that I actively dislike this character so much, but it's certainly not a sign of a good story. I will not be listening to anything else by this author.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Boulevard to be better than the print version?
Started a bit slow but twisted and turned to its climax. Some interesting characters especially the main one.
Was looking forward to listening to this book but actually found it a bit of a chore. Don't get me wrong - I like a book with a flawed hero, and I like books that explores the character of the protagonist, but the author spends far too much of the book concentrating on character and nowhere near enough on plot. I also found that a couple of the plot developments did not ring true. I will say that it is extremely well read, however.