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By Bill Beaulac on 02-16-17
The book was a gift from AudioBook Boom and . . .
I only finished this listen because the book was given to me for free by the author or narrator, at my request, and I agreed to provide this unbiased review.
First of all; this book could be listed under the category of "soft-core porn" if one existed. There are seven chapters/scenes dedicated to, and expressed in great detail, the sexual prowess of the killer ae the wanton lust of his victims, all of whom use their physical attributes to bed the killer. The language is that of which one would find in Penthouse Forum letters (i.e. think of George Carlin's "Seven Words You Can't Say on Television"); ironically Penthouse is the magazine several of the victims have (or desire to) pose in.
Secondly, realizing that serial killers do follow a pattern, it still became redundant to listen to the same general description seven times; 1. Man stocks woman in bars, topless clubs, markets, 2. Killer and victim mutually seduce each other, 3. Woman invites killer in her home and into her bed, 4. Killer strangles victim after "cu***ing", 5. Police have no clues, 6. Repeat the scenario several more times.
The back story and plot (aside from the killings) revolve around the nightmares of the lead detective (Warner) from his previous serial killer case, his defense lawyer girl friend (who wants to pose in Playboy), and the other cops vicariously living out their sexual fantasies by flipping through men's magazines at the precinct and comments in the t**s, a**, and p*****s of the dead girls. Shallow character development throughout the entire story.
I only finished this listen because this book was given to me for free by the author or narrator, at my request, and I agreed to provide this unbiased review.
Finally, the narration lacked in two prime areas; the first being that the sound quality is terrible (probably not the narrator's fault) as it sounds like it is being read in a barrel. As for the narrator, he makes an honest effort to read with inflection and enthusiasm but falls a bit short. His efforts to use different voices for different characters just doesn't work. Often times the same character would have a "different" in various sctionss of the book (a couple of times even changing "voice" in the middle of a single dialogue). Lastly, the attempts of the male narrator to come across as a slutty vixen seducing her lover, soon to be killer, just fail miserably.
Although I was able to piece together the clues and formed a real good idea as to who the killer was as the story unfolded in the second half of the book, I was completely caught off guard (surprised?) as to the actual conclusion of the mystery. Truth be told; it left me wondering if that was really the end of the story . . .
I apologize if this review comes across as overly critical, but I am just being honest, I could find little redeeming value in this book. Perhaps if some of the time used to describing the sexual scenes in such great detail, were used to develop the characters a bit more, the story would be more to my liking. As I stated at the beginning, I did finish the book, but only due to my commitment to review it.
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By Simone K on 03-22-17
Closer to Porn than a Mystery
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"Death's Angel" opens with a character so flat she might as well be a walking paper cut out of a pair of tits. Women in this book are portrayed as sex starved nymphomaniacs who are lacking in critical thought, savvy or even any basic intelligence. They are only concerned about themselves and their career; they seek to use men only to get ahead. I noticed that no men were described in this book based solely on their looks. However, every single woman described - I know what her breasts look like! Why is knowing what a witnesses' breasts look like important information for the narrative? Oh wait, it's not. This book was written by man who thinks of little else, apparently.
To be fair, however, the men in this book have little more going on than their own sexual obsessions, as well. I just don't even know what to make of this - the core mystery would have been half way decent if it didn't include so much sexual aggression at all times from all characters.
The narration did not save the book either - it wasn't horrible (definitely not stellar) and the quality of the recording was quite low. It was not a pleasure to listen to. I couldn't recommend this book (unless someone was looking for a bad soft core porn novel with sex craved cops as stars).
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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