The title character from ABC's hit television series Castle kicks off his new series of books featuring tough and sexy New York police detective Nikki Heat with a bang.More
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Easy Ok Read, Poor Narration
While I'm a fan of the television series this is based on, I'm not especially liking Heller's style of narration. One, the primary character is female. Wouldn't it have made sense to have a female orator? Two, I can't tell the difference between characters when the dialoguing becomes lengthy because Heller doesn't really change up how everyone sounds. They all end up sounding the same short of the criminals with accents. But Heat, the reporter, the detectives, etc...all sound the same.
I've viewed the upcoming books and see Heller narrates a few & then they switch to another gentleman. I've sampled those and found I don't particularly like his style either. So I will likely stop reading/listening after this book PRIMARILY due to the orators' styles.
The writer of course.
He needed to give each character some slight variation in tone, inflection, something to give the listener some idea of who was talking.
You are likely better off just reading this in lieu of listening to it. The narration isn't terrible, but I don't think - given the protagonist is female - they should have used a male orator(s) for this series. And I can't tell the difference between characters right away because of said style of narration.
- M. Spencer
Okay, but only for diehard Castle fans
This book doesn't really stand on its own. Poor characterization - thin and one dimensional. Unless you know Castle, Beckett, etc., from the TV show and infuse this book with those characters, this book is just flat. Also, this often seems like a novelization of a Castle show and not everything converts very well.
Give Heat, Rook and the others some multi-dimensional personalities. Give us a reason to care what happens.
The narrator seemed to try to read this like a noir detective story. I don't think it really worked but not sure if it was due to the story or the narrator. Probably the story itself.
It's not a question of cutting scenes. Probably more an issue of fleshing out the characters.
Unless you are a big fan of the Castle TV series, I'd recommend passing on these. There are a lot better and more worthwhile mysteries out there. If you are a Castle fan, you may enjoy these, though, as I said, there are much better mysteries out there.
- James W.