Kick

  • by John L. Monk
  • Narrated by Steve Phelan
  • 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A supernatural thriller with a vigilante twist.
They say suicides are damned for eternity. But if possessing the bodies of violent criminals is Hell, then Dan Jenkins will take it. And he does every time a portal arrives to whisk him from his ghostly exile.
Dan rides the living like a supernatural jockey, pushing out their consciousness and taking over. He doesn't know where their minds go while he's in charge, and for the most part doesn't care. He's just happy to live again.
Normally, before the villain returns to kick him out, Dan dishes out a final serving of justice and leaves the world a safer place. It's one of the rules if he wants more rides, and he's happy to oblige. For a part-time dead guy, it's a pretty good gig.
And then he meets her.

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Creative, well-written and enjoyable

When Dan was a confused college kid having issues with his girlfriend, he committed suicide. Since then he's been in - what he calls - "the Great Wherever" but regularly gets sent by "the Great Whomever" into the bodies of living humans - usually violent criminals - to dispense justice. Typically, he has about 3 weeks to figure out what the person, or his "ride" as Dan calls it, has done and what vigilante action is required. Then he is kicked out of the body again by the original owner's consciousness.

It took me a little while to become fully invested in this story, as it started off with a couple of episodes showing the usual cycle Dan goes through. At that stage, the story seemed to lack continuity. It was almost like listening to a string of short stories, but I can appreciate why the author structured it in this manner. Then Dan enters the body of Nate, who seems to be totally different from his usual rides, and by that stage, I was hooked. Dan was a very likable character, remorseful, generous and a bit of a nerd, and in spite of the fantastical nature of the story, he felt like a very authentic person. The story was well-paced and delivered in a snappy, lighthearted style with plenty of wit and some very funny remarks, although the plot was obviously quite dark and at times violent.

Steve Phelan did a great job portraying the protagonist Dan in exactly the way you would imagine him. His normal voice, pacing, and rhythm were very pleasant for listening and the male characters were portrayed well and with distinct voices. The female characters, however, not so much. It was the common case of a male voice artist making females sound like Minnie Mouse or worse. Because of the type of story it was, it wasn't too frustrating and I would definitely listen to Mr. Phelan again, as the rest of his performance was excellent. There were no problems with the quality of the production, which contained some nice sound effects.

I'm hoping John L. Monk's sequel, Fool's Ride, will also be made available on audio.

Creative, well-written and enjoyable, I would certainly recommend this if you like supernatural thrillers or remember Quantum Leap and Dexter with fondness.

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One of the greatest narrations I have ever heard..

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Riveting story by a great writer, naturally that is where my Amazon review was focused…the remainder of this review will be an attempt to describe how picture-perfect narration and near flawless audio production brought the story and characters in this novel to life.

I have 70+ audiobooks and I never write reviews, but this performance is unquestionably one of the greatest narrations I have ever heard…with the likes of Frank Muller, Barbara Rosenblat and Stephen Fry. The vocal performance transformed spoken work into a movie reel playing inside my head. I have read books I couldn’t put down, but this is the first audiobook that engrossed me enough to lose sleep over until I was finished…at 2:45 AM to be exact.

I am eager to discover more of Steve Phelan's narration work online, or for his next audiobook release. Right now I do not see other audiobooks under Steve Phelan’s hyperlink (on Audible at least). For me, narration really is what makes all the difference. You need the story AND the storyteller to create a masterpiece…this audiobook has both. Truly a work of art.

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- Jim

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-07-2016
  • Publisher: John L. Monk