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I blindly bought this book knowing nothing about the author or the character and was delighted with my choice. The narration is excellent and I prefer it to the other narrator of Hallinan's books, though both are good, Berkrot gets the feel of the books just perfect.
The story is fun, face paced and filled with likable, outrageous characters. It is gritty but almost in a fun way like a James Bond film or good comic book. I'd say this is perfect summer or road trip reading. The story keeps you engaged and the plot just complex enough without being difficult to follow when heard aloud. (I often find books I'd otherwise have no difficulty with are harder to follow on a road trip.)
the plot follows two mysteries, the one about the "Little Elvises" and a side plot about a serial killer and a missing daughter of a friend. The "Little Elvises" mystery ends up being a little absurd but the serial killer side plot finishes off the book in an entirely satisfying manner.
So many authors write page turners that torture their main character, dragging you across emotional gravel until you come out bruised and exhausted at the end only to find a character you love has died and the book ends with the hero in limbo until the next absurdly long and tortuous book. I of course read the heck out of these as well but it is immensely satisfying to find a book that is compelling, without being tortuous, fun and that has a satisfying ending.
Just as much fun and just as little depth as a classic Bond film.
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What did you love best about Little Elvises?
I didn't think could love a series more than Timothy Hallinan's Poke Rafferty books, but I have two new loves- Junior Bender and narrator Peter Berkrot. The humor, the snapping dialog, the fresh and zany characters- they're all here. Junior reminds me of Tim Dorsey's Serge Storms, smart and funny, but without the psychotic tendencies.
What did you like best about this story?
It had characters from Junior's first story, Crashed, and built from there so that you start to really care about them. The storyline was good, and you can't beat Timothy Hallinan's humor.
What about Peter Berkrot’s performance did you like?
Everything- I'm a connoisseur of narrators, and he's a great one. I love narrators who act out the story, not just read it.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes- and I can't wait to tear into the others!
Any additional comments?
If you like well-written (and well narrated!) dialog that makes you laugh out loud please give it a try!
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