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Where does The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Good pace, character building and the story is entertaining
What other book might you compare The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning to and why?
I cannot think of any other book to compare this to, as it is the first of this genre that I have listened to.
Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Luke Daniels is an excellent narrator. His Slavic and Icelandic accents are quite good and made the story more entertaining.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Wow, that was not at all like I though it would be. Funny moments, but written in a story with a main character that is both an over the top caricature and a brutally real a**hole. I found the main character's accent very distracting - so heavy that it drags - and this could have interfered with my ability to bond with him. The other characters had excellent narration, and some of these people could have been very interesting and funny, but there were so many missed opportunities to give them more depth.
In the end, this was the story of the almost redemption of a hitman. Like the main character, the story just falls short in the end. The hitman is deep but unlikeable, the likeable characters shallow. It's too harsh to be light, and too funny to be bleak.
I've thought about the book since I finished it, talked about it with several other people, it was well written, not at all a throw away mystery or a nordic copycat. I just didn't enjoy it.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The language is this book can be offensive, but as the main character is a hitman, in hiding in Iceland, after a job gone wrong, this is appropriate. The fact he rates every female character he encounters according to how many days it would take if they were alone before he would think about her (that way) was off-putting. Aside from this, Toxic has an amusing way of seeing the world, from a completely different perspective than the average reader. Seeing Iceland from his point of view is a revelation, and I'm not sure the tourist board would be altogether happy with Toxic's opinions.
I'm not sure about the accents employed by the narrator, but the nuances employed only add to the author's charaterisation. As the story progresses, one wonders where it will all end, but the desire to continue (regardless of whether you empathise with Toxic) is unavoidable. The humour is dark, almost black, but perfectly pitched. The only disappointment is the last few minutes; the ending. Even so, I'd recommend it to others.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
best book on hitman life. lol. it was funny as hell. and touching. would read again.