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The story was fairly entertaining with fewer grammatical errors than in the first book, but way too many instances of the f-bomb and the word "quiddity." I liked the character of Cal, but Shelley is annoying, though she is a much more self-confident person than Cal.
This story was set in an old psych hospital populated by the ghosts of insane patients, doctors , and nurses--the familiar setting of numerous B-movies. Robert, the main character, is injured and briefly crosses back to the Marrow (some place which must be crossed after death, as far as I can gather). More questions are raised about the identity of Sean and why he has chosen Robert to send the ghosts on to the afterlife.
I will likely get at least one more book in this series. The narrator was fairly good and I also knew which character was speaking. These first two books are okay for listening while doing chores because the story does not require intent concentration.
Would you try another book from Patrick Logan and/or Michael Pauley?
I'm not sure. I'm staying away for now.
What could Patrick Logan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
The female main character is irritating. She also says the "f" word far too many times, and with such gusto and sarcasm, it is uncountable. It gets in the way of the story and though the "f" word family (-er, -ing, etc) doesn't bother me, it's so overused by this annoying character that I was totally over it half-way through the story. I started hating the character and hoped she would die in the mental hospital they were stuck in.
What aspect of Michael Pauley’s performance would you have changed?
I think his voice is very robotic and slow. It took a long time for me to get used to it. In fact, I just passed on the book "Skin" because in the first five words of the sample audio clip, I knew it was him. I looked up all the books he has narrated, an this one was in the list. Which reminded me that I needed to review it. He needs to be less intense during the less intense parts of the story, and he needs more inflection in his voice.
Did The Seventh Ward inspire you to do anything?
It inspired me not to read the next in the series. Honestly, the series itself is good. I enjoyed the first book, Shallow Graves, very much. The "fu**ing woman" hadn't shown up yet, so it was much better than the second book.
Any additional comments?
I have a feeling that the female character (Shelly, I think), is going to be central for the rest of the series, so unfortunately, I probably won't be listening to another unless I read reviews otherwise. It's a shame that this one character is killing the series for me. I would have preferred Robert alone. The additions of the two sidekicks makes the second book a little slapstick. I don't like much humor in my horror. And stupid, profanity-laced humor is off-putting for me. Maybe I will try again someday.