The Bartender Always Dies Last

  • by Gene Penny
  • Narrated by Kirsten Leigh
  • 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Roger Westhoven is minutes from receiving a court verdict that will forever change his destiny. Roger's crime? He refuses to rejoin the outside world if it means living without the love of his life. His appeal for a public trial rejected, Roger is given one final opportunity to tell his side of the story. This is the quirky retelling of man who finds love, loses love, finds love again only to lose love once more...and the demon possessed cabinet that brought them all together.

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A short but fun tale.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I enjoyed this story more than I thought I would. It took a bit to get started with the more exciting parts, but the story was engaging and I didn't see the plot twist coming. I will say, though, that having a women narrating a story, clearly written from a man's perspective, was odd at first, but once I got used to hearing a woman speak from a very male perspective, it stopped being noticeable to me. Kirsten Leigh did a great job.
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- Tyler U.

Not completely sure what that was, but I liked it!

It's a tad hard to pinpoint the genre of this book going into it. Horror? Mystery? Supernatural/Scifi? I'd say it's a little of all of the above, with some romance thrown in. Now don't groan just yet; the romance, while sort of the driving force behind this story, definitely isn't your typical mushy rom-com stuff that most folks I know shudder at. In fact, this story is more "Dude, where's my car?" meets hot chick in supernatural trouble.

For those who hate the sort of "dude, where's my car" type of thing, just grin and bear it. There's a few patches (especially early on) where it's poured on a little thick with corny jokes and potty humor, but it does add to the characters and it's worth enduring to experience the whole story.

Ah, the story. Right. So, basically, a guy falls in love with a bartender, but then discovers some crazy occult-like plot to kill off the town's bartender every 7 years or so. He, and his ragtag band of mary-jane-toking friends try to figure out how to stop this. Along the way though, the mystery unravels, turns sideways, re-spools itself and begins dishing out yarn instead of ribbon. What? Exactly. You'll just need to go along for the ride yourself. That said though, there were a few times the twists felt far too long-stretched for my liking, and my mind didn't immediately follow the characters to the next logical (to them, anyway) jump.

When I started listening, I was initially confused because the narrator was female, while the protagonist (and antagonists) was male. Once I got over that, I was perfectly fine with Kirsten's narration. The guy to gal speech time was split roughly 50/50, and she did a great job with both sexes. I expected it to be a bit distracting, but thankfully it wasn't. Kudos to her.

I did get this book from the author free of charge in exchange for my review. Nevertheless, my thoughts are my own and were in no way influenced by this fact.
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- Marcus "Willy Wonka of it"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-29-2017
  • Publisher: Eugene Penny