Hard Spell : Occult Crimes Unit Investigations

  • by Justin Gustainis
  • Narrated by Peter Brook
  • Series: Occult Crimes Unit Investigations
  • 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Scranton, the strangest city on earth has an uneasy “live and let unlive” relationship with the supernatural. But when a vamp puts the bite on an unwilling victim, or some witch casts the wrong kind of spell, that’s when they call me.
"My name’s Markowski, a Detective Sergeant on the Scranton PD’s Supernatural Crimes Investigation Unit. I carry a badge. Also, a crucifix, some wooden stakes, a big vial of holy water, and a 9mm Beretta loaded with silver bullets."
Justin Gustainis was born in Northeast Pennsylvania in 1951. He attended college at the University of Scranton, a Jesuit university that figures prominently in several of his writings. He is currently a Professor of Communication at Plattsburgh State University. His popular series of urban fantasy novels featuring investigator Quincey Morris include Evil Ways, Black Magic Woman, and the forthcoming Sympathy for the Devil.

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Predictable and Flat

I was really hoping to like this. I'm a fan of the paranormal detective/thriller genre. But apart from being superficially 'noirish', this was deeply disappointing. It's gravely lacking in any of the attributes that make the genre engaging. It does nothing creative with any of the various paranormal mythologies. The plot is predictably structured and plods along. But all that would be forgivable if the characters had any depth or humour or a spark of intelligence.

They don't.

It was not helped by the clichéd and annoying narration.
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- Madeleine "Audiobook addict."

Narrator Make It Sound Like A Bad Cartoon

Would you try another book from Justin Gustainis and/or Peter Brook?

From the author maybe.
The narrator no, not even if it was the next Dresden book.


How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Change narrator, only the main guy and characters with one or two lines had a "normal" voice. All most every one else had an over the top almost slap stick voice. Guys first partner was described as a big guy bit over weight, Brook makes him sound like like that big dumb guy from the old merry melodies cartoons, he was only missing the "duh which way did he go George". (Spoiler warning) Sorry but I was glad when he died in the very beginning of the book so i didn't have to hear to much of it. Others are more annoying others less but over all it really kills the feel of the story.


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Brook?

If I could pick, Michael Kramer or William Dufris. There two of my favorite but both also have a wight range of normal sounding voices to pull from.


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Story wasn't bad, could be polished a bit better.


Any additional comments?

I don't know who this Peter Brook is but he should narrate children books. That's about the only place I can see those voices fitting in and not killing a story.

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- Daniel "I mostly likes me some sword and sorcery, not really in to sifi but theirs a place in my library for anything from John Scalzi."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-28-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios