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Absolutely adored this story. So many laugh out loud moments, it makes you want to share them with someone. At times absolutely hilarious and others so heart wrenching, this was such an engaging and enjoyable story. Can't recommend it highly enough, you won't be disappointed.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about How to Be a Vigilante: A Diary?
Have you listened to any of Luke Smitherd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This would be the first!
Any additional comments?
I'm usually wary of authors who read their own books, but this guy was fantastic!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Well here we go it’s that bloody Smitherd bloke . . . AGAIN! Ridiculous premise, dopey sounding plot, run of the mill title and when you put them all into a story you somehow get something exceptional. Adrian Mole meets Walter Mitty on acid and chaos ensues! The lead, named Nigel living in the hell of 1990’s Derby is barely adequate, fairly unlikeable and yet reaches for the stars. I loved him.
Smitherd is not an author you can settle down and get comfortable with. As soon as you think that you’ve got his number up comes the next book and does a “And now for something completely different” act on you. It is a real talent and here we’ve departed from the supernatural / paranormal influences and yet find ourselves in a dark yet humorous misadventure. It does cut up rough with violence and swearing but it’s quality plotting and writing all the same.
Once again I can’t give Sir Luke a bad review even though I did once again come to this book to bury him rather than praise him. I did not receive a free copy, which is obviously because he hates me, so I was not obliged in any way to give an honest review. I did anyway just to spite him.
39 of 43 people found this review helpful
I don't know why I enjoyed this as much as I did, I only occasionally felt sympathy for a character that I found to be a complete tool. But his gradual progress kept me going. However when things started getting (very) dark, and the story began to go completely off the path I was expecting it to go, I couldn't stop listening. Often clapping a hand to my eyes or mouth at some new revelation.
Thanks for another great listen.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It started off quite light and funny, but later parts of the book are deeper and darker and sadder...really quite an emotional book for me.
I was surprised to learn in the authors afterword that this was one of his first books written many years ago and then 'lost'. I am so glad it was found and published!
Just a word about the narration...I do have to say I really love when authors have the talent to narrate their own books. You know you are hearing exactly what they meant when they wrote it, with all the inflections in the right spots. And Luke does such a brilliant job of narrating his books!
be warned, not a happy go lucky story. well worth the listen, be prepared to be emotional