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Narrator Chris Hurt plays right into the retro detective and pulp fiction feel with his deep smoky vibrato. Jake's painted as a man of the shadows and dive bars. Hurt plays Jake Helman as a likeable sympathetic character, yet one who's all too human with very real weaknesses and vulnerabilities. Jake considers himself a good cop though maybe he's seen a bit too much, become a bit too world weary. He's also not above turning to drugs to help soften the considerable sharp edges in his life. Yet despite his failings, you always feel there's an elusive core of a personal code if you dig down deep enough. Despite the wild ride, Chris Hurt always manages to keep the character anchored.
Personal Demons will serve Lamberson's army of cult movie fans well, but should also expand that base to those of us who love just good visual storytelling, whether it's screenplay, novel, or audiobook. It's entertaining, and makes for a good enjoyable listen. It's an interesting study, too, for a generation whose references are no longer short stories and novels, but almost a purely visual world of television and film. Cleo Creech
After resigning from the police department and starting a high pressure position as director of security for a controversial genetic engineering company, Helman begins to discover many dishonorable practices performed in the name of human progress. The resulting tale of ethics, science, and the theft of the human soul is a gripping and suspenseful audio read by veteran narrator Christopher Hurt.
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By David on 02-27-14
Impressive "Genre Blending" Debut!
I like Horror, I like Urban Fantasy and I like Detective Stories. This book is a highly stylized blend of my three favorite genres but at it's core it remains a Horror story(mostly). I really like the protagonist's(Jake Helman) "never say die" attitude - he gets his ass kicked throughout the entire story and his whole world goes to sh*t but he keeps on fighting. The story has a good "flow" to it and the supporting characters are well constructed. I though the narrator did a fantastic job with the voicing. This is one of the more original stories I've heard from Audible. As far as "book 1's" go I am impressed enough "Personal Demons" to move onto book 2 in the series with no hesitation. Listen to the "sampler" and see if you like it.
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By Ann on 01-16-11
A bit far fetched near the end
I enjoyed this book, a bit of a twist on the usual detective story. Towards the end I did feel there were a few twists too many, particularly the demise of one baddy but overall an entertaining read. Not for those who like the more traditional detective story.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful