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What did you love best about The Long Way Down?
Good story - it drags a bit here and there where you can tell the author needs to mature a bit in his style (for example, the relationship between Faust and Caitlin, which is a key plot point, felt rushed and artificial... not very well developed).
What other book might you compare The Long Way Down to and why?
The obvious comparison is Butcher's Dresden books, which might not be fair since Butcher's had what, nearly 20 books to develop his characters and style? If anything, stack it up against the -first- Dresden book, and I think it compares favorably.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
The vocal characterizations were all over the place, and rarely in a good way. I think what really drove me nuts was his insisting on using a (badly executed) Irish "burr" accent for a character that was supposed to have a Scottish "brogue." DROVE. ME. NUTS.Overall, the narrator's voice for Faust (I'm assuming his natural voice) was -perfect- for this character, but his narrating "style" felt a bit off. Something slightly more "noir-ish" and conversational would have fit better.
Any additional comments?
For its flaws in writing and narration, it's still a good story and I enjoyed it - I'd recommend it to folks interested in the Urban-Fantasy/Mystery genre, and I'll pick up future audiobooks in the series if they're made.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
As the title states this is an excellent urban fatsy noir novel. Think what if Mike Hammer was a wizard. Be warned this not Dresden or Iron Druid. There are no cute pets or funny sidekicks, and no pop culture references.This is dark stuff and I love it!
If I didn't make it clear earlier, this is not for the kids. The whole thing starts around the murder of a porn starlet and spirals quickly into the dark from there. No one really gets a happy ending, although some do better than others. The story leaves a lot of room for future novels (Please write fast!) but ties up most loose ends by the end of the novel.
The narrator does a good job and has a fairly good range of distinctive voices. The only problem is he has one of the worst creole/Caribean accents ever. This is only is small problem though, and takes nothing away from the book.
The characters are well developed and fun to read. the world and magic system are left purposely vague. I usually like a better formed magic system for novels, but in this case it helps to maintain the myster of the series. If you like Dresden and Iron Druid this will be a much more dark, adult alternative for you. Don't miss this one.
23 of 24 people found this review helpful
The story was spoiled for me by the narrators distractingly awful "foreign" accents. You'd think he'd at least listen to some examples and practice them a bit...
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to The Long Way Down the most enjoyable?
Good story, with great character development. FANTASTIC TWIST TOO..!
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
The narration is Okay...but the accents are just terrible.
The character that's meant to sound "Scottish" sounds like a bad mix of Irish and Cajun...! Others just sound like Disney characters (thinking Goofy here)
If you can ignore what the accents are "meant" to be it's easy enough to get passed it though.
Any additional comments?
Just picked up book 2 and looking forward to it.