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I loved the story and the cyberpunk world was just what I was looking for. I'm a sucker for a good heist story and the cyberpunk twist reminded me of other Sci-Fi I have enjoyed (Shadowrun, Bladerunner, Ghost in the Shell off the top of my head).
Personal preference warning: content-wise, I was okay with the language and violence. It felt like it fit my interpretation of the characters and the world. The sexual content was fine for the most part but a lot of it felt a bit on the vulgar / "in your face" side which, in my opinion, distracted from an otherwise great story. I would have preferred those scenes to be either implied or much more subtle in delivery. If you are willing to overlook this (or make use of the skip forward button) then I think you will enjoy this story.
A couple things detracted from the overall experience. Some scenes were described in a way that felt a bit repetitious (e.g. descriptions of some of the action sequences). The above mentioned handling of sex scenes also were distracting. It's hard to say whether it came down to the writing or the narration of said scenes...
With that said, I DID enjoy the story overall and the narration was acceptable with some minor delivery gripes. Despite my criticisms I would definitely consider listening to more novels by Ian Thomas Healy and narration from Nicholas Patrella.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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What did you love best about Troubleshooters: The Longest Joke Ever Told?
Many stories that have an adversarial artificial intelligence would use it as the main story line. The same with corrupt religious leaders, rampaging cyborgs, out of control hackers and drug deals gone bad.
In Troubleshooters, these themes are mere story arcs.
Healy keeps taking you higher.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Angel, the assassin dominates the story and holds your attention at gun point. She focuses the action and characters at just about every part of the novel. Even when others antics are center stage such as Camaro's chase near the beginning, the action lands at Angels feet. Angels energy pushes the story right to the punchline.
Have you listened to any of Nicholas Patrella’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I can't recall any other works I have heard narrated by Nicholas Patrella, but he did a good job differentiating the characters tonally. His performance helped carry the story along. His energy in the action sequences, especially, riveted your attention.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
I could see Troubleshooters as a movie or better yet a miniseries. The international venues and exotic tech would give each episode a different focus. The series has action, gadgets and a bag of chips.
Any additional comments?
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."
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I requested a copy of Troubleshooters via Audiobook Boom, when I saw it was read by Nicholas Patrella, a narrator who has never disappointed me yet. And this is one of his best. So, my profound thanks to the rights holder for freely gifting me a complimentary copy.
Simple synopsis - Three loners, amongst the best in their fields (assassin, hacker and monowheel driver ) but down on their luck as far as well paid employment is concerned, team up for a really well paid commission: to steal a glass bottle for a mega-rich collector. There are only three of theses bottles left in existence. He wants one of them and the other two destroyed. Sounds simple except these other bottles are in the collections of a bishop in South America, a king of a trifling European country, and another billionaire in central Australia which has sealed itself off from the rest of the world. All will be hard to get at and heavily guarded. But think of the money....
Almost non stop action, explosions and fighting mixed with great characters, humerous dialogue and a few brief episodes of remarkable sexual tension. All performed by the remarkable Mr.Patrella whose pace matching, perfectly interpreted text reading ramps up excitement or slows down the tempo with full understanding as the story evolves. Each character is individually voiced, inflection and even accents delivered (near) flawlessly, non-English phrases rolling out effortlessly, too. His narration lifts an already fast and fun book into something no reader will want to put down.
This is a book I am happy to recommend to any adult reader who enjoys written larger than life unusual action, with a big slice of imagination and humour and quirky characters. It's very visual and enormous in it's range both across the world and even into space.
Hope there will be more coming soon.
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