Series: Daniel McEvoy #2
Source: Audiobook obtained through Audiobook Jukebox
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
by Eoin Colfer
The second crime novel by internationally bestselling author Eoin Colfer is a gritty and utterly compelling follow-up to the critically acclaimed Plugged.
Colfer adds an entirely new chapter to the adventures and misadventures of Daniel McEvoy, the down-on-his-luck Irish bouncer at a seedy New Jersey bar who, with the help of a motley crew of unlikely characters, solved a bizarre string of murders—including the one of the girl he loved. But people around him continue to die mysteriously, and Daniel is called into action once again. Colfer, beloved by millions for his Artemis Fowl series, has written a riveting and relentlessly paced sequel that is sure to garner international praise. With wildly inventive imagination and head-spinning plot twists, Screwed is a tour de force that rivals Carl Hiaasen at his very best. Ridley Pearson called Plugged “a brilliant, madcap mystery” and “genius at work.” With Screwed, Colfer delivers that signature brilliance once again
I loved this book! It was seriously laugh out loud funny! I didn’t know when I requested this title from Audiobook Jukebox that it was the second in a series, but once again it’s clear that in the hands of a capable writer, one does not need to read in order. This is my very first Eoin Colfer book, and it will not be my last. I actually plan on buying this book and the first one, Plugged, to give to my husband and brother. I recently purchased the first book on Audible to play on the road trip I get to take in the morning with my husband and mother. 6 hours in the car won’t seem at all that bad compared to the shiz Daniel gets into. There were lots of twists and turns in this book, and in some ways it feels that Daniel McEvoy is a male version of Stephanie Plum, only he’s much more capable of getting himself out of situations. While Stephanie Plum’s ineptness and clumsiness are what get her into trouble it’s Daniel’s mouth that keeps causing him further torment. This series is also a bit more… rough and realistic than the Plum novels, although at least one car gets horribly damaged. The voice of the novel is terrific- it really felt like I was experiencing everything with Daniel. If I’d had this book in print I can guarantee I’d have dozen of lines quoted in my notebook.
John Keating! His narration makes me swoon! He was the reason I requested the book, having instantly fallen in love with his Irish brogue, and I’m so glad I discovered him. And he doesn’t just do a good job at McEvoy’s voice, all his characters are brought to life. He even makes females sound good, not creepy and weird like many a male audiobook narrator does. Keating read the novel so well that at times it felt like he was the author. Forever, from now on, I will assume that Eoin Colfer sounds like John Keating. The reading is flawless, Keating knows exactly how to read the dialogue and every nuance that we, the reader, would normally get through chapter breaks and italicized print, is easily conveyed by him. I think I have a bit of a voice crush. Honestly, go, listen to a sample of Audible. You can thank me later. 😉