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Working Stiff Audiobook

Working Stiff: The Cases of Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.: Volume 5

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Publisher's Summary

Back from the dead - and back on the case! Even being murdered doesn't keep a good detective down, and in the Unnatural Quarter - inhabited by ghosts, vampires, werewolves, mummies, and all sorts of creatures that go bump (or thud!) in the night - a zombie PI fits right in. Dan Chambeaux, aka "Shamble", solves a string of madcap cases with his ghost girlfriend Sheyenne, his Best Human Friend Officer Toby McGoohan, and his firebrand lawyer partner Robin Deyer.

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  • David
    NC
    27/10/15
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    "Undead Detective lifeless narration"

    I tried to listen to this. I have read and loved the author's work in the past. I didn't make it past the first chapter. The narration is stilted, more like a radio announcer than a narrator. The rhythm is off, and it just feels clunky. To be fully honest on the review, as I said, I listened to less than the first chapter.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • T. Oliver
    Texas
    13/10/15
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    "Narration is Dreadful"

    The book is good, but the narrator is no Phil Gigante! Very disappointing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • MICHAEL LEWIS
    23/11/15
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    "Narrator is a bit lifeless..."

    The narrator leaves a bit to be desired in this installment. The previous narrator, Phil Gigante, did a great job. Bring him back and the series will get renewed life!...And 5 stars!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    Arlington, KY, United States
    18/10/15
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    "Nice collection"

    I am a huge fan of the Dan Shamble PI series and have listened to every novel and read every novella available. If you haven't read the previous books, you should at least read/listen to the first before listening to this. It is not necessary to enjoy this one but it will give you more background. This book contains the short stories that are available separately as novellas. Since I am frugal, I read each .99 cent versions instead of using my audible credits to listen. When I got the chance to listen to the entire collection, I jumped for joy. Then after listening, my happy bubble was deflated a little. The stories are still great but Phil Gigante is not the narrator. This narration is ok, but not nearly as good. His voices are very different and his pace seems to stutter and be off at times. Still, this is a good listen and would have been worth using one of my precious credits; if I hadn't gotten the opportunity to listen for free.

    "This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • anne
    Phoenix, AZ, United States
    5/04/16
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    "EHHHHHHHHHHH IT WAS OK!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    maybe the print version...maybe not.I was bored at about ch3....


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    the whole story was just so so...so I was glad when it ended...


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was ok...but maybe not the right narrator for this one...


    Could you see Working Stiff being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    dumb question...


    Any additional comments?

    ** I was given a free coy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

    The firt story,I liked it was entertaining...at about ch3, I got soooo bored..and felt that way on and off through the rest of the book..YMMV....I may try book one with the other narrator, because I do like a good mystery...and I kind of like the writing style of this author...and see potential...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Karowski
    20/01/16
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    "Great tongue in cheek detective horror comedy"

    Great story. Have read many other books by this author but this was my first intro to his detective story. Highly recommend for all ages. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher free via audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lynn
    Dayton, Oh, United States
    8/08/16
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    "HORRIBLE with this narrator"
    Would you try another book from Kevin J. Anderson and/or Michael Gilboe?

    Kevin Anderson yes - UNLESS it was read by Michael Gilboe


    What was most disappointing about Kevin J. Anderson’s story?

    The narration ruined everything I liked about the previous books. This one had Road Kill as a short story which I listened to the first time with Phil Gigante reading it. I couldn't stand it with Gilboe


    What didn’t you like about Michael Gilboe’s performance?

    Everything. He sounds like a bad impersonation of an exaggerated William Shatner when he does Dan. Robin, Chyene, MaGoo... all horrid. The harpy ... I can't go on. It's just horrid. I hope I can get a refund


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If i had read the book vs listening to it, I would have liked it.... right now, this narrator has ruined the series for me. Horrid.

    A good narrator can just bring the story to life... and a bad one can kill it. Band move to change.


    Any additional comments?

    BRING BACK PHIL GIGANTE or I'm done.

    Wish I could make sure Kevin Anderson saw this. I HAD been recommending the series to some friends

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter Dixon
    26/01/16
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    "The Puns! the PUNS!!!!!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Working Stiff?

    Regrettably memorable: the Christmas puns. I had no idea that there were so many ways to mock Santa.Cheerfully memorable: The Dirty Harry impression. Michael Gilboe obviously has a lot of fun with the last story doing the 'Hairy Harry' character.


    Was Working Stiff worth the listening time?

    I listened to this while driving to and from work. My options are usually news radio, political talk radio, music stations that have been playing the same stuff for years and audiobooks. I found it lightly entertaining for that purpose and didn't feel any desire to go to another option. However, I also had no desire to listen to it outside of my car.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.I am a fan of Mr. Anderson's novels, but this is the first of the working stiff books that I had tried. I was excited to try this one out. For the most part I found it lightly entertaining for my daily commute, but I probably won't be getting any more working stiff stories. Mr. Anderson comes off as trying too hard to be funny. I enjoy puns quite a bit and I know he can write a enticing yarn, but this falls flat too often with everything being forced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Pooler
    7/01/16
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    "Very fun monster book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Working Stiff to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version of Working Stiff so i cannot say definitively but with how much i enjoyed this book most likey yes it is a lot better than the print version


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No, not at all. The stories are too short and too lighthearted to have created any of my my seat suspence


    Which character – as performed by Michael Gilboe – was your favorite?

    Dan Shamble, because he does a good P.I. voice, or atleast what i would imagine a P.I. to sound like.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Just because you dies, doesn't mean the job is over, So i came back to finish mine.


    Any additional comments?

    I was very leery about this book before listening to it. Once it started and i heard the main character was a zombie telling the story in first person I rolled my eyes and decided this book really wasn't worth the effort of listening to it, but it was the only audiobook i had on my ipod so i did.

    I was very plesantly surprised at how much I ended up enjoying it. I even want to get the rest in the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/01/16
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    "Fun Premise, Mediocre Plots"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this to someone who liked goofy humor sprinkled with inside jokes of the nerd variety and wanted an easy, fun read.


    What about Michael Gilboe’s performance did you like?

    I liked that his voice matched every character. His somewhat over-the-top style really suited the strange noir-parody supernatural story.


    Do you think Working Stiff needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. This book is a series of short stories about the Zombie Detective.


    Any additional comments?

    I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

    As far as the story, I found myself a bit bored. The premise is interesting enough: a zombie detective solves mysteries with his ghost girlfriend in a world where supernatural creatures mingle with humans.

    However, his zombie-ness never seems relevant to the plot. And it's not a deep, dark mystery, but a series of goofy stories told in a psuedo-noir fashion. One short story filled with humor would have been great, but I struggled to get through the whole thing.

    My favorite story was the one set at a sci-fi convention. There were lots of jokes for closet sci-fi nerds like me, and it had one of the more interesting mysteries.

    Michael Gilboe's performance was dead-on, pun intended. He sounded like every character should. And he played up the humor in the book by having the Zombie Detective take himself very seriously when his world was ridiculous. Or by making an unexpected, but still fitting choice for a character's voice. Gilboe's performance was the best part of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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