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The Dirty Streets of Heaven Audiobook

The Dirty Streets of Heaven: A Bobby Dollar Novel, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

The Dirty Streets of Heaven is the first in a new set of fantasy-fuelled thrillers from the author George R. R. Martin cites as one of the major inspirations behind Game of Thrones: Tad Williams, international best-selling author of The Dragonbone Chair.

Bobby Dollar isn’t your average angel! Sure, he takes the occasional trip to Heaven, but his job as an advocate - arguing the fate of the recently deceased - keeps him pretty busy on Earth, and he's more than happy to spend the rest of his time propping up the bar with his fellow immortals. Until the day a soul goes missing, presumed stolen by "the other side".

A new chapter in the war between heaven and hell is about to open. And Bobby is right in the middle of it, with only a desirable but deadly demon to aid him.

©2012 Tad Williams (P)2012 Hodder & Stoughton

What the Critics Say

“When I heard that Tad Williams was writing an urban fantasy novel, I got all tingly. Now I've read it, and it's even better than I'd dared to hope. It's snarky, fast-paced, and above all, original. You should be tingly, too.” (Patrick Rothfuss)

“’Tad Williams' ... famous four-book trilogy was one of the things that inspired me to write my own seven-book trilogy. [ I ] said, "My god, they can do something with this form," and it's Tad doing it.” (George R. R. Martin)

“Exhilarating action, fascinating characters, and high stakes will leave the reader both satisfied and eager for the next installment.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Williams has managed to create something really special with The Dirty Streets of Heaven that manages to breathe new life into the urban fantasy genre while at the same time retaining the magic of his earlier novels, an incredible start to a promising series.”(SF Book website)

“Williams has managed to create something really special with The Dirty Streets of Heaven that manages to breathe new life into the urban fantasy genre while at the same time retaining the magic of his earlier novels, an incredible start to a promising series.”(SF Book website)

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    Jeremy Balmain, Australia 21/01/2015
    Jeremy Balmain, Australia 21/01/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "I wanted to enjoy it but ....."

    Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of Tad Williams. I have been since reading his early stuff 25 years ago. I've enjoyed some of his new stuff too (The War of the Flowers, for example).

    This book came with some good reviews so I thought I'd give it a go. Unfortunately I just didn't enjoy it! I found it slow and unexciting, with two dimensional characters. Also, the narrator wasn't to my liking although he did a respectable job. I struggled to finish and can't say it will stick in my mind.

    Hopefully others will enjoy it more than me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Jm Buckley
    United Kingdom
    1/10/12
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    "Excellent!"

    I loved this book. I wasn't very sure about this book when I first started it. I am not usually into Urban fantasy. But this book grabbed me right from the start, I loved Bobby Dollar's character and the tryst with Cas, and the take on the whole heaven and Hell saga. Recommended.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Forgetful
    Gillingham, United Kingdom
    23/12/12
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    "Interesting take on the age old battle"

    A modern day twist on the eternal battle between heaven and hell. I am a fan of this background setting and Tad Williams introduces some interesting ideas in his take on the subject. The protagonist occasionally lays the wise-cracking on a bit thick, but overall an entertaining read and I'm very much looking forward to the continuation of the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • M Gauntlett
    Bristol
    23/12/12
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    "More, please."

    When I started reading this I thought it was going to be a bit like a boring whodunnit, written to a forfmula. I persisted, because I had paid for it! How glad I was. By the time I reached the end, I was searching Audible's store to find a sequel. I hope it's on its way. I can hadly wait.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Dudley, United Kingdom
    18/12/12
    Overall
    "Can't get past the bad accents."

    So here's the weird deal.



    My review on the book is at least a 3, which will increase once I've read the book myself. But the narrator on this really drags it down. I could have lived with it, moved on, took it in my stride. But then the Solihull Sisters made an appearance. And the Foxy Foxy.



    I worry that I'm judging someone based on 2 lousy representations of accents. But hell I'm forking out the cash for it so why not. If you can't do the accents don't bother, I can make it work in my own head. Don't think a poor Irish accent is even vaguely close to a Birmingham accent. I've gone right through the recording but I'm still going to get my credit back. Frankly it will compensate my need to buy the book.



    The novel? Yeah. Loving Bobby D and the way its written. I've tried to start reading Otherland by Tad Williams but not got past the first few pages, but a review of this really intrigued me. Its a great pretext and there is so much more for this series to be. Can't wait for the next.



    Just think about who reads it out!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Robert Griffiths
    Cwmtwrch, Wales, UK
    9/11/12
    Overall
    "Heaven Sent"

    An excellent story, not really into sci-fi but saw the other reviews and decided to give it a go and found that I really, really enjoyed the book. Leave reality behind and enter the world of Angels and Devils!!! Roll on the next installment!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    ambleside, United Kingdom
    28/10/12
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    "Brilliant"

    Was not sure what I was going to make of this, as a lot of movies had a similar theme and ended up a let down. I had a credit and downloaded on a whim. What a brilliant book, real laugh out loud, and I am a hard one to make laugh out loud. Funny, dark, exciting....it had a bit of eveything really, a real good story to switch off and enjoy..excellent narration too...Cant wait for the next book

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • sharon
    Falmouth, United Kingdom
    19/07/13
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    "A different spin.."

    Angels and Demons who fight for your soul when death comes!
    I enjoyed this offering on the whole and it kept me interested throughout, first time with this author and would like to read more, saying that would like to have had more interaction with other characters, you are in Bobby Dollars head on his own a lot of the time and although his inner thought processes are witty and entertaining. enjoyed the banter and interactions with other characters more.. on the whole a good read..

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • M
    Wakefield, United Kingdom
    26/08/14
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    "$Bobby"

    Tad Williams set himself quite a task writing a detective noir novel set in heaven, but I think he pulls it off quite nicely. The narration is spot on, getting just the right level of humour in the darkness, and the writing is rich with one-liners and smart descriptions. Overall, pretty damn fine - on to the next one ...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sam
    Chester, United Kingdom
    23/12/12
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    "Write the Sequel now!"

    This is a nicely balanced book, with action, investigation, philosophy and romance all muddled together in good proportions. It does take a little bit of time to grab you but you will be thoroughly involved by the end of it. Unfortunately it is a multipart series and for the time being you will be waiting hanging. Occasionally if you are as stupid as me you may well be scratching your heard trying to puzzle together all the clues, but thankfully the author brings them together frequently enough that you can work it all out :D

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doyenne
    Royal Greenwich
    26/09/14
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    "A great tale:"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's fun and surprising.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    "Junior". He's the 'real' person in the tale.


    Have you listened to any of Joe May’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No but I really enjoyed this performance. His characterisations are detailed and secure.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. Both.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed it so much I bought the two following books in the series.
    2 was a washout; 3 saved it somewhat but neither were as good as this.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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