- Joshua C Cook
- November 3, 2017
- Blackwoad, Book 1
I’ll start off with complaints, for this review. As the book began with what felt like an endless exposition dump. The narrator was just awful. He read every single line in the same voice, never adding natural pauses to dialogue. It made the intro of the book a barrage of info that was difficult to process because there wasn’t a second to mull it over. When characters would talk, it was difficult to tell who was supposed to be speaking, which defeats the purpose of an audiobook.
The MC is a socially awkward/nerdy dude who has a complicated relationship with his ex-girlfriend that’s way out of his league. At this point, I’m taking it as a staple in Joshua C Cook novels. After 2 series, 1 standalone (6 books in total), I’d be more surprised if this wasn’t the case.
The actual mystery of the novel is great. There were times when I thought I had it figured out, only to be tossed a curveball. While I think the ending was a bit abrupt and came out of nowhere, it was a satisfying conclusion to the mystery.
While I’m giving this story a recommendation, I suggest you should avoid the audiobook version and stick with the physical or kindle copies. A bad narrator ruins an audiobook and this is one of those cases.
NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.