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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Audio Review: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Posted by Irish in Review5 Comments

Publisher:  Hachette Audio (Audio); Little, Brown (Print)

Publication Date:  03 Apr 2012 (Audio); 03 Apr 2012 (Print)
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN:  B007R077HK (Audio), 0316125849 (Print)
Format: Audio
Audio Length: ~9.5 hrs
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Place(s) Traveled to: Lobo’s Nod, Any State, USA
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Jasper Dent Series Order
Book 1: I Hunt Killers
Book 2: Untitled (Release: TBD)

First Line: By the time Jazz got to the field outside town, yellow police tape was everywhere, strung from stake to stake in a sort of drunken, off-kilter hexagon.

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga is by far one of THE best  audio books that I have ever listened to. The narrator Charlie Thurston is positively CHILLING at times with his voices. It doesn’t hurt that the source material can also be a bit spine tingling as well. This book had me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next and I wondered along with Jasper on weather of not he was capable of committing the horrific crimes that were going on in his town. Jazz was a wonderful character filled with so many layers and I found that it was really easy to relate to him. He felt like a real person and it was enjoyable and spooky to be inside of his head.

I also loved Jazz’s interactions with the people around him. His friend with Howie was one of my favorite parts of the book. I just loved their banter and how much Jazz cared for his friend. I also enjoyed how Jazz would take care of his grandmother. Its these kind interactions that make you think that there is no way he could be responsible for the killings. But then when you learn his history, how he was raised (and trained) but the most notorious serial killer that the world has ever known…that’s when you begin to doubt. And its that constant back and forth that I loved.

The plot was also really solid and gripping. All the clues were laid out that would lead to who the killer was but they aren’t so obvious that you figure it out in the early pages and not so obtuse that you ask “WTF just happened.” And yet there was still a bit of doubt as to what the truth really was and I love that wondering. That uncertainty that what we’re told might not be what is the truth. The story was well written and unlike anything that I’ve read before and I’ve read a lot of mysteries and thrillers. I loved this premise and I was so glad that I had this audio on my iTouch as I was able to listen to it wherever I happened to be without interruption. Because this was one book that I just couldn’t get enough of.

If I’d read this one in print I am not entirely sure if I would have had the same reaction to the story. Charlie Thurston’s narration is what made this whole experience for me and I am definitely going to be on the look out for other books that he’s read. He was just a master with the different voices and there was never any doubt as to who was speaking when. And as I mentioned about there were times when goose bumps literally broke out on my skin when he was recounting some portions of the book. That’s how chilling a narrator he was.

I Hunt Killers is one of those books that really defies explaination for me. I loved it but its really hard to put that love into words. Its a book where once I was finished reading it I was on Twitter begging the author if there would be more books featuring Jasper Dent. Thankfully he came back with a resounding yes and that made me very happy. I also know that if Thurston is the audio of book 2 that I will definitely be listening to it and not reading because he was just that amazingly fantastic. If you are into audio books or have been thinking of trying on then this is the audio for you. It was like Mary Poppins “nearly perfect in every way.”

5 Responses to “Audio Review: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga”

  1. bermudaonion

    The narration does sound marvelous but the audio might be too much for me – I might need to stick with print.

  2. Emily a.k.a WilowRaven : )

    I love when a audio book narrator just clicks! I have a chapter preview of this one that I haven’t read yet but I’m thinking I’ll probably be buying the book soon.
    It’s been a while since I’ve read a good thriller.
    Great review!

  3. Heather

    Ooooo! One of the BEST eh? I am intrigued! I’ll have to check it out. I’m due a great audiobook!