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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Audio Review: Game by Barry Lyga

Posted by Irish in Review3 Comments

Title: Game (Goodreads)
Publisher:  Hachette Audio

Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 16 Apr 2013
Series or Standalone: Series
Format: Audio
Audio Length: ~13.5 hrs

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Place(s) Traveled to: Lobo’s Nod, Any State, USA // New York, New York // Brooklyn, New York
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

First Line: She had screamed, but she had not cried.

Jasper Dent Series Order
Book 1: I Hunt Killers
Book 2: Game
Book 3: Untitled (TBD)

When I Hunt Killers came out last year I was hooked. I fell head over heels for the audio and loved every bit of it. The narrator, Charlie Thurston, game me chills and once I heard that there would be a sequel to the story I knew that I would have to listen to that one as well. Sequels can be such hit or miss things and while I was really looking forward to Game I was dreading it as well. Would it fall into the cliched role of a transition novel with not much happening or would it surpass the book that came before? While Game didn’t blow me away like I Hunt Killers did it wasn’t your standard transition novel either. 

In Game, Billy Dent is on the loose and there is also a new serial killer running around New York City. They police there decide to bring in Jasper Dent to consult as he does have a unique perspective on things. And even though he’s a minor and this is just a book I still find it a bit odd that he does all of this for free. But that is just a minor thought that I had while listening to this story. 

I mostly enjoyed this story and really liked its complexities. I enjoyed the twists and turns and was surprised a time or two during the course of this story. What I didn’t like was how this one ended. I didn’t like the cliff hanger aspect of it and how, as a reader, I am now forced to pick up the next book in order to find out what happens next. For me, cliff hangers are cheap plot devices that only take away my interest in a story. 

As with, I Hunt Killers, I enjoyed Thurston’s narration although unlike that book I didn’t get the same chills. Perhaps because this wasn’t a continuation of a story and so the voices weren’t fresh or new. It could also be because even though the story went to New York and Brooklyn – places that have some distinctive accents – none of the characters from there had an accent. Thurston gave them these lifeless voices that could have been from anywhere and I just think that it was a lost opportunity to further add some depth and realism to this story. 

I enjoyed Game but I didn’t love it as much as the first book. While I’m curious to see where a third book goes I’m also miffed at being forced to read it. I think that there are better ways to drive a readers interest in continuing on with a series and it doesn’t always have to be with a cliff hanger. Have I mentioned how much I do not like cliff hangers? I will most likely check out the third book but I’m not bursting for more, not like I was after finishing I Hunt Killers

If you enjoyed the first one you’ll probably enjoy this one as well. Its a good installment in the series its just missing a little something that the first book had. At least, it was for me. I know many out there loved Game just as much if not more than the first book. Perhaps I just hyped this one too much up in my head to enjoy it fully. As an audio, it could have been better (see note on lack of accents above), but I will say that I will listen to the third book over reading it if Thurston is brought back as the narrator. He may not do a New York accent but he’s killer with the voice he does for Billy Dent.

3 Responses to “Audio Review: Game by Barry Lyga”

  1. Vivien

    It is disappointing to hear it wasn’t as good as the first. I was really charmed by the first book. I know, odd but I just remember really liking it. I do still want to read this one and I hope to get the audio for it.