• The Killing Kind

  • A Charlie Parker Thriller
  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (307 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Irish author John Connolly delivers the third novel in his best-selling, critically acclaimed series featuring troubled ex-cop turned detective Charlie Parker.

John Connolly takes battered ex-cop Charlie Parker on his third outing after Every Dead Thing and Dark Hollow. Still struggling with the horrific ghosts of his past, Parker is now a disillusioned private eye hired to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Grace Peltier - which neither her father nor a former US senator believes was suicide. The trail leads to a mass grave in Northern Maine where a Baptist community disappeared 40 years earlier. The deaths of the Baptists and Grace are connected and point in the direction of a shadowy organization known as the Fellowship. With the assistance of some idiosyncratic and murderous acolytes, Parker soon confronts the Fellowship's demonic leader and finds himself caught in a situation more gruesome than even he could ever have imagined.

©2001 John Connolly. All rights reserved. Originally published in 2001 Great Britain by Hodder and Stoughton. All rights reserved. (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Needs a different narrator

I might have enjoyed this story better had it been narrated by someone else.
It was so hard to care about the story (and I'm a JC fan) that I was continually thinking that our ceiling needs painting.
Jeff Harding and George Guidall (previous narrators) do Charlie Parker so well. They have the gravitas to actually sound like a former cop whose wife and daughter had been brutally murdered.
By comparison, Holter Graham sounds like a puppy.
I imagine he'd do well narrating other books. His diction is good and his voice is (too) pleasant. Here he just sounds glib, like a candidate for Student Council president.
Too bad.

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Narrator was awful!

I enjoyed the book but struggled with Holter. The narrator does the Dark Hunter books This book should be read by Jeff Harding.

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Why the change in narrator?!?!

I am so disappointed with the change in narrator. The narrator for the first two books did a great job with all of the characters, the narrator for this one butchers Angel and Louis. Disappointing overall, sticking it through for the good story...

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Story ok but pronunciation!

It’s Louis (Lou-e). I figured the joke about the king would’ve been a clue. And it’s Muh-CHI-us! Real places in Maine, so it’s annoying and distracting when they’re pronounced incorrectly.

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Terrible narrator!

I couldn't finish chapter one. I am returning it. Light weight boring narrator trying to portray an emotionally heavy weight character.

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Graham is a ruin.

Graham has about 2 1/2 voices throughout the book, and cannot even keep those straight. What an atrocious reader.

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Great novel, but...

Needs a good narrator. This one was too young and had the wrong pace, depth of voice. Also, it was upsetting to hear several Maine place names mispronounced. I live in Maine and cringed often. This affects reader reception of the novel itself. Bird needs to be tougher. Voices of his buddies were also better and funnier in first books.

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Wrong, wrong, wrong narrator

This book was soooooo good, but the narrator was ALL WRONG. First of all, don't these narrators listen to each other? You can't go changing "Louie" to "Luis." And, this narrtor's voice is way too young for Charlie Parker. That being said, his voice for the spider guy was AMAZING - wow. Gave me chills every time that guy spoke.

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Wrong Narrator Choice

I normally think it is unfair to review a book before completing it, but I am going to make an exception for this one. I can already tell the story is going to be as good as the other Charlie Parker stories, my problem is with the narrator. I don't think the narrator is bad at his job, but I am having a hard time picturing the same Charlie Parker as the one Jeff Harding portrayed. His voice and delivery makes him seem like an eager, sarcastic 20-something, which Charlie Parker is not... I would recommend listening to a sample of this before purchasing as it is rather distracting. I would like to stress again that the narrator is not bad, but would be more suited for voicing Spiderman or a puppy in a Disney animated movie. I will edit this review when I finish the book should my opinion change, but I don't have high hopes.

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Book Obliterated By Narrator (sic)

I like Connolly's work, complex and silly as it is.
But he made a HUGE mistake using Holter (?) Graham to read it. If one has prefaced this book by absorbing the preceding issues read by Jeff Harding and others with real talent at this job, one of immediately put off by the high-pitched, nasal screech of this imposter. I came to think of him as 'helium boy' and see him with a clothes pin clamped down on his proboscis. No differentiation between otherwise distinctly individual characters, misplaced emphasis, etc. etc. It was so distracting, I barely remember the plot. I think there may have been references to spiders in there somewhere.
Connolly owes me $10 or so to reimburse me for this travesty.

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