Summary

Old ghosts of different kinds come back to haunt Felix, in the fourth gripping Felix Castor novel. Names and faces he thought he'd left behind in Liverpool resurface in London, bringing Castor far more trouble than he'd anticipated. Childhood memories, family traumas, sins old and new, and a council estate that was meant to be a modern utopia until it turned into something like hell...these are just some of the sticks life uses to beat Felix Castor with as things go from bad to worse for London's favourite freelance exorcist.
See, Castor's stepped over the line this time, and he knows he'll have to pay; the only question is, how much? Not the best of times, then, for an unwelcome confrontation with his holier-than-thou brother, Matthew. And just when he thinks things can't possibly get any worse, along comes Father Gwillam and the Anathemata. Oh joy....
©2011 Mike Carey (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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2 out of 5 stars
By Jay on 18-12-12

Narrator ruined it for me. Story felt unoriginal.

As a few of the other reviews have mentioned, the narrator has changed which totally changed my perception of the characters. I almost felt as if the book had been written by a different author especially as the story itself has a slightly different rhythm to the previous 3. I also felt that the story was lazy as the Mike Carey had combined the characteristics of the main adversaries from the previous novels and i just felt as though i'd listened to it all before. Worth a listen i guess but not a patch on the previous novels.

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4 out of 5 stars
By mark on 26-07-12

Really entertaining - give it a try!

This story contains less outright action and more of our hero's personal history, his origins and associations. This can sometimes lead to the background getting in the way of the narrative - but I didn't feel that to be the case here. Our familiar characters re-appear and weave in and out of the storyline, and Carey teases the conclusion out in a surprising series of last twists. All in all, another very enjoyable story which makes me want to move on to the next book.

About the change of narrator. In book one I found the narration jarring and uncomfortable. The sheer number of mispronunciations and wrong emphasis was hugely distracting. Oddly, by books two and three, I found the narration to be an entertainment in itself and had obviously got totally used to it. The change of narrator in book four is a bit of a shock, but I think that it does sit more comfortably with the character, particularly to British ears. Lynch's accents are so much better than Kramer's (whose female Geordie was just a step too far!) - except for Juliets voice, which I think Kramer had spot-on.

Great fun - definitely worth trying if you're hunting around for some light modern reading material - just make sure you start at book one.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Robin on 15-09-12

Why did they change the narrator with book 4?

Story is as good as first 3, but they changed the narrator, which really ruins this series for me. Does the publisher really not understand how critical the voices are in an audio book to building the character? I know the author creates the story, but the performance aspect of audiobooks should not be discounted, as it obviously was on this series. If the prior narrator was poor, that's one thing, but he wasn't. The history I felt with Felix is totally disrupted now with some "stranger" pretending to be him. I will not buy more audio books in this series.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer Ritchie on 02-04-13

Disappointing Change

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I can imagine Damian Lynch's voice suiting other material in this genre, but the mid-series shift in narration is extremely disappointing. This Felix comes across as almost chipper and fast paced, and other voices are almost indistinguishable. I found myself missing Michael Kramer's Juliette in particular.

Was Thicker Than Water worth the listening time?

No. I'll be switching to physical copies for the rest of the series.

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