Summary

Russell Walker retreats from the shock of his wife's death by becoming a hermit in the woods of British Columbia. There he finds himself thrust into a precarious role as intermediary between a telepath called Smelly, so sensitive he can't stand to be near most people, and Constable Hilda, a skeptical police officer who needs Smelly's insight to track down a monstrous serial killer.
©2004 Spider Robinson; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By David on 22-09-07

Hold on tight....

It takes a rare talent to do what has been done here. This book contains concepts of torture and sadism that might well make you lose your breakfast to think about...were it not that they are sorrounded by the warm humour and fast wit that is unique to Spider Robinson. Even a book like this, remenicscent of Dean Koonz and Stephen King, he can turn into a feel-good experience. And don't fool yourself, early on, that you can predict the plot....you won't!!!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Colleen on 28-11-14

Disappointing, self indulgent violemce.

Would you try another book from Spider Robinson and/or Spider Robinson?

Not any more I don't think.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'll try something else. How about a 'Sector General' or Zenna Henderson book?

Would you be willing to try another one of Spider Robinson’s performances?

No

What character would you cut from Very Bad Deaths?

Alan

Any additional comments?

No

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3 out of 5 stars
By CARL V PHILLIPS on 15-05-08

a bit unpleasant

A reasonably good story, though nothing like you would expect based on the Callahan's tales. Normally I try to review the audio side of things, figuring that there are many reviews of the content at other booksellers. But I have to mention that the content is somewhat disturbing and more visceral due to the audio experience. It is certainly not the nastiest, and certainly not the scariest or most violent, story around, but it has some "I wish I had never heard something that creepy" bits that remind me of wishing I had never seen the movies Seven or 8mm. Fair warning -- be sure you like stuff like that.

The narration by Spider is a bit weak. Far from the worst around, for sure, and the critics of his narration have gone a bit far. Since it is his story, there is some value added in him narrating it. But you certainly would not want him as a narrator for someone else's work. He really only has three or four character voices, and there are (a few) more than four characters that need voices.

Overall, I would have to say that this is fine, but there are better choices for Robinson irreverence, for spooky stories, for characterization, and for narrations (though maybe not all four at once).

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