Plugged by Eoin Colfer
Published by: The Overlook Press
Published on: September 1, 2011
Page Count: 256
Genre: Crime Fiction
My Reading Format: Audiobook sent to me by the publisher for participating in the audiobook tour
Audiobook Published by: AudioGo
Narrator: John Keating
Audiobook Length: 8 hours 27 minutes
Available Formats: Hardcover, eBook and Audiobook
Giveaway: Please fill out the form at the bottom of the review by September 12th for a chance to win an audiobook copy of this book for yourself.
Daniel McEvoy is a big, strong, balding Irish doorman for Slots, a seedy gambling institution in an otherwise quiet Cloisters, New Jersey. A former Irish peacekeeper who served two tours of duty in the Lebanon, Daniel emigrated to the United States. He left New York City for a quieter way of life. Unfortunately, it seems as though he has a blinking neon sign on his back saying, “Welcome, Trouble.” Just as he is contemplating taking things a small step further in his relationship with Connie, a hostess at Slots, she is murdered in the alley behind the casino. From that moment forward, Daniel is nowhere if not in harm’s way. He needs to identify and disarm (or kill) those forces looking for him before he is found. If only he could get the ghost voice of his missing friend out of his head. Oh, yeah, and neuter his obnoxious upstairs neighbor, Mrs. Delano.
There are times in one’s life when a zany crime novel full of well placed profanity and violence is exactly the juice one’s soul needs. Little did I know that when I agreed to listen to and review AudioGo’s production of Plugged that it would be the right audiobook at the right time. When life’s work is a black hole of stress, there’s often no better cure. I hadn’t ever read Eoin Colfer before this audiobook. In fact, I debated joining the tour because I hadn’t even heard of Artemis Fowl when the invitation arrived. The time I spent in my car grinning from ear to ear or laughing at Daniel’s reactions to each new scrape made me thankful I went with my gut. Audiobook selections may not be matters of life or death, but I felt like Daniel and I were lucky bastards together.
Just like Eoin Colfer, Plugged was my first encounter with John Keating as narrator. His rich Dublin accent reminded me of the times I rewound my battered VHS copy of Rattle and Hum just so I could hear Larry Mullen speak. I couldn’t have been happier than to know that I had almost 8 and a half hours of that voice awaiting me. I am certain that Plugged makes a wonderful read in print, but I can’t imagine reading it without Keating’s performance. Not only did he bring Daniel to life, he made the American characters ring true as well. The mixture of Colfer’s irreverent humor and Keating’s spot-on narration were magical. The narration felt much like listening to a traditional storyteller. We all know that no one tells a story like the Irish.
John Keating’s Dublin accent initially grabbed my attention, but soon after it was enveloped into the larger package of the audiobook. It wasn’t long before I started to smile at the glorious use of cuss words and then quickly began to laugh out loud at Daniel’s world view. His honest sarcasm and his almost shameful vanity were a treat. I knew quickly that I was in for a madcap adventure with one of the wittiest characters I’ve read in a long time. Just like trouble, Daniel sucked me in to his world and wouldn’t let me go.
Plugged is proof positive that reading is fun.
AudioGo has graciously provided me with a second copy of Plugged to give away to one of my readers. Who wants to be a happy reader like me?