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    Editors Select, January 2014 - I was initially drawn into this book by its title and grim, gritty cover, but I was even more excited to learn the plot. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic New York City - where the young and poor live in camps in the park, while the rich retreat to an elaborate virtual reality – and tells the story of Spademan, a garbageman turned hitman. Spademan doesn’t ask any questions about the people he’s hired to kill – his only rule is no kids. But that all changes when he’s hired to kill the runaway daughter of a wealthy evangelist. At times the story reminded me of both Chuck Palahniuk and Philip K. Dick, which is a compliment in my book! Debut author Adam Sternbergh (a writer for New York Magazine) has written a witty, dark, and compelling novel that will appeal to fans of dystopian fiction or suspense. —Sam, Audible Editor

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    The futuristic hardboiled noir that Lauren Beukes calls "sharp as a paper-cut" about a garbage man turned kill-for-hire. 

    Spademan used to be a garbage man. That was before the dirty bomb hit Times Square, before his wife was killed, and before the city became a blown-out shell of its former self. Now he's a hitman. 

    In a near-future New York City split between those who are wealthy enough to "tap in" to a sophisticated virtual reality, and those who are left to fend for themselves in the ravaged streets, Spademan chose the streets. When his latest client hires him to kill the daughter of a powerful evangelist, he must navigate between these two worlds - the wasteland reality and the slick fantasy - to finish his job, clear his conscience, and make sure he's not the one who winds up in the ground. 

    ©2013 Adam Sternbergh (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    • Lawrence
    • 02/02/2014

    Noir garbageman in dirty bombed New York

    Arthur Morey's Tom Waites voice narrates this first person, garbage man come passionless killer come unlikely hero novel with a convincing mix of insight and resignation.

    This book was unexpectedly well written. Rich references give a back story to a man and a New York both devastated by a dirty bomb. The violence is imaginative and sometimes shocking. The characters carry their own motives and complexities. We bond with uncharming people.

    If I have a criticism of the book it is that it has two distinct trajectories in it. Part one is futuristic noir. Part two is dystopia conditioned by an imagined technology. Part one is anti-hero, part two is the unlikely redemption of the hero. It works, but I preferred first half Geiger counters to the second half's "lymnosphere."

    Suffice it to say that I really look forward to Sternbergh's next.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 08/03/2014

    Did not feel the narrator was a good fit with this

    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This was an interesting hit man turned hero story with some intriguing dystopian sci fi elements mixed in. The plot was a bit weak I really couldn't really get why this guy went from unfeeling hit man to guy who needs to protect the world from,,,,I'm not even sure what. Also much of spademans success seems to come down to pure luck and convenient plot twists that make enemies allies. In the end it was the narration that ruined this for me. It was a great gravely voice, one you would expect from a hard boiled hit man. However, the cynical sarcastic dialogue just didn't have the right rhythm. I felt like the accent was placed on the wrong words making the lines sound monotone and flat. This made it very hard to focus on the story and I found myself drifting off. I feel the story would have been better with a narrator with a more comedic edge, rather than this serious voice who tended to end most sentences as if he was asking a question? I wish I had read this book rather than listened to it

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Arthur Morey?

    Charlie Sheen, Keith Szarabajka, Robert Glenister

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    • Tony Barbera
    • 01/08/2015

    Book Was Flat

    Book and the review had all the elements of something I would enjoy. Almost like a blade runner type scene but it was just something about the performance and the content that made novel come across flat. Disappointing as I have book multiple tries. :(

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    • Kevin
    • 27/01/2014

    An ok book. Nothing really resonated.

    First the performance was great. It was a little heavy handed in the snarkiness but you warm up to it. The story itself was not terribly engaging. A superficial mix of various scifi tropes, not of which were to heavily explored. An easy, entertaining listen overall but it's not going to blow you away.

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    • joe
    • 22/11/2017

    unremarkable movie in the form of a book

    far too many glaring plot holes, relies on shock factor to try to keep interest, did emotional portrayals well (at times), ended up feeling like i watched a bland scifi action movie that no one sees in theaters and you watch once and forget about when it makes its way to netflix, if you want a good read look elsewhere, this will not leave you satisfied.

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    • Big Cajun Man
    • 15/03/2016

    Disturbingly interesting story and recreation

    What did you love best about Shovel Ready?

    The dramatization is good and the story is quite disturbingly interesting. The Spade Man character is quite the interesting sociopath of a hero.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The story telling and the telling of the environment's story as well.

    Which character – as performed by Arthur Morey – was your favorite?

    Spade Man, pure and simple

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me want to listen to it, and keep listening to it.

    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the listen.

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    • Jane
    • 03/02/2014

    Started out interesting, but lost steam for me

    This book is different, but I liked it at the start. With about an hour left to go it just ran out of steam. It felt like the author didn't know how to end the story. There was no climax, it just kind of petered out.

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    • Jack Daniels
    • 26/01/2015

    Well read. Well written.

    Saw this title in Esq. magazine
    Listened to it in a day it was that good. And I am picky