Plugged by Eoin Colfer – Audiobook Review

Plugged by Eoin Colfer, narrated by John Keating
Published in audio by AudioGo, published in print by Overlook Press


All bouncer Daniel McEvoy wants to do is go to his appointment with his under-the-table doctor friend Zeb and get a check up for his hair transplant. That’s it. Simple. Except when he arrives, Zeb is nowhere to be found, and in his place is a member of the local mob who has a reputation for being quick with a knife. If it wasn’t enough to barely escape that encounter, when Daniel returns to work, he finds his sweetheart – a hostess at the seedy casino at which they both work – dead in the parking lot, an event which of course puts Daniel in the line of sight of the local police. Now Daniel has to figure out why people keep dying and disappearing around him, while keeping his own name clean and himself alive.

Thoughts on the story:

Plugged, is a fun and funny thriller. Daniel is really a very witty, smart-assed character (or smart-arsed, as he would say with his Irish brogue). The pacing and plotting are both quite good, and Colfer has created a colorful and interesting cast of characters. Most of the characters lean towards caricature, but only far enough to give the story a slightly silly edge in the midst of what could be a very tense situation. At the same time, Colfer never lets the silliness get away from him, keeping a good balance between intrigue and fun.

Thoughts on the audio production:

John Keating gives a strong performance in Daniel McEvoy’s first person narrative. Perhaps I’m just a sucker for a good accent, but he was absolutely a pleasure to listen to. Every once in awhile his American accents – at least those without the strong influence of New York and New Jersey – would fall flat, particularly when giving voice to a female character, but he generally handled the hodgepodge of accents and voices well, with great consistency for each individual character.


A fun listen, one I can recommend.

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