Story was way too long. Really it didn't need 8 hours to get through the school experience
Probably not, he was too dark and depressing. Not all teenagers hate their parents. If you are using magic, make it magical and not as if someone is simply struggling through calculus.
I understand pure evil, no question it exists, but at the end to excuse the beast because something bad happened in his childhood - Grossman really lost me there.
I've heard other readings by Mark Bramhall, I usually really like him. Maybe the characters were so unlikeable that Mark simply couldn't make it palatable.
I felt he was trying too hard to make the kids seem like kids.
Shortened the whole school experience by half. Done away with the visit to the south pole.
All the characters get tied in by the end, but it took so long.
What purpose was the game? A knock off of Quidditch just like Fillory was a knock off of Narnia.
If you are going to write a magic book - please be original, don't make a weak imitation of Narnia - where God is really God and not some pseudo useless ram.
Don't knock off Hogwarts where magic and fantasy really live.
If you want angst filled misery - keep magic out of it, that way I know never to read the book.
A stab in the dark choice turned out to be a gem. Not my typical genre of books to listen to but the author does a great job with the characters, scenes and the plot flows at a good pace. Always made me want to get in the car in the morning to pick up where I left off. The narrator is perfect for the style, accenting the subtle sarcastic personalities well. A great use of a credit. Can't wait for book 2, The Magician King.
Yes. It is brilliant.
When the protagonist walks naked and alone to the South Pole.
He is perfectly suited to the literary voice.
With all due respect, I don't like movies.
Give this book a try; have an open mind: it is not a typical fantasy book. Be patient, you will be rewarded.
As if J.D. Salinger and F.Scott Fitzgerald wrote abook about a jaded, moody Harry Potter LARPing through Narnia.
I have to agree with Erik and James, the book started out with an intriguing premiss, if a somewhat dark beginning. But, the later part of the book is just reflective of Quentin's depression and misery. I kept listening hoping for something to make me engage with the characters but it never happened. Where was the wonder and excitement, with the new worlds? It seemed more like a corruption of Narnia. The narrator was excellent.
Probably not - the story is all over the place. The development of the story felt contrived and forced. Overall, the whole story is pretty depressing.
I think a younger, or younger sounding, narrator would have been better for the story. The reading felt unnaturally slow and I didn't like the way the narrator spoke women's voices.
This is one of my favorite books so far. The Characters ares so flawed they seem like real people.
14 - The characters are very connectable
The attitude in the characters voices
I would have loved to but it was much too log.
I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a bit of fantasy and likes to contemplate the meaning of life. I found the teenage angst of it all a bit trying at times, but the fast-moving plot kept me listening. Unlike the two people who recommended this book to me, I like the sequel even better.
Avid fantasy and Scifi reader
Caveat: I am only 8 hours into the book and have abut 9 to go. I will revise my review after I finish.
I love the idea of a story line where there is scholastic environment for magic. Unfortunately this book doesn't deliver. The magic system is completely random and you get no idea of what is possible or how it's possible. There is little to no action/magic in the book. After about 7 hours the characters are in their 4th year of school and they don't really have any deep bonds and they act like they are still just meeting each other. Overall this book would probably be worth reading if you had nothing better in your lineup but if not, skip it.
Maybe, he is a good writer, but this book hasn't been very compelling. He hasn't made me care about any of the characters.