The premise had real potential but the story is unbearably depressing and unfulfilling. Hardly ever is there a moment when you feel any emotion for the characters and there situations. I didn't have one character I even remotely liked. Parts of the book that are enjoyable are short and lack detail.
Have something interesting happen. It just rambles on in an alcoholic haze, with uninteresting, worthless characters, doing absolutely nothing but getting drunk. It started out with such promise with an exciting premise, then fell flat on its face in a drunken stupor. What a shame!!
No performance could have saved this mess.
All of them.
So angry with myself for reading nearly 2/3 of this book, hoping against hope that something exciting or interesting might at last happen. Finally gave up, tired and disgusted with the endless drunken orgies!!
Though the book is imaginative and well written, the main character is thoroughly irritating. That said, I still enjoyed it.
the narrator seemed like he was narrating to children and the first half of the book had no action. the whole time they were at school I felt like I was waiting for something to happen.
One review stated this book was Harry Potter for adults, not exactly the greatest endorsement to be sure. The only thing adult about the book is the numerous, unnecessary adult scenes.
The characters lack any maturity, and there is little growth in them. They are petty. The main character opines repeatedly over the same issues. And this takes up more time than necessary. The problem with an audio book is that it's rather hard to skim and flip pages to the good stuff.
The only decent parts of the story are occasional turns of phrase that delight the war and imagination, but they become increasingly scarce as the story proceeds.
That said, the reader performs the story well, and I enjoyed listening to him.
More mature, less foul-mouthed teenagers.
I barely got into it I was so disappointed in the writing style. I couldn't even stand it long enough to get into what may have been, hopefully, the good parts.
Didn't give him a chance. Was so disgusted by the storyline, didn't really pay attention to the narrator. In thinking about it, I think he sounded pretty well spoken, good spacing; I'll certainly give another thing he narrates a try.
Getting my credit back.
I think it tries very hard to show us a magical world from a very realistic perspective, but in the end makes the whole thing seem bland. I left feeling like the author has a very nihilistic view of the world that took over the book. The book is enjoyable, but will probably leave a lot of people feeling unsatisfied at the end.
This has become one of my favorite books to listen to! I read it the old fashioned way and then grabbed it on Audible to relive the fun prior to the show debuting on SiFi. The narrator handles the snarky, angsty, sarcastic humor even better than my internal voice had. Magic is REAL and, thankfully, so are the characters. It's a group I love to go on magical adventures with... so I do, repeatedly.
I was brought here from the t.v. series when I realized it was a book. I love when I get a deeper understanding of a show by reading it's original source. The two mediums are so far removed from each other, including different names, personalities and actual events, that it hardly seems like they are related at all. I pushed through the extraordinarily boring and depressing book in hopes that something would happen that would make it worth all the hours of listening. Nothing ever did. I am not motivated to listen to the rest of the series and on top of that, I am not even interested in watching the second season anymore. Just a real bummer experience.