If literary authors want to dabble in genre fiction, they should have some respect for the genre; I felt like Grossman was sneering at Harry Potter and Narnia fans with the way he carefully copied almost every aspect of both worlds, and then sucked all the joy and wonder out of them. He gave us a bunch of "realistic" teenage magicians, which is to say, selfish, depressing, whiny, and mean. This would have been fine if we saw character growth and some sort of redeeming quality by the end, but we don't.
There is some decent writing and worldbuilding here, but the story is bleak and pointless, and never once did I find myself caring about any of the characters. The narration was okay -- Mark Bramhall did give each character a distinct voice that helped me remember who was who when I didn't really care.
This is a book for people who think themselves "above" reading fantasy, especially YA fantasy, not for people who actually enjoy it, whom I suspect Grossman thinks of as unsophisticated chumps.
Say something about yourself!
I will not mention that this is not a kids book, other have. What I will say is that what started out slow but interesting got very graphic and died somewhere about the 4 hour. I could not finish it. I did like the narration but the story was just bad. Save your credit.
This book, the writing, the characters...I couldn't even bring myself to finish listening. I stopped a couple hours in. The characters got confusing because the author did not make me care enough to concentrate on any of them.
Not worth your credits!
Not worth listing too. It's like Harry Potter has a pitty party in Narnia. I never have written a review on any book wheather I liked them or not. This one was so bad I had to make an exception in hopes of helping others avoid wasting their time and money.
This books goes from very interesting, to a pity party so full self loathing I was glad i wasn't reading but listening on my commute. The end portion of the book was slightly redeeming. Ultimately this book is not much of a fantasy book, but more of a self introspection of a person that cant find happiness anywhere. I compare this book to a meth head harry potter wandering into narnia without the charm and magic of either book.
I probably should've written this review right after I read this book, but I'll do my best.
I thought this book was a great story and had great character development. I thought the pace was well set and thought the story, although borrowed from other books, was imaginative and entertaining. I was disappointed by the end. I thought it could've been better and was disappointed the way it left off, but I would still recommend it.
I thought the narrator did a great job. He was not distracting in the least in my opinion and I can't remember anything negative to report. I didn't think he was amazing, but also not distracting which is the most important thing!!
Over all, I thought it was pretty good... Not amazing, not terrible, just pretty good...
I was suprised at the beginning when it was introduced as Audible for kids since I wasn't expecting a childrens book, however it turned out NOT to be for kids. The book moves from the story of students at school to a much more mature theme as the book developes. It was a great to listen to and always left me wondering what was going to happen next.
First off I agree, this is definitely not for kids. Other than that, I truly loved this book. I loved everything about it. I could hardly put it down. I would highly recommend it.
Okay... The story is interesting thus far, but the Narrator is hard to get used to. He reminds me of that flat, unemotional robot voice that used to read text to you on those first generation Mac computers. I don't know...... How long... I can last...