The actual story is pretty tortured for the first 3/4 of the book. I didn't ever find myself really caring all that much about Quentin or any of the protagonists. However, the last quarter is a pretty brilliant deconstruction of Narnia (which I still love). I'm not sure the author has truly redeemed Quentin in this book, but the 2nd book is definitely better. I've yet to read the recently released third book. Hopefully it will finally tie up all the loose ends.
HS science teacher.
The characters were extremely unlike-able. The story was a straight rip-off from two much better series. The author owes J.K. Rowling and C. S. Lewis royalties.
I've heard both good and bad things about this book before I got around to reading it so I was really interested in seeing what makes this book tick so to say. After finishing it I was pleased to find a riveting story with very mundane characters with realistic flaws and points of view. I think as readers we can relate to at least one character or another. The only flaw I really saw with this book is its several deviations from the central storyline, it seemed to include things that came off irrelevant but later on in fairness aided the story slightly. With all that aside I'm excited to see where the second book goes and how the authors style of writing and storytelling changes, this seems like a series that may start slow but win the race.
It was boring overall. Not even mildly boring. I could not finish this book type of boring. I got 10.5 hours in and couldn't stand to hear about drunken parties and how droll the characters lives are outside of drinking and partying and how the main character doesn't want to get his head out of the sand and do anything worthwhile with his life.
He is an excellent narrator. I almost kept listening just for his narration. Definitely will be finding other books he has narrated.
Initial Interest, Annoyance, Disappointment, Boredom.
My boyfriend got me interested in this book because of the show on scifi. I never -ever- thought I would say it. The TV show is better than the book. I feel sacrilegious even saying that. At least the TV show has multiple points of view and is -interesting-. I picked up the book because I figured, if the TV show is this awesome... how much better will the book be! Boy was I sadly mistaken. ; ; /sad
Love every genre - read a book every 2 weeks or so- I mix between business books, classics, modern fiction, and biographies
This book tried to be way too many things. It felt at first like young adult then magic then something out of Leaving Loss Vegas- all mixed in with a huge amount of unfinished plot lines. The narrator is really the only good thing about the book.
The narrator drove me insane because he pronounces the letter "w" in that horrid fashion that Family Guy so memorably mocked. The book was great otherwise, a bit slow in parts, and Quentin is unlike able as a character, but I think that's some of what makes it a good book.
Two major things disappointed me about this book--so strong was the was the first that I couldn't finish it--and I really tried. My sisters, both avid readers, couldn't get through the book either.
First, the characters lacked depth and were completely unlikeable. At no point did the main character think of anything beyond himself. He imagines how his former friends must be without him, but only to feed his self-pity or self-importance.
Second, the plot was missing. It felt like I was listening to a diary. Diary of a self-centered, stereo-typed millennial brat failing to grow into an actual functioning adult.
My next listen was Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robbs, a futuristic mystery novel with a plot and character development. I recommend the entire series to anyone looking for quick, fun books.
Solid reading, but his voice is a bit monotonous.
I'd cut the main character and probably Elliot and most of the students, which really means that this whole story needs some work.