I struggled with this book honestly. The characters were all too mopey and depressed to the point of it leaving me with the hope that they all would get replaced with some half way normal, emotionally well adjusted characters. It has a well built world and reasonably traditional magic system. I just felt it lacked character development, which left me not really caring about what happens to them in the story.
Mark Bramhall does a phenomenal job with a variety of voices but even that can't change the sophomoric feel of this book. Grossman has good ideas but needs to bring a more adult tone (and a more active editor) to the table to make this feel more like a fully fleshed out story and less like a sniggering adolescent wet dream of hijinks, wistful alcoholic wanderings, and fully "fleshed out" females. He'll be a good writer if he can grow up.
This novel is reminiscent of what would happen if a college aged American Harry Potter was actually sorted into Slytherin and fell in love with Hermione, but grew up obsessed with The Chronicles of Narnia and discovered one day that it was possible to go there and that the tales were all true. (Names and dates changed to protect the innocent, of course!)
Very fun, with frequent references to other fantasy series that makes it a little meta cognitive about what genre it is in. The reader is great, but he can lull you right to sleep if you are not careful.
this is a refreahingly adult story... I enjoyed most of it...but there is always that one thing... in this case qhat jappena to one of the characters... still very good and enjoyed the easter eggs
I've lost track of the number of times I've listened to this book. It's far and away my favorite book, a perfect combination of my other favorites: Catcher in the Rye and Harry Potter. The whole series is a fantastic story of growth and learning to deal with the realities and fantasies of life.
Mark Bramhall read just fine but the author just rambled
Not sure... It would take some doing
Reader was fine... It was the lack of a story and the rambling that annoyed me
To all authors. Stay on point. It's not about how many words you can write.
It's all about content.
Loved the narration. I wish the TV series was more faithful. The characters are very engaging and funny and flawed. The story is suspenseful with lots of characters and plot twists. I would recommend it