Been loving this series for a while now, The Sunrise Lands serves as great directional pull into a new major story arch for the series. After Protector and Mike died I found myself wondering if the series would keep my interest, The Sunrise Lands answered that for me.
Great Narrator as always, though a little odd how he chose to pronounce things a little differently this time around. I couldn't help but feel the tone was meant to be more universal too so that if you hadn't been following the series you'd feel more welcome and not lost... Makes sense since this is start of a new arch and a good time to get into the series without having to know everything that's happened in past.
My one note is that as a reader I found these books to be a bit tok thick in description and difficult to get through at times. Oddly enough as a listener, I love the details and thick descriptions, anything to paint an even deeper picture. But it's not for everyone, things don't move super fast with this style of writing, and the narrator can be a bit one note at times... But it's good one and if you like his voice you'll find everything seems to pop out at you!
I absolutely love this series, I read the first 2 books. The only problem I have with it is that Todd McLaren (the narrator) pronounces so many words incorrectly that I keep trying to correct him. Obviously, he never hears me. But it would be nice if he learned how to say the names of the region and cities. I won't even mention the pronouncing of names and the incorrect usage of French pronunciations.
This is an addictive series that keeps my interest.
Love the story.... really challenges my imagination,
Todd McLaren should do his homework. He does not pronounce Oregon names correctly and this really grates on me because I lived in the state for 30 years and know that the Willamette Valley is pronounced Will - lam - met and Corvallis is prounced Core - val -iss. Every time I hear these errors, I just cringe. On a positive note, McLaren does a nice job with the accents.
It progresses the story and finally fills in some details (vague as they are) about the origins that we have been waiting 7 books to hear about, and the characters are quite good. But there seems to be a pretty long dry spell in the middle where the author seems to be dragging things out unnecessarily. The beginning and the end were pretty good though. It was good enough to keep reading, the next one seems like it could be quite good now that the new characters have been established and the plot has been set back up.
I have enjoyed this series so far. The early books were a great deal of exploration of how much we require our technology and how things would change with out it. This book in particular is more of an adventure story with an almost classic fantasy adventuring company. The tropes are there and the characters are aware they are tropes.
All in all a good read. It is not going to blow your mind or change how you think, but it will be a fun romp.
I love a good book and can enjoy lengthy novels, but I became bored with the drawn out descriptions of the types of plants in the woods, the carvings inside a hall, or the clothing available. I understand the need to describe the setting, but this was overdone at times. I didn't get to the end to make a full review. Perhaps I will try the print edition and see if I enjoy that better. I can then skip the passages that halt the progression of the story. The narration was good. The writer is gifted, don't get me wrong. It is my personal preference for action that encourages this review. You decide for yourself.
I've never reviwed a book on Audible untill now but I just can't let this slide. I've tried twice now to listen to this book and cant get passed the first 2 or 3 hours without being torn between laughing out loud feeling insulted. If you can wrap your mind around the concept of a takeover of the world by ren fair junkies spouting elvish to each other, swinging swords and thee and thoing each other all over the place within (acording to the authors timeline) less than 20 years of all our machines breaking down. In which time they have constructed elaborate monarchies and religions fought several wars (and don't forget speaking elvish) and basically reverted to a Dungeons and Dragons version of midieval England maybe just maybe there is a story in there. It's beyond me but good luck!
Sorry for the rant.