He gives to every character its own personality and voice, it makes you feel they are standing there in front of you and also he's not too slow to make you sleep neither too fast to make you think that he just want to finish the job as soon as possible. He modulates the voice giving every scene the right mood. He's very professional.
the story lagged a bit about the midway point, and the violence was a little shockingly violent, but was also outstanding in sucking you in and the last half I didn't want to stop listening for any reason. given the length of the book, the last half was pretty long - which was fabulous and engrossing
The reading was pretty good, the story predictable and a bit contrived but it is kind of fun. The weird smattering of leftist economic propaganda in the book, like an Ayn Rand novel seems out of place.
Yes, it wasn't bad.
I liked old Tom and the bone woman.
maybe. its very long and i rarely listen or read things twice, but it is good enough to an extra listen
darken rule (or however its spelled) or dana which is also amazingly charecterised.
dana i think, but he did an amazing job with all of them, so much soul into them, wish he would have narrated all the books
yes, the end of dana.
and when kalim tells richard that they can never be together.
amazing narrator, and lovely story. there was one point with dana and her "godlike magic" which i found annoying becouse it wasnt explained at all and you knew nothing about that kinda ability before her, making it seem really misplaced but it is ok since she ended up having some really touching scenes and added alot to the end of the story.
Wonderfully performed, wonderfully written. A great escape from reality. Although a little emotionally exhausting, the way it was written, but at least you care about the characters a lot.
I really wanted to like this book as it was recommended to me by a friend for whom it is a favorite. Unfortunately, I had to stop after reading a little more than half as I just couldn't stand it anymore.
Like some other reviewers, I found the writing to be juvenile. The dialog is neither believable nor interesting. Neither, for that matter, are the characters or their attraction. Having the main character constantly filled with (supposedly righteous) rage was tiresome. The rage/magic plot device did not work for me. The bad guys were so mustache-twirlingly evil as to feel like caricatures.
There is a lot of detail in inappropriate places. That is, places where it contributes no value and just drags things out. There is also a lot of very graphic detail when there's violence involved. I get it, you cut off his head. I don't need a two page description of the bloody stump.
Last but not least, I couldn't stand the narrator. His voice is very pleasant, but he's a drama queen. Every single word is fraught with meaning and urgency. Even getting on a horse is a matter of high drama. When the fate of the world hangs on every word, then nothing is meaningful. He executes the drama well, but a more balanced reading would have worked better for me.
I'm not sure - the first book was great and I was so excited to hear the second but the reader of the second book absolutely ruined it for me. When I saw the reviews that the third had a reader who was even worse, I gave up the series.
Little Rachel's escape
Sam did a great job with Zeb
I hope the producers of the recorded versions realize how critical the reader is to the story. These are adult listeners. Sam Tsoutsouvas was amazing and set a precedent that none of the subsequent readers could even come close to.
High school English teacher for 46 years.
Better imagination, Better writing, Logical plot. Original names.
Another author's books.
Too loud and ovrly emotional.
90 percent of them
Awkward phrasing and childlike plot trying to sound adult make it tedious. I was only able to endure the first part of the four parts of book one. It was a waste of my credits and money.
I never studied while in college. I just soaked it up like a sponge soaks up water. Everyone knew me ... and called me "The Wizard".
I've read it elsewhere, but never gave it much thought. But Sam Tsoutsouvas truly does make this an exceptional story. In times of stress his voice gets louder and faster ... and louder and faster ... until your heart beats HARD in sympathy ... or fear.
It is easy to distinguish his 'voices' and the level of emotion he puts into 'situations' is just unbelievable.
I would recommend this book even to persons who don't normally 'read' fantasy just for the performance. BRING HIM BACK!!!
Excuse me ... I've got to go look up Tsoutsouvas and see if he does anything else.
I have not read the print version so I cannot answer this.
My favorite character was Zed. I have a fully formed picture of him in my mind and I love the way that he teaches Richard. He is a well developed character with great charisma and flaws.
His voice is rich and expressive and he performed the characters expertly. The depth of emotion was dead on. There were times when it made my skin prickle!
I chose this book because my daughter recommended it. I'm not overly fond of this genre BUT I cannot WAIT to get the next one. It is fantastic.