Love this book. I have listen to all 11 original books in series. I enjoy all of them, BUT this still one of the best if not the best in series. Performance is spot on...try some other narrators as series goes on..but Sam is my favorite!
Actually 1st fantasy book I listened to many years ago... help me discover great books in the genre.
I like it a lot, the plot moves and there's no major lull in the book.
I cried a bit when Kahlen was talking about her sister's death
Love love love the narrator!
Ultimately, the story turned out just fine. It took about 6 hours to get into it, and even then the characters and dialogue were too polarized. Where conflicts arose between main characters early on, they were typically settled with "Wow! I didn't think of it like that. I am very sorry, and we will be friends forever now."
The audio mixing was a bit sub par as well. I listen to audio books during my 60 minute commute each day over a bluetooth system in a car less than 2 years old. I haven't had issues with other audio books through audible. Yet with this book, without any changes to my phone volume, I would find myself jumping between 28 and 42 on the volume dial from one minute to the next to hear or to save my hearing.
Overall I would steer you towards another book. But if it's this or, say, 50 Shades of Gray, I think you know the answer.
The storyline was good, but I found strange inconsistencies in the book that were frustrating. Example: in the beginning of the book, the Mother Confessor's ability to touch someone and make them totally love her to the point of doing anything and everything she asks enables her to travel confidently, knowing that it would take several people to capture her, etc.. yet near the end, she is in a situation where she is captured, yet does nothing to use her power, with no explanation of why. I also found it increasingly violent, which bothered me. I expect that listening to the book made it more difficult, because if I were reading it, I could skim through the parts I found objectionable, whereas when I listened, I could not. The narrator was generally good, but when it came to narrating Scarlet, the dragon, he made her sound like Mae West. A little strange. If you can stomach a lot of perverse torture and violence, the book is not bad- but I would advise reading, not listening.