This is the second time I am unable to complete a book due to narration. Dick Hill is been the narrator on both occasions. I don???t think that I will be purchasing any books narrated by Dick Hill. He is very melodramatic, and it is something that really bothers me.
Audible will not let me provide feedback only on narrator, so giving 3 stars to story.
I enjoyed every minute of this book, and am eagerly awaiting the next volume. The reader is excellent: he has a very pleasing voice, and does the characters well. One minor quibble: on occasion he stops reading and starts acting, and in some places, over-acting. However, I'll gladly listen to another book by this author and this reader.
The first thing I noticed about this book was that it was slow. The narrative style involves delving deeply into the thoughts of the characters, but the majority of the time, the characters aren't thinking about anything interesting. The scenes were anything happens are surrounded by characters thinking about what's going to happen and then various characters' views on what did happen. The pace picks up slightly toward the end of the book, but the first section is almost interminably slow.
This deep style of narration might not be so bad if we actually liked any of the characters, but very few of them are remotely likable. Even the children seem both undeveloped and unlikable. The author was clearly attempting to create flawed characters, but most of seemed to do awful things for no well-explained reason, even the ones we were supposed to like.
I finished listening to the book, and I kept hoping it would get better. To some extent, it did. The book's ending was much better than the beginning.
Because this kept coming up as a recommendation, I finally caved in and gave it a listen. while the author seems to be a very capable story teller, there is nothing compelling about this story. There are too many characters receiving equal billing throughout this book. The result is that the reader never becomes invested in any one. In the end, I just didn't care what happened to any of them. Marginally more time was spent on the Corine character (not sure about the spelling)than the others, but she is an incredibly unlikeable character. Do yourself a favor and don't bother with this one. I would recommend Jim Butcher's Fury series (especially book 2 through 4).
Based on previous reviews, I was looking forward to listening to this book. I first tried listening to it almost 2 years ago, and only got through the first 1-1/2 hours. Recently I decided to give it another go, and made it through three hours, when I realized that
I. JUST. DIDN'T. CARE.
This book just didn't draw me in. Maybe there's more character development further on, but I'll never know. Each chapter just jumped around to a different main character, never building any one of them up enough to keep my interest.
I've been an Audible customer for over two years, and have listened to nearly 100 audiobooks. Of all of these, this is only the third I've given up on.
This is an amazing book .. my only complaint is that we will have to wait a year or more for him to write a sequel.
Fans of the Dune or The lord of the Rings series will find this to be a very good read...up to a point. I loved this book until I got to the final few chapters, where the author seems to just run out of juice. There are no good conclusions, nothing but questions and dead ends, and, of course, the set up for a sequal. Not really what I was hoping for after the first 27 plus hours of riveting storytelling.
It was a little hard to follow at the beginning but it really ended up smoothing out and once you got to know all of the characters it became quite easy to root for them. The thing he does very well though, is he gives characters real life personalities. Not just a good guy or a bad guy. So at first there are good and bad aspects of each and you need to try to figure out who you want to root for. I like that a lot.
The book was a bit of a roller coaster for me.
For the 1st half or so I was interested but not truly captured by the story. Then it hooked me hard. But then I thought the story/plot was becoming predictable and too "safe." Then it went a whole new direction--which surprised me (and I'm still not sure how I feel about it, but it was interesting).
Another review compared it to Game of Thrones, while I see the comparison--mostly due to the multiple first person point of views and the divergent and re-convergent story lines--it has a very different feel. Enjoyable, but without the same sense of gritty "realism" for the characters, except for some distinct segments. There is a similar story arc regarding the diaspora of siblings from a family destroyed by political/military conflict set to a background of layered personal, political, and mythological conflict. There is also a similar "forgotten" history of a dark and mysterious foreign threat looming behind the story-line in the first book--waiting to be developed, I presume, in the following books.
And there are some interesting and some what unique ideas here and some great potential for an intriguing epic story.
In short: I liked it and I'm going on to the next book. It isn't yet one of my favorites, but I could see it becoming one of them if the series continues on its current trajectory.
A fan of epic fantasy...the darker the better!
This series is very original with interesting complex characters. It's always nice to listen to a truly unique series in a genre where cliches are common.
However, the narration is awful! I've listened to many audio books and Dick Hill's narration is one of the worst. He is overly dramatic at times and his style of reading is odd. You can tell when a narrator is familiar with the material and has a true love of the story. That is not the case here. He sounds as if he's reading it for the first time. It took me several tries to get through the first book but I was determined to hear the story. I'm glad I stuck with it for the story alone.