I purchased this book by accident. I mistook it for another - so the first time I listened to the first few chapters, I was disappointed and put it down. By chance, I was bored one day and started it again - this time, I was involved with it from the beginning. Some things I found very interesting may be commonplace to other readers -it's not my genre. Sometimes the author does throw you back and forth through time, letting you figure out where you are (this is done so that the story flows better - a trade off some may not appreciate). Sometimes the author seems very clever, and other times he misses obvious alternatives - more likely/realistic - outcomes. Sometimes characters "have no choice but to..." or "can think of no further argument against ..." when I can think of four or five things/ways to avoid a bad situation. I understand that authors use occasional character stupidity to advance the story, but I don't like it at all. I like clever characters and more importantly, clever authors.
That being said, I really enjoyed the story. Overall the author is clever, the characters are clever, and their actions are believable/ realistic. I'm easily "hooked" to characters, but even I didn't really become too attached to any one of them. Unlike other readers, I still "cared" about them, but as a family, not individuals. If I had to pick a main character, it would be Hamish Mein, as he seemed to receive more attention than any of the actual main characters. I didn't really care when people died - actually I felt more at the final death in the book than any other - I would have felt more except I don't think the author intended you to feel sympathetic - so the dialog was very flat instead of dramatic.
So I enjoyed the story very much - even if no one character seemed the focus. The narrator was one of the best I've heard and I hope to hear him again in the future. People who value story above all will like this book.
If you want to waste hours listening to a work that devalues honor in its characters, promulgates the fact that everyone is mostly evil, implies that truly evil people can always be justified, and kills off the only admirable characters without compunction, then go for this one. I can just hear the author replying something like, "I wanted to show the reality of the human condition" or something similar. What a waste of a potentially good story line. The narrator is excellent however.
Very enjoyable listen. Great Character development. The author leaves you with a cliff hanger at the end of each chapter wanting more and having to continue to find out what will happen next.
The book held my interest throughout. Each character has his/her own battle to fight whether mental or physical, sometimes both. You can't help but feel sympathetic for the bad guys while waiting for the good guys to get it together. I like all of the characters. I can't wait for the next book.
I am a big fan of fantacy books, like George RR Martin's A Song of Ice & Fire, and Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time and Robin Hobb's Farseer and Live Ships. Acacia: Book one is similar, but overall less complex. I was disapointed with the beginning, and almost stopped reading, but it really picked up within a few hours. The author has created a few new "twists" and I am looking forward to hearing the rest of the series.
This book inspired a large variaty of emotion. The characters were very deep,and the plot was intense. The auther has a way of describing things, that I personally have not seen before. He knows how to get the blood pumping. The plot twists were great, even if some of them pissed me off. The narrator for this one, was a perfect choice. He had a great range and deep voice that that fit the mood of the book exactly.
At first it took a bit to get interested in this book, it just was not working for me. But then, once the different story lines came together, it became very interesting.
The author does a great job of juggling story lines and weaving them together...making the characters and plot come alive.
I look forward to the next book!!
I started listening to books to overcome the boredom of the commute to work. This book brought the boredom back.
I loved the narration but the story line was difficult to follow and the depth of descriptions made me want to hit the fast forward.
The first book I have purchased that I will not finish!