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This book is not awful, not bad, but certainly not good - it's a stewpot. The author repeats himself a lot and uses the same analogies over and over. "like the "his tongue was too big for his mouth"... or "he had the same thought than his twin".. I got it after the first two times... twins tend to think alike. The author was influenced by Lord of the Rings and other mystical book one might have read. Not much originality, if you ask me.
I bought this book because it was on sale, I would NEVER spend a full credit or anything over $8.00 on any of the sequels. The narrator did a good job.
I will leave the problems with character development to other reviewers. The book reads like a first draft, cynically published in this unpolished form with badly conceived main characters (the twins) to sell to the huge YA market.
The writer could not bother to keep track of his own writing. Redundant vocabulary is common. He uses the word "countless" several times in a short passage, his favorite lazy word for great quantity. He often employs "countless" for things readily counted (the number of gargoyles on Notre Dame, for example).
Even a magical otherworld must have some internal logic, but the author has lazy inconsistencies. Such as the description of Yggdrassil, when we are first introduced to the world tree, compared to what happens to it later, indicating an absurd change in size.
I hope the author uses a thesaurus, and a good editor, in the future.
There was too much coolness ( this book explains everything) . Vampires, old gods, historical figures, there was just too much. Once the Irish lady said she fought with Joan or Arch and she was a Vampire, I stopped reading.If you like that sort of thing this is the book for you it was not for me.
I suppose teens might like this, though expect they'd enjoy it more in a movie, to better experience the pyrotechnics and special effects. That's really all there was to it. I guess I liked Denis O'Hare's voice in the sample, and had just finished a couple of really good books featuring twins and history-based witchcraft and mythology tales. This is nothing like those. I'm embarrassed that I actually bought this, but felt it would be a public service to strongly caution other mature adults against making the same mistake.
I was intrigued by the concept of the book and it's "is it fiction or not?" inspiring premise. I don't mind reading young adult fiction, in fact, some YA titles have been some of my favorite reads. When I finally became a reader I learned quickly that just because a book falls into the YA category doesn't mean it can't have depth and be entertaining. But this book's pacing was sooooo painfully slow I couldn't even finish it.
The writer kept having the characters go over the same plot points as a means of underscoring how amazing and fantastic the experience was. "Flamel is immortal?! But that means he must have met people..*gasp*... from history!!!" I get that characters are supposed to be stunned or experience disbelief in a sci-fi/fantasy setting, but once they've agreed to go on the adventure surely their must be more interesting things to talk about than the same shocking disbelief over and over.
The characters were flat and two dimensional and when they were put in danger, I found myself not really caring if the bad guys won or not. There was no sense or scope of tension for me as a reader to care if anyone was hurt or if the day was saved.
The narrator did a fine job. Nothing exceptionally good or bad about that aspect of the listen. I just don't think he had much to work with.
Becoming more familiar with the characters, making them more believable. Maybe a different age group.
The constant use of Nicholas Flamel. Almost every time he is mentioned, his full name is used. Its impersonal. I found myself unable to connect with the character. Also the constant reminder that the twins were twins. It does seem to be an important aspect to the story but its mentioned too often, especially between the twins themselves.
I have not listened to any other performances.
I found myself constantly disappointed.
I am a person that tries and get through 1 book a week if possible. I am Dyslexic so this is really the only way I can get through a book. I have listened to more book in a year than I read my first 20 years of my life. I found the joy of audio books in the early 2000 and have been a audible customer since 2000 or 2001. I have over 490 books in 2 different accounts and listened to 90%.
Not in my top ten but I will finish the series. Great way to look at magic in a modern world.
I am always a sucker for the good guys and this book is no different. Also already tired of the boys complaining
The book of Abraham
It is supposed to be a book for teen, but the main character are terrible role model for teen. If you are in trouble run to your suppose friend than abandon them to their death while you run with your tail between your legs.
Characters that behave dismally, I root for the antagonist and want the protagonist to be killed off. The main characters have no personal character at all.
Great performance wasted on this book.
I would cut out the main four characters and replace them with other that are more likable.
The book could be so much better if the protagonist have a redeeming character. I would not recommend this book to my worse enemy.
Books are where I can clear my head and fall into another world for a short while.
Great plot with lots to look forward to in the future books. There are many characters to remember throughout this story. I enjoyed the mix of history, mythology, and current times all rolled into one.
A stunning story, packed full of twists and turns to constantly keep you on your feet. Though the beginning was quite slow and I didn't completely understand anything that was happening until about half an hour in, I was still loving every moment of it! Endless references to every mythology makes this story even more endearing to the average young historian or general lover of gods and goddesses. If you love Percy Jackson, you will adore The Alchemyst!