I like the audio better because the monsters and action tend to be seen through hearing and not through written text. It works better because the narrator seems to have the author's sense down pat.
Just a good narration
The story while enjoyable it is not a complete book. I'm disappointed. It seems as if the author took a complete book, ripped in half, and published the first half. It would have been better had the story been published with a beginning, a middle, and an end with a prelude to the next novel. But, this book is simply cut short.
**Some minor plot details below...** Characters that weren't stupid; particularly the boy twin, Josh. It actually got to the point where he annoyed me. His complete mistrust for Flamel with no real basis. Umm, Nick has told you several times that now you can't go back to your real life and you will be safer if you have magic powers so why do you hate him for trying to help you? Why do you try to escape and go home when it's quite clear that you will die without their help?
Other reviewers have made similar comments that the twins are "dense" and their disbelief in all of the magic gets old after 3 or 4 or 10 times.
It also bothered me that Flamel wouldn't tell the twins the whole story. He'd be much more likely to have their full cooperation if he'd informed them what he intended for them. I get that he's supposed to be flawed, but perhaps he could have done more to earn the twins trust.
I don't know. There were points where I felt that maybe the book seemed so boring because of the narration. It was rather unenthusiastic. Just following this I read a book narrated by Lauren Fortgang and the narration was stunning. It made me realize that it's quite possible that Dennis O'Hare's narration had some effect on my affection for this book.
Annoyance at the characters' stupidity and the constant running from doom, even at the end of the book they don't get a break from the running; anger at the destruction of important mythical/historical landmarks (I read a synopsis of the 3rd book and learned that Paris had been destroyed in the second. What?!?!?!); disappointment that it was not more exciting or interesting and that the characters were so dumb.
When purchasing the book I checked out the overall star rating and not the reviews. It received 4 stars and generally I love YA books so I figured it would be a good fit. Perhaps I should have read some of the reviews because then I would have learned about the lacking plot and dim characters. Lesson learned: the overall star rating can be misleading.
story was flat, and characters lacked substance. The premise was so broad and oversimplified that I could not suspend disbelief long enough to care. The realm and characters tried to be to much.
He did what he could with the material at hand. Not a bad actor, wouldn't mind hearing him read a good book.
Cut the vegetarian vampire warrior elf princess schtick. That character alone sums up the entire problem with the story, everything trying to be everything.
A fantasy adventure needs a little more substance than 'Everything mythological is real' it is too convenient and a bit stupid.
I love to be scared, does anyone write anything scary anymore? Maybe I have just become numb.
The story line is realy great, and the narator is great
I wouldn't be so corny in calling the elders and the second generation vampires that are not really vampires.
No I have'nt, but he is good
No, not really
I realize that you would want to capitalize on what is hot. But vampires and vampires and no actual vampire in sight. I know, they explain what a vampire is in the book, yea yea, whatever. If your'e going to make stuff up, make it up all the way. All authors that write vampire stories should read Bram Stokers Dracula and Stephen Kings Salems Lot. Stick with a traditional vampire and if you feel the need to make something else up, by all means, do so, but give it a different name. Current authors have given vampires such a broad scope, next they will be saying "see that wall over there, its a vampire!!
But the book is a good read.
the story is very fast paced. I imagine that had I read it myself I would have been done in less than a day.
Entertaining, creative, and enchanting
I can't wait to listen or read the rest of this exciting series :)
When I purchased this book, I didn't realize it was the first in a series. The story is engaging at the beginning and was hard to put down with the "how do they get out of this situation?" questions I always had. I just finished the third book in the series and through all three books, it was a breathless breakneck pace of getting out of impossible situations. I actually got bored and sarcastic by the end of the second book, wondering what miracle would save them from doom just one more time. I knew that certain characters would not die, and I knew that it would be some impossible-to-predict miraculous savior or just discovered talent that would come at the very moment before death. Come on!
On top of this, the story did not follow through on its own foundations. There are inconsistencies everywhere, both with how a character might act or what their talents are or how their magical talents work. It simply didn't make sense, or follow from point A to point B in a logical fashion. After the first couple of chapters and before I became cynical, I felt that Michael Scott was definitely lacking a good editor in word choice and writing style. That became more and more obvious as I went on.
It was fun to have historical characters from all periods of history appear together at the same time, that was the hook that kept me going for awhile. But in the end, I felt that they were not given due credit, and there were way too many characters for the author to keep track of and make sure that he was consistent with their personalities and capabilities.
The good vs. evil was too simplistic as well. Characters were either good or bad. The bad ones stunk (literally) and the good ones smelled nice. I'm trying not to laugh as I write this, it was so elementary.
I stopped reading after the third book. I think there are three more in the series, but the thought of wasting more of my time with this series was more than I could bear. I found a synopsis online for the last book, which showed me that one of the battles in the third book was still going on in the last! That was enough for me. Not well written, and too dependent on impossible battles with miracles, ad nauseum.
No.. had some inreresting concepts but gell flat, characters did not develop well. Felt like a chore to finish hoping the ending would leave me curious about the next boook, bot it did not.
Maybe another narator.
While this is a series not related to Harry Potter, the history with in the story and the fantasy is fun and creative.