My favorite books are when rational characters are put into an interesting world and let go. Favorite narrators: Bronson Pinchot, Tim Curry
This book is more or less the 2nd half of Lirael and does a nice job wrapping up the trilogy. I think the two combined were just a shade below the quality of Sabriel, if only because they didn't push the envelope all that much. We got to learn more about the history & magic of the Old Kingdom, and we definitely got a deeper view into the characters, but the high-level plot structure was basically the same as in the first book.
But "Just a shade below" Sabriel still equals 5 stars in my book. I would happily listen to anything with this author/narrator combination. The goal is to be entertained, and that I was, most definitely!
Brought me to tears so many times. A wonderfully fitting end to the series. Sam and Lirael grew and changed and progressed so much...it's hard to describe. Young Adult literature my ass. This book is beautifully and my adult self loved every second of it. Tim Curry narrating is a joy.
Very intense through the whole book! Fitting ending but it's always hard to be done with a good story. I would highly recommend the whole series to those who likes fantasy &/or Neil Gaiman. Who you can start next, if you are not sure where to go next.
Yes, I would recommend the whole series. It was a little dark so I would not recommend it for very young listeners, but for adults who enjoy fantasy, it's a definite yes. Tim Curry is one of the finest narrators I've ever listened to and I've listened to a lot of audio books. The only downside to the series, and the reason I did not give it five stars, is that the author seems to be a bit of a sexist. Every second scene has the female leading characters either wiping away a tear, having tears roll down their cheeks, or their eyes filling with tears. Really? It's 2016, can we finally allow women be strong characters without constantly demeaning them by having them burst into tears in every second scene?
Strong female characters (except for all the tears that the male characters never seem to be afflicted with). Mind you, from the other perspective, the male characters seem to have weaknesses that require them to be rescued by the female lead characters time after time.
Leave out the tears and it's a pretty darn good tale.
I absolutely loved this book. I've read it a few times and each time it seemed to get better. Listening to it was just as amazing. I wish Tim Curry was still able to do voice work. Every book book I've listened to from him has been amazing. I suppose it didn't hurt this time that Garth Nix is my favorite author. .
The narrator is horrible. one of the most annoying voices I have ever heard. think Nigel Thornberry meets stuck up British noble, with his nose plugged.