If you like midieval themes, this is one of the best out there. In Patterson's first delve into a quasi-historical fiction, he's done a pretty incredible job. It certainly is better than the Steven R. Lawhead Pendragon series and gets you thinking about the predicament his characters get in. From a historical point of view, it leads the reader through some pretty accurate accountings of landowner abuse of their citizens and what medieval times were like. The plot of one rising as the leader for the benefit of all leaves one, if you have that kind of imagination, cheering in your car seat. I have also read this in hard copy and think that if you are not expecting an Alex Cross novel, like historically based fiction, and can delve into the character development, this one is a barn-burner.
I'm not sure if the positive reviews listened to the same book as I. I went in enthusiastically, but the end couldn't come soon enough. Perhaps the authors couldn't decide between a serious novel or a parody of a serious novel. The author's use of gratuitous violence and rape to create antagonist characters was entirely excessive and unnecessary.
Others who read this told me that they loved it, but it seemed mediocre at best to me. I was interested enough to listen all the way through, but then it usually takes a really bad book for me to put it down once I've started. The concept was interesting, but the story was a little repetitive. The guy just keeps getting into the same sort of peril over and over and uses the same tricks to get out of it more than once. He's also repetitive in his narration, using the same phrases countless times to the point where, given a situation, you could almost guess exactly what he'd have to say about it. I had the distinct impression throughout this book that the authors were writing a treatment for a film and didn't care to write a good novel. Granted, this story would probably be much better as a movie.
There is nothing charming about this tale. The plot was simple, at best. I found it extremely violent and crude for no purpose. James Patterson is a wonderful author. It is commendable that Mr. Patterson wishes to try something new. However, he seems to have taken a wrong turn with this book.
If you like honor, history, and sword swinging action... The Jester comes close. It's questionable as to historical accuracy, but has the basic elements of a Bernard Cornwell 'Sharpe's' series, just not quite as well done. If you've already gone through the Cornwell series, this will do nicely while waiting for another Sharpe.
Poorly written and with the narrator insisting on overacting every line, this book is full of misused words ("Pagan" to describe Muslims for example), unrealistic characters and just very poor writing in general. Characters will be dying of thirst, drinking their own urine, and then inexplicably travel another week with no more mention of water. Every battle includes limbs and heads flying off like tennis balls and the main character has extremely emotional moments roughly every other page.
Just simply awful to try to listen to. Maybe it would be tolerable to read, because it's written for the 6th grade level reader, but listening to it narrated was just impossible.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. needs a script. Um, well no… he’s dead, right? Did anybody tell Patterson and Gross that before they set these ancient chestnuts blazing on an open pyre like Jack Frost stereotyping at his keys. Lookout people it’s… banality hell… HELL, I say, HELL!
These two authors alone are greater than the sum of such collected bromides. And the sum here is less than its armor-clanking parts of very short (yet never ending) Jester-in-distress-cliff-hangers all cobbled into a sappy men-in-tights vapidity that’ll keep you on the very edge of triteness-O.D..
And the reader? I’m uncertain whether Neil Dickson was just flailing about with every Brit accent in his scabbard, or whether the writing was so bombastic to wind him up into sonorous song. Could be he was simply having fun with what might be such an over-the-top silent-movie script that he figured that the words were never really intended to be spoken by anyone so why not lay it on thicker than ham on… Well ham on audible?
If you need to return to those thrilling medieval days when archduke villains were over-the-top-tossing-babies-into-flames evil, and everyone else mind-dumbingly pure maybe you’ll like this thing.
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It didn't buckle my swash... :-)
Excellent listen! A story about love, loss, dedication, and a believable look into what life might look like in medieval times.
Great story of middle ages superhero...only drawback was English accent of reader for story taking place in France. This really did not detract from the story for me though.
Having been a fan of both Patterson and historical fiction, I was eager to give this a read. While it managed to hold my interest, it only barely did so. The story had the two dimensionality of a fairytale. The good guys were absolutely good, the bad guys unbelieveably bad. Except for the constant violence and some sex, I'd recommend this for children. Not a winner.