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At first, I hated his book. I am not a stupid person, but the terminology used left me feeling confused and idiotic. I tried to return the book, but the site had an error. I decided to continue and I am glad that I did. Once I began ignoring his odd use of calendar and time terms it got a lot easier to follow. (Ex: half glass = half an hour) As the book continued, I got very involved in the plot and began to attach to the characters. If you have the will and determination to overlook the first two chapters and allow your mind to "skim" as it is read - the rest of the story is brilliant. If you love magic, science fiction, and the like - you will love this story. I look forward to hunting for more from this author.
71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.
I'm going to be short and not so sweet - I love good sci-fi and I'm not averse to YA tales. Some are really great. However I wanted to tell the author to Just Tell The Story. The premise looked interesting but I couldn't wade through the endless introductions of characters, locations and situations. My impatience, I guess, but there are too many enjoyable books in the world to take my time with one that hasn't gotten to the "good stuff" within the first 2 hours.
As always L.E.Modesitt Jr. writes an interesting plot. The politics are very intriguing. Keeps you on your toes all the time.
The courage of the hero. His handling of problems and the heartaches and troubles his family and loved ones faced were truly terrible indeed.
William Dufri's performance was very good indeed.
When his brother was killed, that was sad. I also like his growing romance.
I like the first book so much that I purchased books two and three. Very worth reading.
Was ok, narrator poor, espessially voice acting.
I'd buy more books, yes. The author is somewhat inconsistent in quality though (for sci-fi and fantasy)
Don't know about names, buit someone who doesn't read too much into the characters and situations they are in. The narration frankly irritated me with this book.
No Explosions, well some but it is not an action filled stpory with constant twists and turns but a well written tale of an unusual person who discovers their power and abilities in a time when they are needed. More along the lines, where a world is created whilst a story is told; whilst you seem to be a part of the story.
Brilliant, i will be a fan of the series and author!
I am a over the road truck driver for the past several years. Which gives me a lot of time to listen to audio books.
L E Modesitt himself admits if you want action on every page he is not the author for you. The beginning of the first book takes for ever to get to any of the "good stuff" But the Characters are very well developed and the world is great. A very different and unique approach to a world that has magic in it. If you have patience this gets very entertaining. The second and third books are more "action packed" But the politics towards the end gets a bit drawn out. That is just how Modessitt is however. He likes deep rich worlds and it is not just about power and zaping things with spells. William Dufris reads it well but like others have said. Most of the others talk to the hero in a condescending tone. This makes sense in the beginning when hes just finding out and learning whats going on. But the tone seems to carry thru even when he evolves.
It was a exercise in tedium. The ridiculous amount of 'lessons' made me want to stick my head in the oven. My actual school work was a lot more entertaining than this book.
The narration was cheesy and his performance would be better in the recreation center community theater.
A far better book about a student of magic is: The name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.
Young self made business man with plenty of time on the road to enjoy the world of audiobooks.
was so disappointed listen to part 1 and 2 just waiting for the dialogue to end and the story to begin but there is so much political stuff going on Im not sure what the author was thinking I'm mean his character has the ability to imagine anything into existence yet he spends more time telling us about the economy and political process of the town.
Narrator has good voice and your able to distinguish between characters.
It’s a shame this book wasn’t better than it was because the author has obviously put some time into creating a new and interesting world. There are plenty of new words, lands and concept as well as a fully worked out society with all of its professional and social classes. However, I miss having a nice visceral response to the world and the characters and this is ironic considering the amount of detail that is included. We are constantly being informed as to what clothing is being worn and what characters are eating (to the nth detail I mean). In fact, many times I found myself wanting more action and suspense and much less mundane and what really are trivial details. Also, with a much detail that was included, there was very little said about the causes and inner workings of the “imagining” phenomena. This comes after having finished the Harry Dresden series where magic is very well explained.
One point is for certain. The narrator/performer was very poor in my opinion. He is very limited in the number of voices he has available and those he does have become nearly unbearable with time. Whether it is his drunken John Wayne voice, his drunken Elvis voice or, worse of all, his Napoleon Dynamite voice I found myself very close to turning the book off despite the credit I spent on it. Maybe if the dialogue was more organic and real sounding (not one swear work, not even in the story’s lexicon) and maybe if there was a different narrator I would have enjoyed this one much more. I do not plan on continuing the series.
Love Orson Scott Card, Stephen King, C.S. Friedman and Sanderson. Also especially like Clive Barker and am trying to get into the Foundation
Yes, it is a good storyline even for all the wasted time on what the main character is eating or how many times he describes the door knocker at his betrothed home.
The idea behind imaging and how it is tolerated and yet not seemingly exploited.
Dufris is passable. He does a terrible job at women, tries to make them all sultry sounding and really cannot do young people very well. His main character comes across more arrogant than I believe the author intended and had I not actually read this book first I would not have known that.
Great series but Modesitt should spend less time on what is on the table at dinner time or what type of wine Rhen is ordering and more time in developing the endings which in my opinion have been rushed considering the build up.