The story was interesting, with well developed characters that were a lot of fun. It jumped between timelines from past to explain present happenings and maybe it works better in a novelization, but hearing it I got frustrated. Also there were so many plot points that were explained so in detail it was hard to keep track and I realize that they may come up in other novels but there's a character who's made out to be so important and she doesn't even show up in this book.
I might continue the series when there are more than the next two available.
He gave great voices to the characters! The characters play other characters and his ability to convey that Locke was being Lucas was exceptional.
Maybe not worth the listening time. I didn't really get into it until between hours 7-2 so that's 3/4 of my time thinking it was mostly eh?
Audiobooks are my workaround to the pesky laws forbidding reading while driving. And I'm pretty sure my dog likes them too.
It's hard to call this sci-fi/fantasy. Sure, a lot of the familiar elements of the classic swords and sorcery stories are there. But this is so, so much more. It is a clever drama with rogue characters who endear themselves to the reader immediately. This is brilliantly written - and the cons are as intriguing as they are entertaining. I enjoyed the twists and turns and surprises as the story unfolded. I enjoyed the interludes (and intersects in later novels). I reveled in the way that Lynch built the tale out of small building blocks - a technique he applies throughout the subsequent novels, rewarding the reader for sticking with the characters and unveiling little secrets and mysteries as the tale is woven.
Some of the character development reminded me of Dodger by Terry Pratchett. But without the "young adult" gentleness that Pratchett used (and naturally without any of the "historical fiction" aspect). But the characters are just as smartly written and at least as likable.
The writing is gritty, unforgiving, and makes no apologies for cursing and crudeness. It is reminiscent of Joe Abercrombie without being as self-indulgent. The irreverence always served a purpose and never came across as excessive or unnecessary. The characters have all been written with a sharp, cynical sense of humor that makes the choice of language simply fit.
The narration is wonderful - though there is occasional overlap in the voices used and I found that if I didn't listen closely I sometimes lost track. Lynch writes cleverly, respecting the intelligence of his readers, so there isn't a lot of "Locke said; Jean said; etc." He assumes the reader can follow the conversations and dialogue based solely on the reader's knowledge of the characters. And he writes perfectly for it. But as an audiobook, it requires a little bit more of an attention span than many other novels.
I wish I could read this book for the first time again. It was rewarding and enriching and truly, brilliantly entertaining.
A good story if a bit slow at first. Some fantastically funny moments and very cleverly woven story. Father Chains is a character for the ages with narration to match.
Started a little slow building the plot. Had some great plot twists. End was predicable. But I throughly enjoyed it and look forward to part 2.
SEVERELY DYSLEXIC. When I was young my mom would read to me of a world that was just out of my reach. thank you Mom, the Authors and Audible
The year of 2014 and spent $650 with Adible... you could say i love Audible. What a great find. well well worth every min in all three books with one more on it's way in 2015.
Thoroughly enjoyable caper heist. I love the way it weaves the past and the present together to tell the story.
Michael Page blew me away on this one, he's a spectacular narrator. The story is a fun romp, ocean's 11 style. The stellar narration makes this better than reading the book (which I did many months ago.) so glad I decided to get the audiobook and retread this tale!