I wanted to love this book and ended up just barely liking it. It was slow enough in places that I almost stopped listening to it, which is something I almost never do. And trust me, I don't shy away from a long story with plentiful exposition. The best explanation I can come to for my indifference to the plot is that I did not develop much interest in any of the characters. The book didn't give me enough reason to really care about them. The story is well laid out with traditional fantasy marks hit: kingdoms at stake, rebellion, unlikely heroes, etc. It simply didn't resonate much with me. I was underwhelmed in the end. I recognize that this is a masterfully written story by a prolific author. It is worth any reader's time. However, I won't be going back for seconds.
The performer manages to sing for the characters and doesn't make it sound corny. He actually sings beautifully and carries a melody with ease. In addition, it's easy to know which character is speaking because of his voice acting range. Also the story is great, just as good as Tigana if not better.
I haven't read the print version so I can't comment.
The tension between the 2 dukes of Arbonne is well developed. The moment when one breaks from the council and refuses to fight is very well written and very believable.
Blaze is the main character and comes across the clearest. His internal struggles are depicted very well and his transition from mercenary to political player is gradual and believable.
Blaze's raid on the Holy Island where he encounters the high priestess is very good. The tension is sharp and real and the confrontation is intriguing and surprising.
I enjoyed the book quite a bit. The evil characters were a bit 2-dimensional but it didn't distract from the story. The plot moved things along very quickly and the story was very compelling. There were times when I couldn't stop listening!
I love Guy G. Kay's lyrical prose, and all of his plots and characters. This is a lovely performance. I was wary at first when I found the reader actually sang the songs, but the tunes fit the feel of this book beautifully.
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Classic Guy Gavriel Kay - war and love, god and goddess, fathers and sons, the world pivots on heartbreak and redemption. The music is a lovely addition. Yum.
I'm a big fan of the book, but Morton's reading didn't work for me at all. His voices tend to sound similar to one another, and when he tries hard to differentiate them, they sound forced. I will give him credit for bringing the music to life - it's a key plot point in the book and he clearly worked at it. Perhaps it would require a cast rather than a single reader to really do this book justice.
This audiobook is probably more for those into character development than action. I bought this because I'm a fan of Euan Morton's narration, and that is the best part of this audiobook to me. Morton again is a marvel and who knew, he can even sing!
Probably not. I found the opening scene disgusting - like they were trying to pack as much repulsive stuff into one scene and one person as possible for the shock value. I read plenty of fantasy w/tough scenes but this struck me as gratuitous. And something about the repackaging of the male dominated world abusing women, in this instance, was annoying.
A British accent
I've read better.
It's not terrible, but it's not riveting. Although it's a bit verbose. Get through the first third and the pace picks up while the story grows more cohesive.
I have listened to this book painfully for 3 and half hours trying to give it a chance. During that time I can't tell you who the main characters are or what the story is about. So far the book has gone in so many directions its like going in circles with new/more characters at every turn. Sorry but this is over written and says little.