Yes, it is quite deep and merits another read/listen after completing the series
Severian. He is the main character in this first person narrative. Although, you can't always trust his descriptions...
Only to bits of it to review before the next book, but that said, I always want a new book as there are so many waiting to be read/listened to.
Yes. Am already into book 2. There are some signalling of what is about to happen but there are enough surprises to keep interest and he draws sympathetic characters.
That would be a spoiler alert.
Nicely paced reading.
I just couldn't find anything to really get interested in.
I really wanted to listen to this book. I liked the reviews and was excited to get started. It was so slow and I couldn't connect to any of the characters, but I kep trying. I finally just gave up. It's probably someone's cup of tea - it just wasn't mine.
It may not be for everyone, this five book series is amazing. Wolfe is an expert storyteller, philosopher, and his books are challenging in ways few other authors dare.
I highly recommend this for any lover of sci-fi or fantasy. I will be rereading these books again and again for the rest of my life--- each time discovering new secrets and enjoying it more than the last time.
This audio version is expertly performed. I only hope that they add the codex "Urth of the New Sun" using the same narrator.
When Severian meets Thecla for the first time.
Expert voice acting. He brings the characters to life.
A Torturer with compassion.
If the author had focused on the development of characters and flow of the story. It feels to much like an intellectual exercise and each time you get drawn into the story it descends into self-indulgence
This is the first audiobook written by Gene Wolfe that I have listened to. I read a comment rating it as one of the best fantasy novels of all time, right after The Lord of the Rings, and so I had to listen to it. I thought the narrator was great. I actually thought the writing was very good as well. I guess I am just one of those listeners who buys a book to be entertained with a good story. This book did not have one. I felt that it was 12 hours of prologue, with no real story ever developing. Frankly, I was bored. I assume that by the end of the book, we have met all of the primary supporting cast that will carry on into the next book. Hopefully, they will do something interesting. Unfortunately, I don't want to waste a credit to find out.
Me thinks the Author doth digress too much.
Good story at the core and I like the way the world unfolded.
If this book had only ended after the first part, it would have been an instant favorite of mine in this genre. After a great beginning, the second half of the story turned into a total grind. I was happy to reach its end. Narration and production were both great.
Written in the passive voice, read in the passive voice, the writer never lets the reader forget the premise that this book is a narrative supposedly written by the main character years after the events being described. He apologizes for various side-tracks, and describes future events that "the reader is already no doubt aware of" - which, of course, the reader hasn't the slightest clue about. This robs the book of the power to make the reader gasp and fear for the life of the main character, as, of course, he has clearly survived. Additionally, into this admittedly otherwise-rich world building, clear references to technology and history that seems to hint that this world is merely a decayed and fallen earth are constant jarring-notes. I couldn't lose myself in the fantasy, because this tentative probing at both science-fiction and steam-punk constantly intruded, without having the decency to become either.
Yes, there are curiosities, loose ends, that I would like to see wrapped up. Who is Vodalus? What makes him so bloody important? Who is Dorcas, and where did she come from? What the heck is so important about Sevarian's being a torturer - since for all the importance the author gives it, the main character could have been a member of any guild that did work found distasteful by others. Will I waste more credits on the rest of the tetralogy to find out?
like the dramatic stuff, but audiobooks are best for when one is in the car or other noisy places, and this narration was often too quiet to hear, necessitating frequent changes in volume or earsplitting sections after trying to hear a quiet bit. story was excellent however.