Fair and Balanced
The finest book I have ever listened to. I enjoyed it so much, after I listened to it on Audible I went out and bought the hard copy just to have in my library. Can't wait for a sequel!!
i am almost finished listening to this wonder. i have cried and laughed out loud. it is clever, witty, and thoroughly entertaining. simon prebble is the best narrator. he is consistent, easy to understand, and uses voices that compliment the characters. i love it!
Stiff prose and a hard to listen to reader make this fantasy chronicle--and that's really what it is--difficult to follow. The "action" isn't, and most of the characters, though well-drawn, don't compel you to either like, dislike, cheer on or boo them. No one could reasonably call this book "Harry Potter for adults" and only a history buff could call it "engrossing". It is pleasant and entertaining but it does not challenge you beyond recalling who is who and what were they doing when the author last mentioned them.
I must say that the main reason I purchased this one was because I had a 20+ hour drive and wanted be be entertained by just one purchase. The reader does a good job of giveing different voices to different charactors which helps as the author goes on many tangents mentioning dozens of charactors, most are not important to the story. I was 2/3 though before I started to grasp who all the charactors are. A great story line that is just stretched out to far from enternaining event to event. This one dragged on and on.
This is a nice book about the oddities of the brit. aristocracy of the time, two of whom practice very boring acts of magic on rare ocasions. I have never taken so long to read a book.
I listened to the whole thing. It is phenomenally well-narrated. However, it does not escape the genre it is part of; no particularly deep understanding of psychology or social interaction is demonstrated and our understanding of the real or unreal world is not expanded. One of the professional reviewers compared its world to that of Tolkein -- not by a longshot; it falls several dimensions short. I found all of the characters eminently forgettable. This would of course be essential reading for those fascinated by the world of magic. I doubt that this will add many converts to the genre.
316 audiobooks in my library and counting. I'm an addict but I'm not sure I'll ever seek help.
I tried... really I did. I tried to like this book, but after about 10 hours, I gave up. The plot moves so slowly. The characters just aren't all that likeable. I like Jonathan Segundus, but he shows up in the first few chapters and no where else. It really reads like a long history textbook that you had to read in 10th grade. No thank you. Find enjoyment elsewhere.
I kept listening to this book after reading the reviews that said to stick with it and that it would get better. This book really didn't grab me and I found myself having to rewind an awful lot as I frequently started daydreaming while listening. I would describe this read as mediocre and mildly entertaining.
I felt the majority of my disappointment came from the story as a whole and that I felt like I never got to the point where I particularly cared about any of the characters or what happened to them. So much happened in the book yet my overall impression was dull.
Hmmmm.....I suppose Vinculous (spelling?)
Many....a point emphasized by the fact that I have a hard time even remembering everything that happened. Probably the whole war aspect.....it didn't really lead to anything.
I feel bad leaving such a negative review but I honestly would not recommend this book. On a positive note the narrator was great!