I was completely spellbound by this book so much so that I managed to finish listening to it in just a few days yet I was still shocked to have it come to an end. I was so entranced and engulfed into the story that when it ended I felt as though I lost something special to me. The story is amazing and the performance of the the narrators was spectacular. I am glad this is only book 1 of 14 and that I can journey back and continue on in this fantastic world full of fanciful creatures and epic adventures.
I love these longer books that allow you to be immersed in the story when they can keep moving and interesting. he does a great job. the narrator becomes critical as well in those or your mind can wander to. another great jom by them as well. so excited to have found this. you will enjoy
I had just finished book 5 of a song of ice and fire so maybe it was just a tough act to follow but I found the characters to be a bit boring and predictable. But take that with a grain of salt as I'm not a fan of the genre, really.
Great series. Great author. Fantastic reading. It is read so close, all be it better phonics, to what I had in my head. I was only let down when my imagination clashed with reality.
My friends have raved about this series for years, but I've always been leery of it. I don't tend to enjoy long serial novels. They seem to lose their way or be overcome by threat inflation over time. Still, I decided to take a chance on this one. Overall I was pleased. It's a narrative in Tolkien's vein, which means detailed description, well developed world concept and long wordy prose. It does suffer in a few spots though, most notably in its ending which was almost farcically abrupt given the build up. Also, despite the length, there's not much depth to the characterization. Characters don't change much. The villain is completely one dimensional and uninteresting, full of cliché pronouncements. The choice of switching voice actors on and off is jarring and unnecessary. I like both actors, but their pronunciation and rhythm differs to such and extent that it takes you out of the story. All these negative points aside, the text held my attention well and carried me along. I was interested in seeing more of this world and in the fates and thoughts of the characters. My biggest gripe maybe that so little of that was revealed, despite the length of the text. I will definitely pick up the second volume though.
Amazing story great characters. This book should be required reading in school.
Looking forward to listening to the rest of the series again.
"Well written, long read, novel ideas interacting organically with with more traditional fantasy concepts."
Well written, long read, novel ideas interacting organically with with more traditional fantasy concepts.
Also, to Amazon who requires at least 14 words in a review, to quote many a ZORK player, "screw the you."