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."
this is a great series with depth in Wonderland so many different people play such unique and diverse roles no one person or sex has any more favors in the story then another for they all intermingle together
I have read this series multiple times and listened to the series even more. This is the beginning of an amazing journey. It I great stress relief to get lost in these amazing characters. My daughter was a bit too young to read these books when we started listening, but because of them, she has fallen in love with reading. Now she reads them whenever she as a chance.
I love the characters. That is what kept me coming back... they become old friends after a few books.
They are both amazing. Because of these books I have looked up others narrated by them.
Even though it is fantasy, I was able to relate from the beginning. Growing up in a small town then going out to experience the world is disconcerting enough.... this story has the added evil element. It certainly leaves real life looking much easier.
I began this journey when I was confined to bed in a hospital pregnant with my daughter. I was 35 and that was near enough 12 years ago. Trust me when I say you are never too old to appreciate these writings.
Great epic fantasy
Perrin- I read this book the first time when I was 12. I was and am (at 35) perrin
Bland, Stiff, ehh
Pronunciation of words differed from narrator to narrator. The music over the end of the book was EXTREMELY annoying and irritating.If a book and a narrator are not enough to create an enjoyable experience then someone has missed the mark. Please don't ruin the end of a story with overpowering music. Audible- keep up the great work and get some David Gemmell books on here ASAP :)
I have loved this series for over 15 years now, reading and rereading all the books. I love that it is an audio book now. I didn't understand the switching off between the male versus female narrator, didn't make much sense to me. The male narrator was excellent in his inflections and interpretations of the characters voices. I felt like I was in the book with the characters!
I would recommend this to anyone that is looking for a new series to read!!