I tried, gave it 4 hours.. twice. Just something about listening to someone complain about how boring their life is for 4 hours, makes the story... well, boring!!!!
I listened to this and couldn't get into it, I tried a second time and gave it 4 hours. I can't imagine how this story could get worse. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone at all. I don't understand the 4 star rating because the story just isn't good.
I listened to the whole book and liked the story overall. It was fairly predictable however and seemed more like entry level fantasy. After reading Jordan, Martin and Sanderson this was a little disappointing.
Lackey and Mallory had some good ideas woven into the plot and there was lots of action but I found the inconsistency annoying. For example, in the beginning they say Kellen would get into fights with street kids. Then later when someone grabs his arm he's shocked because he's never been manhandled in his life and it hurt.
I will probably listen to the rest of the series because I don't like leaving a story in the middle. I hope the next two will improve.
This book started out okay. The narrator does alright- not amazing, but alright. The story itself starts out super interesting, but gradually loses its worth.
The book takes such a long time to get to where it's going, that by the time it finally gets there you don't care anymore. I managed to make myself finish this whole thing, hoping it would pay off. I'm still not sure if it did or not. It set up some potentially cool things, so maybe the sequels pay off, but I'm so worn out by the endless repetitiveness of this book that I don't think I can handle any more.
This first book has a dense and satisfying story. Well written so you know that the stories are relevant, each has its own people, tempo and purpose. And as you reach the last "act" all the stories become interwoven as you understand that without the beginnings the end would not have been possible.
I'm starting the next book now!
Pains me to give Susan Erickson (narrator) a bad mark. She wasn't really that bad but the story and character development was so bad! This guy couldn't make up his mind to save his life! He was a huge wimp! 2nd guessing every single emotion or thought that he had AT GREAT LENGTH! This book could have been cut down by over 1/3 and it would not be missed. I listened to the end because it has such a good rating! Who gave it 4 stars? NOT ME!
Bibliovore! I prefer science fiction and fantasy but I can get sucked into teen literature as well as a good mystery.
I have read her books for years. Years! I love this series so far. I am listening my way through book 2. My only complaint is the narrator. She has a slow, meticulous style that made it hard to listen to at first. I felt like leaning in hoping that she wouldn't forget to speak the next word. I actually caught myself holding my breath once. I changed the speed to 1.25X speed and that fixed that. She has enough subtle inflection to distinguish the characters and a wonderfully modulated voice but the speed, oh the speed!
It's not likely to be possible. The plot outline is basically sound in theory, but it is fleshed out in a way that I found impossible to enjoy. The only thing that could work would be a complete rewrite of the text. I couldn't decide what age group and audience the book was intended for. Much of the narrative is simplistic, even cliché, and is in a tone one might expect in a young-adult novel. Other sections are graphically violent or describe torture in a way that seem only appropriate for a book written for mature adults. In addition, the story is padded with a lot of irrelevant and uninteresting information. The magic is also disappointing. Most fantasy novels involving supernatural powers have either a rational quasi-science to them, or an appeal to the mysterious and arcane. In this book, magic is frequently like an inscrutable and annoying genie- the characters just want something done, and it is magically accomplished without any explanation, and the characters are given a cost frequently nonsensical. Just one example I found especially irritating is the morality in the story. For saving his life, the magic demands a character be celibate for a year. Even if we gloss over the annoying lack of exploration into how this is accomplished, or how the characters receive the information about the cost to be paid, there are problems. This exchange (celibacy for being saved) is portrayed as self-evidently guided by some ineffable moral force, the “Wild Magic,” which is always shown to demand things like cleaning a cistern, escorting an old woman to the market, and other cloying helpful acts. The implication is that sex is immoral. This strange reflection of rudimentary Victorian sensibilities in the structure of the fantasy appears is obnoxious. That is merely one problem among many.
Possibly, but only if reviews indicated that it was written well and for adults by reviewers.
I'm not familiar enough with available narrators, but someone experienced in reading books for adults and mature readers. Ericksen reads as though to a child, which would have been appropriate in other circumstances.
Acts of torture are described with a little too much grim enthusiasm. Other than that, no simple scene editing could have done much.
I stopped listening 90% of the way through- an exceptional event for me. I just couldn't take any more. Save yourself the trouble.
More believable consistent world where things are placed because it makes sense. More character depth. Leaving the reader to come to his own moral conclusions. Less handholding and assuming the reader is an idiot that needs to have key facts repeated 27 times before he understands them. Less annoying overemotional narrator.
Placed in a world that lacks sense and seems like someone dumped a monster handbook and a few character cliches upon it.
Rather not, she sounds constantly surprised in a very annoying way.
= Please take a lemon and cut out all the sour parts.
This was the first book in a veeery long time that I gave up on. I was waiting and waiting for things to get better, but after 14 hours I realized it's not gonna happen (it went worse) and I simply gave up. Bad book with annoying narration. I really wonder how this thing got such good reviews.