Sci-fi/Fantasy geek :)
Engine problems, because it never got started. Or better yet, barely got started by the end. The overall feel of "didn't go anywhere" of the book applies to the writing all along the way. There is a ton of description about meaningless stuff that doesn't lead anywhere. I really like detailed descriptions if they actually mean something to the characters or storyline, but this writer writes detailed descriptions about meaningless things, then flies through things that should be meaningful. If you like knowing that someone was "walking West along a wall that ran Southeast against the North side of the city perpendicular to the East-West crossing", then this is the book for you. I don't mind this kind of description if it ties into the story, or is going to be a long battle, or has some general purpose, but it didn't.
The narration is almost adequate. Better than just being read to, mostly.
If the whole book were like the last 20%, it would have been much better. There are lots of ways to get to know characters and tell their backstory without having to labor through it.
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.
I enjoyed the story of Paks and the narration but I agree with other reviewers that the writing focused on some of the wrong things.
I would have liked to see more character development for some of the secondary characters; then when it comes time for the 'big' scene where they are in the for front of the story, the reader would have more of an idea who these characters are/were and possibly have more emotions invested.
The majority of the story is told from the viewpoint of the lead character, Paks, but it threw me when all of a sudden the story jumps slightly back in history and is told through the eyes of a previously barely known character for a chapter.
I am currently undecided as to whether I will download Book 2 and 3.
I love everything from an epic fantasy to a book on virology. I listen everyday.
This book is a great listen and you don't want it to be over with. It's got a powerful woman lead which is always nice and I couldn't press pause. I bought all the books in the series and I didn't find any of them weak. I wouldn't have married a pig farmer either
If you liked this I think you should look into the Obsidian Trilogy, by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. Not a female lead, but strong female characters with a longer more drawn out plot and sarcastic unicorns.
I just finished reading all 3 books and I am crazy about the series! One thing that I really appreciated in this book is the friendships within the mercenary troop. The Duke is kind (you will discover why in the 3rd book) and so the troops are very loyal. Paks develops into an amazing fighter due to her drive to practice and improve. This story is full of adventure and fighting to set up the stories that follow in the next 2 books.
Sorry Elizabeth Moon but I could not wait for this story to end. I almost stopped completely several times but forced myself to slog through. It is all about the warfare and not much about the character development. The narrator tries but the story is not well develped. Sorry I cannot give this book a better review.
I will certainly listen to this book and the others of the series. I could hardly wait to see what comes next.
Nothing really happened in the first 3 hours. The narrator was also distracting. She made the main character seem flat and dull. Her voices for other characters were just irritating. I love sci-fi, but there wasn't any here. It was just boring with no real character development. The main character had no redeeming qualities.
No. I have read this series in the past and thought I would like to listen to it. I just found the narration too irritating to listen to. Ever.
Sure. It's not going to change your life but it's a interesting story that was surprisingly easy to listen to. The narrator did a good job with the accents but did not do much in terms of creating good atmosphere for different scenes.
Aurthor gives a loose plot with no real feeling or empathy for her characters. Story is boring and ridiculous!
Reader has trouble pronouncing words and the characters are hard to follow; change in voices poorly delivered.
I could not listen after chapter 6; I think I did well to try for that long :(