Paolo Bacigalupi has recently become one of my favorite authors so of course I recommend this book. But I would recommend it for Katherine Kellgren's voice alone.
The Executioness because she was a strong woman who didn't shirk from doing what she felt she had to do to save her family.
Watching the ships sailing away.
Mu favorites are paranormal, supernatural, post-apocalyptic, and horror!
The Alchemist and the Executioner was surprisingly short! (only 5.5 hours). Just as I was really getting into the characters – it ended! Perhaps it would have made more sense to me at the time had I realized that the book contained 2 completely separate stories; NOT meant to come together later on in the novel.
Still, I enjoyed it and began listening all over again right after it ended. The narator, sound effects, and performance were absolutely excellent! The stories were well done as well. My overall score is a solid 3.5 stars. I listened to the authors' discussion of how the stories were written to show how a middle-aged female hero could be developed and executed. On this front, they definately fulfilled their goal.
I love to read. I also love to write.I'm a harsh critic and very, very, very rarely give five star reviews to anything. Three stars for me is an average representation of literature and not a bad review by any stretch.
The Alchemist. This story was well paced and interesting.
When The Alchemist ended I wanted to know what happened next because it was up in the air.
When The Executioness ended I was thanking God it was over.
I thought both did a good job bringing their respective stories to life.
The Alchemist ... Forget The Executioness
The Alchemist was worthy. Nearly four stars.
The Executioness was a waste of my time. Just two stars.
Sure, if it was available cheaply. It's entertaining enough, and the plot moves along at a quick, easy pace, but listening to it felt like watching a decent miniseries on TV. It was reasonably enjoyable, but not especially memorable after it was finished.
The narration is a selling point. Both readers bring marvelous passion, engagement, and characterization to the production. Absolutely top notch. Even when the plot dragged, I still loved listening to the narrators.
Where is the rest of it? What happened next. It was great to listen too. The narrators are wonderful but it was way too short. Left me feeling like the story wasn't over.
...you won't necessarily love this one. I am not usually one for collaborations, but this one was alright. Being a huge fan of Bacigalupi, though, I would say it is a must have.
The female narrator is absolutely wonderful. The story is clever, but it ended without any real resolution. Definitely looking forward to the next installment (there is one, right?)
The Alchemist lacks stakes, but The Executioness is a nice variation on a standard fantasy plot. These would perhaps be better in a larger compilation of novellas all set in the same world.
It wasn't the most in depth of stories, but it was an interesting construct of how the two tales came together. I was drawn in for both and it is definitely worth a download.
I opted to spend the $5 rather than a credit.
Narrators were good, even if they overdid it at times.
I'd never read or listened to anything by these authors and wasn't sure what to expect. The Alchemist was a good enough story, rather forgettable tho, but the Executioness was fantastic! The narrator had a lot to do with this, she was fantastic and I hope to hear more of her in the future. The story was more interesting - at least to me - as well and I think would expand into a much larger stand-alone book quite easily.