pros and cons
but entertaining. It's worth the listen, but don't expect greatness. The book drags in places, but one gets the sense that the next installment will be really fun.
i loved the premise of this book, warlocks vs uber men in WW2. Really original and unusual. however, i am mystified by the incomprehensible decision to have an american narrate the story. Mr Pariseau CANNOT do any sort of British accent! his upper class toff, cockney, and home counties accents all sound like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins. Absolutely terrible. As for his Scottish accent, oh my god!
this really spoiled the quality of the book. The author's work has been completely traduced by this terrible, terrible narration. it looks as if there will be more books in the series. the publishers need to get someone else to read them, such as Sean Barrett. then it would be worth listening to.
despite really enjoying the story i am not sure i could tolerate listening to this narrator again. were it not for the poor narration i would give this 5 stars
An interesting story, but the narrators laughably bad German accents draw the attentions away from the story and characters. However, I won't lay the blame for this on Kevin Pariseau, who's reading is fine when not doing the accents. The problem is with the producer who should has recognized this problem and directed the talent to tone it down. Might have to recommend that you buy the book and read it instead of listening to it.
This book is disturbing, and incomplete. I get that it is supposed to be a series, but it should at least offer a full story. And the unnecessary brutality toward children and human kind in general is simply disturbing.
Ian Tregillis re-imagines World War II with warlocks and super-science. It sounds very fanciful, but he does it with subtlety and works it into history. This book wasn't completely what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it. I was expecting a bit more action, but when the action happens it is usually intense. When I was finished I went and purchased the next book in the series, The Coldest War. Recommended!
Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.
This book is an exciting read. It is well thought out and well performed. I wish it had been more believable.
Dr. Jim Fox -- Former College Professor and Mental Health Therapist
This is supposed to be a Sci-Fi Alternate history book. While I'll admit it was cleaver and intriguing in places, it also was vastly unsatisfying. In the end, there are no heros, protagonists, antagonists, etc. Friends ripped apart. They are not sure why -- and the war in Europe ends before Pearl Harbor thanks to the Soviet Army (which at that time was a rag tag group).
The Warlocks of Britain control much of the war. The Battle of Britain goes the other way due to a well-guarded freak human Science Experiment.
The Warlocks' power is based on Human Blood Sacrifices. Very unsettling to me. There is lots of German in the book which you can figure out from the context. Sometimes it is translated and other times it is not. No rhyme or reason I could discern.
I felt very unsatisfied with the book. I do not mind strange or twisting endings -- I did not like the bizarre.
Life's too short to read bad books.
His accents were wonderful and spot on!
Why did the Germans get the supes and the English got the demon summoners? Even though I listened to this nearly constantly, it was more for the narration and to see what they would consider "super" and "magic". Also the narrator kept me engaged, because he was so good with changing accents.
No, but it's not inferior either. The perfomance is good, voices clear but restrained.It's an American doing British accents for the most part.
This was new and novel for me, I bought it after reading the good reviews. I wasn't dissapointed. Such an interesting idea, so many different aspects going on here; alternate histories, superhuman powers, old world magic, universal beings and nazis but it all hangs together very well. Truely unique in my opinion. Great find.
Yes, Nazis and Warlocks. Competent prose coupled with good narration.
The crows in the interludes. Portraying the progress of the war from the point of view of carrion birds was a neat idea and was well executed.
The attack on the farmhouse by British forces.
Thankfully not as I listen while driving.