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
Frankly I would have to, there are so many aspects of this story, so many minute details that later come back to haunt you that re-listening to this book would be quite enjoyable. Not to mention the fact that story, reading and flow are all brilliant.
It's the pace, the mood and the accents. He has a good voice for action, intrigue, but also intimate moments.
We'll meet again, I know where, I know when. It's a tiny play on a song that is mentioned in the book. Incidentally I would also have that as the theme song for the trailer. Vera Lynn "We'll meet again".Incidentally I doubt this book could be made justice in a movie, It would on the other hand lend itself perfectly to the mini series format. There are just so many little facets that don't seem all that important at the time, that turn out to be crucial to the plot later.
As for the book and the story itself. It is simply breath taking, it has been years since I've had to stop an audiobook just to give myself the moment needed to gather my wits after the author simply turns my view of everything upside down in the most marvelous way I've experienced.
The Character's themselves are magnificent, human, brittle broken things, but still larger than life heroes doing their utmost to save what they believe in the most. This book and the one that comes after it are by far the best thing I've listened too / read in years. The integrate weave of plots that the author, and the characters weave around and through themselves will cause you to break out in shouts of horror, apprehension, delight and excitement all at the same time.
Truely Breathtaking work.
I have to save my sensitive eyes for thesis-writing, so audiobooks are how I keep up with my favourite authors and have fun.
I can't wait for the sequels! Great story, great characters, and well-performed. It held my attention from start to finish - couldn't put it down! Intellectual, fantastical, and rich.
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Great story marred by bad dialogue and mediocre characterization. If this author was more adapt at creating believable characters and with dialogue to go along with it, this book would have easily be 5 stars. Don't get me wrong, the dialogue is not the worst I've ever read, nor are the characters, they are just a week point to such a degree that is is very noticeable when compared to the rest of the complete package.
I would assume the writer will only get better since this is a first book, and I plan on reading the next one.
This historical fantasy takes place during World War 2, with a mystical twist. Tregellis doesn't pull any punches, taking the book and many of its characters to dark places. The war is horrible and we find that even good people can do horrible things amidst so much suffering. I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
THERE WAS NOTHING AT ALL BETWEEN HIMSELF AND THE STARS.
Why could I not get into this book? It had Warlocks, super humans, and Gods. It was a unique alternate history. It had some interesting prose. Some writers such as King or Card can write about stuff I don't care about and make me interested, some writers such as this one, can write about stuff I get excited about, but put me asleep. I think some writers have the ability to connect with the reader. It is hard to describe, but it is a talent some writers have and some do not. In this book Ian Tregillis did not connect with me, so all the prose, all the cool characters fall flat. My ears hear, but my mind does not register.
Ian spends a lot of time describing things, for instance a man gives a woman a boutique of flowers and we get an inventory of all the flower types in the boutique. You will always know the weather, the scenery, the direction of the wind and the smells. The smells will always include oil or gas or diesel. Every form of the word crystal is used in this book.
The story would have also flowed a lot smoother if he would have left out the Idolans. These are some type of gods? who are part of the universe. They are a difficult concept to describe, even for the author himself. They are not that interesting and just detract from the rest of the story.
HIS BREATH SPARKLED
I thought the narrator was pretty good, especially when he was doing voices. It was during the long explanations where no one spoke that I had trouble staying awake. There are more explanations in this book then actual interaction between the characters.
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.