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.
This book was fun. Not my favorite but pretty good. I really enjoyed the richness of the characters. All of them were very well done. The book ended very abruptly and the last half was not nearly as detailed as the first. Overall though, it was pretty good.
After reading several reviews, and finally deciding to buy the book, I was a little disappointed. The book starts out very slow, and I had to struggle to keep listening. After about 1.5 hrs, it started to pick up, and has turned out to be a reasonable listen. Don't expect a great book, but if you can last through the first part of the book, you will be ok..
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.
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.
The science fiction aspect of this book is so silly, honestly, I felt like I was listening to a sci-fi alternative history thriller written in the 1950’s. And the characters are so under-developed, it’s amazing how little you get to know the characters in a book so long. Sorry Ian, this is my first and my last.
Hello, If you like magic, sci-fi, & WW2 then you might not throw this book across the room when your done. At times it was great and other it was like, "WTF" where did this book just go. I will not go into any detail but I will get the sequel, if one comes out (deadlines suck).