I love audible. I discovered it as a solution to my long drive (30mi each way) back and forth to work. This is my down time after work.
The expansion into the background of the characters in the first book.
Love them all.
I have listened to all of all of Justine Eyre's narrations of Lauren Kate's series. Excellent narrator, good characters, great voices.
I enjoyed Torment and, having read further into the series, I see it as a necessary step to the events that follow.
I was impressed that the author didn't follow the normal pattern of blind "true love." As Luce searches and struggles to understand her love for Daniel, the listener gathers much needed information to understand the overall story being presented.
Again, Kate lets the listener see very clearly from Luce's point of view. This is one of her strongest talents as an author. The cryptic responses and actions of Daniel and other characters (like him), really start to drive you insane...just as they to Luce. This story is definitely told from her perspective and gives validation to much of the uncertainty she feels throughout the book.
The action is divided up among this book much more evenly than the last. You will be entertained through most of it, although there are still many slow moments that might test your patience.
There are no happy endings in Torment. It is a cliff-hanger and leaves you feeling like you read a prologue. The real journey is about to begin in the next novel.
T. R. Graves, Author
Torment (Fallen #2) is a strong follow-up to Fallen (Fallen #1). In it, we are reunited with our favorite characters (Luce, Daniel, and Cameron) and are introduced to several new ones (Miles and Shelby), who are memorable enough for us to long to see - much - more of them in future books.
Torment (Fallen #2)'s greatness lies in the way the readers are gradually and gently introduced to Luce's abilities, her new world, and her and Daniel's history. There's is one filled with love, passion, and grief.
As with Fallen (Fallen #1), I'm constantly perplexed about which characters to trust and love and which ones I should distrust and hate. I'm completely sympathetic to Luce's dilemmas when it comes to particular conflict. At the same time, I enjoyed the level of suspense creating by the unknown because it makes this story more amazing and tender and tumultuous.
For those looking for a young adult series that can be read by almost anyone, the Fallen series is for you. It's filled with love and action. It rises above other stories by proving great books don't have to be consumed with sex and profanity in order to get the world's attention. For that, I applaud Lauren Kate.
T. R. Graves, Author
Warriors of the Cross
Guardians of the Cross
Enemies of the Cross
A bunch of times I found myself very bored with this book. I liked the first one better. I hope the next one will be so much interesting than this one. If the third one doesn't get any better I will stop listening/reading to this series. My time is too precious and there are a lot of more interesting choices out there!
Audiobooks have changed how I drive! I look forward to driving for work when I have a good book on deck.
Unfortunately, Kate decided that making money on a book series was more important than writing a comprehensive book. Despite more than 7 hours of no action or plot development, I thought the ending of Fallen was truly enjoyable, enough so that I purchased Torment. Granted, Torment had more action and plot development, but there was no ending to the book – the alleged heroine simply runs away. Readers are pretty much left on tethered hooks until the next book comes out in a year. I get that Kate planned on making a series of Fallen, but each book should have the capacity to stand on its own as a good piece of fiction. At this point, I will not buy another book in the series until they are all written, but chances are by then I will have likely lost interest.
This is the second book in the series and I really enjoyed it! There are a lot of questions that go unanswered, so be prepared! I actually like that because it makes me excited for the next installment, which is supposed to be out in June 2011. Not to spoil it, but I hope she chooses Miles, he seems to be the only one being truthful to Luce!