Great story line!!! Definitely a page turner, I can't wait to read the second book. Loved how Danny develops an honest self-view and recognizes the danger of becoming a tyrant...great job, Mr. Card!!
When Danny steals outself from the Gate Thief, and realized there may have been a vey good reason he had stolen those gates!!
Loved the dual narrators, helped separate the parallel stories...both have great narrating voices...
These readers give the characters color. Janice Card is not my favorite - I can't explain what bothers me about her - there is just something - but she wouldn't stop me from listening to the book - I have heard much worse readers.
There are some funny one liners.
I wish the book was a little more wholesome - only because I think my kids would like it - but I don't think it is neccessary for them to hear talk about molestation and stealing and mooning people. The first half is filled with a lot of disrespect for authority and that isn't neccessary for children to hear. Not in this day and age.
The reading and narration is good as is the story however book one and book two seem like they should really be one book as the story kind of ends where if feels like it should begin.
I am addicted to audio books, mostly fantasy. I have alwayz loved to read but could never find the time. This way I keep my mind occupied with wonderful stories and don't get caught up in life's stresses. I'm so glad I found this site.
I enjoyed the magic behind this story but it left me very confused. Audible says there isn`t any more books in this series but the book didn`t really have an ending. There was alot going on, sometimes hard to follow. I enjoyed it to a point, but I won`t read anymore.
Story started out slow but it definitely improved.
I will probably listen to the next one in the series.
I love to jump right into a book at least within 30 minutes and this didn't do it for me. When I used to "read" I always gave a book 50 to 75 pages before I put it down. Too much good stuff to waste my time dragging through a story. Used to horrify my friends when I didn't finish a book but my drummer can't follow a straight line.
The storyline was interesting and enjoyable the whole way through. I liked the characters and way the magic was setup and explained.
Great reading by both Stefan and Emily.
I normally do not like much in the way of fantasy and suppose many readers would not classify this as such but it leans more towards it than I normally go for.
That said I finished listening to this and with so much by Orson Scott Card could not wait to get the next one and continue the story. I was really upset when it was not available and I had to wait to see where this story is going.
A must read for any Card fans.
I like the story a lot, its very good and i highly recommend reading it if you like fantasy stories. Don't go into it comparing it to any other series b/c that always taints your experience. Keep an open, clear mind and allow yourself to become immersed in the world of the Mithermages.
That said, the narration is not great. There is no reason to have two narrators in this story and knowing that the female voice is OSC's daughter, i can't help but think that she is only narrating this b/c of that fact, not b/c its appropriate for the story. Not that she does a bad job, to be honest, i would've preferred if she narrated the entire book.
If you want to hear a great example of a male/female narration team (along with a great, great story) listen to The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (or any of the Wheel of Time books). The husband and wife duo of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer masterfully narrate the entire series and it is by far the best example of dual gender narration i've heard to date.
Lastly, Stefan Rudnicki's voice is very stiff and full and doesn't feel like it fits an adolescent protagonist or the supporting characters. However, knowing OSC likes audiobooks, I think he tailored his writing to work with audiobooks b/c there weren't many times when you didn't know who was speaking despite the fact that Rudnicki seems to be incapable of sounding remotely like a female.
So I slammed the narration portion pretty hard (this IS Audible, after all) but if you're willing to pay the money and give it a chance, you will be able to get past any of this book's shortcomings simply b/c the story is great.
I didnt know what to expect from this book. But after the first chapter I was hooked. Now I'm just waiting for the next book to be released.