If you love adventure and unseen twists and turns, this is for you. I thought I knew how this was going to play out, but I was so wrong.
The details of the battles were very intense. I admit that I had to fast forward at one point. No spoilers given here, just a warning that one of them was a bit to graphic for me. But then I have a weak stomach. This was an amazing journey and I am in love with the characters! I want more.
Bronson Pinchot's performance was amazing. I cannot say enough about his talent. Just spectacular!
I really hope this makes it to film. "An Amazing Journey to Save the World."
This is an awesome purchase. You will be surprised and amazed. Do not hesitate to listen to this amazing work of art.
I loved the premise here: a Hardboiled detective world layered into magic. I'm not sure Correia quite masters the hardboiled tone, though -- there's too much of a good guy/bad guy vibe really to explore the nuance of real noir. Instead, this morphs slowly into something closer to sci-fi; by the end, it felt very much to me like something out of the X-Men with characters of various abilities fighting over whether they should conquer ordinary humans or aid in their rise. It is fun, and I did finish it, but things get sloppy at the end and the climax seems contrived.
Absolutely, this is one of the best narrated audiobooks I've ever listened to. His accents bring all the characters to life.
Joe Abercrombie's First Law series comes to mind. The lead character Jake Sullivan reminds me of 'The Blood Nine".
I wasn't sure what this would be like, but the reviews seemed pretty solid. It is a genre I haven't really explored yet, and the potential for disaster seemed high for a book that mixes fantasy, steam punk, and magic.
Well, I'm happy to report I was pleasantly surprised. Of course it's fiction and you have to be able to overlook all the silliness, but the foundation of this novel is excellent character development. Even the bad guys were well cast.
As for the performance; it took a bit, as at first I found the slow cadence and over-performed southern drawl a bit annoying, but it did grow on me a bit and by the end of the first quarter, it seemed to fit the characters. This is the first time I had listened to this narrator, and I'm willing to see what else he has done.
In summary, if you have a well developed imagination and like some fun entertainment, this may be for you.
Sullivan, how can you not like a guy who doesn't give up! The german was pretty well written as well.
I really hope that Bronson Pinchot will come back for the rest of the series as well, his voice and range really helped create each character in your head while listening, he did a great job for a great book!
Looking forward to the rest of the series!
I admit, I saw Bronson Pinchot was the narrator and thought "Oh no. Hours of listening to Balki read a story to me? Don't be ridiculous." I was SO wrong. I would listen to anything he narrates. He is the Calgon of narrators. He just takes you away.
Loved this. Loved the characters. Loved the magic aspect. Loved everything. The characters were just cool. The story had me in it's grip. Just fabulous all the way around.
I really enjoyed this story. It isn't a heavy or deep story and the characters are pretty stereotypical. However, it is really well written and the story takes you on a fun and wild ride. Some reviewers haven't liked the narration, but I really enjoyed it. The voices fit the time, place and character of the people. I think it was really well done.
If you want something to listen too that is really enjoyable and fun to listen to, then this is a great choice. I think I'll listen to the next two in the series, but probably not right away.
Correia writes with a flair for fun, a good sense of the ridiculous, and an understanding of the way a story should flow.
Fay--strong, spunky, capable, adventurous, brave.
Hard to say. I am a Outlander fan. Davina Porter is the Queen. Also Roy Dotrice. But this ranks in same sphere for me.
Faye Veira, and Jake Sullivan.
This book was a wonderful suprise. I am not a fan of Steampunk. Bought this with a Daily Deal. So Glad I Did!!!!!! Balki shot this out of the park. Glad I took a chance with book.
I love books
Sure! It is an easy listen
The stories are all melded together in my mind now so I can't tell which book is which.
Overall: Fabulous world building--some of the best I've seen (heard, I guess). I loved the offhand way the historical characters where redone to fit this world. I didn't like the voices at first--Sullivan seemed way too drawly--but eventually I was won over by Pinchot. I think he was part of the reason I liked it so much. The casual, almost naively earnest way he'd describe Faye brutally murdering a Bad Guy was actually enjoyable, If he'd added even a drop of drama to those scenes--and there were many--the whole story would have fallen apart for me.
he really does stay true to the voices and characters.
I grew tired of the continuous violence, and the descriptions of guns. Otherwise I enjoyed it. I think the whole "Faye is such a nice girl" thing was a joke. She killed or tried to kill nearly everyone the first time she ran across them, and then only occasionally felt a bit bad later. Most of the characters were never entirely human, but that might be because I'm used to character-based reads. This was heavy with plot/guns/scenery-world building and the characters were interesting enough (none of them felt like cardboard) but not the real emphasis.