I would absolutely recommend this book to a friend, in face, I already have. Multiple times. It is getting quite annoying actually. The non-stop action and twisting plot kept me entertained and excited the whole time. It felt like if Joss Whedon had a baby with the movie Sin City. If you picture that.
The scenes where Faye learns to use her magic on the Imperium dirigible.
Pretty much everything. He has specific voices for each character and they all lend to the development of said character. He is also the embodiment of onomatopoeia. Each word has the impact of a sound. Whether that word is meant to be quiet or loud. The reader feels them as Pinchot speaks them.
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
I only chose this book because it had such high ratings, and I figured, that all those people can't possible be that wrong. Well, they're not. First let's start off with the narrator, Bronson Pinchot. We all know him as Balki from Perfect Strangers. Okay, throw that out of your head right now, because his narration of this book is perfect. He's fantastic. I can't believe it's him. Other narrators should listen to his narration of this book, so they can say to themselves, "ahh so that's how it's done." The story, and world that it takes place in are original, interesting, intelligent, enjoyable, etc. It's everything a fantasy/sci-fi action novel should be. I'd say it's 50% steam punk, and 50% fantasy. If I had any criticism of this book it would be the lame cover, and title. Hard Magic? You'd think after creating such a rich world and story he could have come up with something like, Tesla's Geo-Tel, or The Imperium Unleashed. But hey, no book is perfect. I'm looking forward to books 2 & 3, and happy to see the Bronson Pinchot will be the narrator.
This book was lots of fun the narrator was great and had lots of good voices. I esp liked the way he portraied Mr. Harkness.
Pulp fiction magic
Fay was my favorite as you really get to feel some character depth and development. Also, I like that intelligence is not defined by what you have read. She is very much a character that sticks heavily to her beliefs and cares about what happens in the world. I adored her.
Bronson is amazing! His voices truly gave depth and flavor to this world that I don't think would have been possible in reading the novel. I knew what character was speaking just by how they sounded and their phrasing. He mastered the pauses and the tone so well that I started looking for other books he narrated just to hear him do it again.
Casablanca meets the world of magic...
I loved this book and really adored the quotes at the beginning of the chapters to show how magic could alter the history of the world. I really liked the alternate reality concept.
Near the bottom in my list
None that I have read so far
The end with Faye and Francis
Was ok but it has too many plots within plots. Some parts I just fell asleep while listening. Got confusing in other areas of the book so I just skipped then and when I did fall asleep I didn't bother to back track what I missed. It was just a filler type book when you can't find anything else at the present. Unusual to say the least. I am not considering getting Book 2 at the present.
Bronson Pinchot held my attention to the book but the plot really didn't. He voice changes from one character to another was superb. You could actually visualize what the character looked like just by Mr. Pinchot's voice.
Exciting, Entertaining, Bravo
Bronson Pinchot is a master narrator. The voices used for the characters were perfect and made it easy to follow the story. He read the exciting bits in a way that enhanced the action. The story was fun, but he made the audio book a great experience.
A very interesting premise, an alternative world including quotes from historical figures. Bronson does an outstanding job narrating the story. His voices for the different characters helps create a much richer story. I enjoyed this story and enjoyed the sequel, Spellbound, even more.
I read the rave reviews and gave it a try. The book started off with some promise, but pretty quickly devolved into chaotic, ever escalating mayhem, inadequately explained new magical powers and magical creatures. The book totally lost me when the zombies appeared. It was like reading a poorly thought out action comic. I stuck it out till the end, but I found it tedious and boring.
Yes, if you like action, the 30s and do not mind a bit of "borrowing" from other series.
Especially this audio edition has a exceptionally good speak performer. The accents and different voices are very good (don't mind that the german sounds like french, I get the idea).
not surprising, but looking forward to the continuation
The introduction of Jake Sullivan. His style makes me smile.
It obviously is written as part of a series, so why not?
Except for the setting, which is good, there are many things "borrowed" from the X-Men especially. Except, here it is called "magic", there it is called "gift". The story-arc has amazingly lots of parallels...
Nonetheless, told well, so no harm done.
Characters, plot, narration, alternative history. Likeable characters (and the not so), excellent plot around magic and the alternative history.
Hmm, to many.
Bronson Pinchot sets the new standard for me. He is excellent, the accents, different voice for each character. Other male narrators need to listen to how he does women. Amazing.
The audible is better than any movie.
Highly recommended for magic in the 20th Century. Likeable characters, excellent alternative reality, great magic system. The third part is in print later in the year, but with Bronson's superb narration I may have to wait for the Audible release (or if I read the print I will certainly also grab the audible).