Just as other reviewers have said, don't judge this book by the description (or the stupid picture on the cover!). It's actually really good. I haven't had an audiobook that I've been this excited to listen to in quite a while. You won't be disappointed!
The book was intriguing enough, however is was very derivative. Anyone familiar with any x-men title will recognize the format and some of the story elements. That being said, after I got over the bait and switch, it was a good read that kept my attention.
There is a moment near the beginning of the book where one of the main protagonists must teleport herself away from a group of toughs. She does so bu when she rematerializes she does so in the same space where a bug is flying and the bug is fused into her body. The description of this as well as the aftermath are described in stomach churning detail.
Mr Pinchot is a fine character actor but to his credit he is nowhere to be found on this recording. I could not find any sign of his voice which I expected to be able to pick out immediately. As for character, he uses accents, pitch, and variable speed to make each one unique. My only note is that jake, the main character, has such a low pitched voice it is very difficult to hear at points when the recording is at standard volume. If you turn up for jake everyone else gets too loud. I've never heard any narrator use such a low voice, even Jim Dale's Hagrid has an easier to hear voice.
As is true of all superhero titles the characters lend themselves to multiple adventures.
This book is a superhero book. There is no real magic at a all. What they are calling magic is more like cosmic power. I was expecting this book to be something based on the title and other reviews but it turned out to be X-Men in the '30s. Each character has a single "super" ability. Super strength (like Rogue), healing (like Wolverine), teleporting (like night crawler), mind control (like prof X), telekinesis (like Jean Gray), etc all exist and are inborn abilities. There is an uneasy tolerance of these "magical" powers by the normal people, there is a secret group that fights to make that tolerance into acceptance, there is an antagonist who is the oldest of them all and is bent on the idea of the survival of the fittest (apocalypse anyone?). The magic that is shoehorned in to the story seems like a cheap device used to prevent plagiarism charges, and could easily be removed and alter nothing in the narrative. That being said the magical aspects of the story; runic symbols, kanji, spell casting; are some of the most innovative moments in the book. I found myself engrossed in those chapters and wishing for more. Also very entertaining was the insertion of historical events and figures into a world where super abilities exist. How would WWI have gone with platoons of super beings, what would Lincoln have done if faced with the emergence of powers, were Einstein or Tesla super beings similar to Forge? As an original story this book was lacking, as a magic story this book was lacking, but as a heroes journey this book connects. The journey of the two main protagonists is complete from obscurity to hero for one and redemption for the other.
unpredictable, well developed, fun
It's like listening to a movie. Bronson perfectly captures the tone, pitch and nuance of every character--from a little girl to a powerful brute.
It made me imagine!
What a discovery. I'm looking up more books by this author and this narrator.
Reader of things.
Sure - it's a unique twist on both magic fantasy and detective fiction genres. It does, however, require a niche taste for late1920's sentiment
No one character stood out as my favorite as they each held their own in the plot line.
His ability to character act, alter his voice, and add nuance to the narration was superior. I loved him.
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.