I thought the performance was well down a little slow and shaky in some parts but rather well done. I can not wait to listen to the final book in this series; and will be patiently waiting for more books like it.
Absolutely magical, ferocious, glamorous, fun, exciting, and gorgeous. It just keeps getting better and better with each story. I wish Lev Grossman would continue the series... I will be heartbroken when it concludes after The Magician's Land.
The first book was moody and brooding but had a story that pulled it together. This one just feels like empty, meaningless depression. What is the point of it? No but *really*, what is he point of it X 1000. There were a few attempts at a plot but they all meandered and criss crossed and when they finally got to their conclusions they went off with not a bang but a meek and half-hearted whimper. The voice acting was superb, just couldn't save the material.
The narration was just as good as the first book.
While the story thankfully lacked the desert of slow pacing and scarce dramatic relief which existed in the middle part of the first book, it introduced its own pacing issue. Alternating chapters would cover the backstory of a specific character. These chapters were rich with detail and interesting, but their impact was undermined by the fact that we know they were in the past and were interrupting the action. They were important, but every shift between past and present was jarring.
I would feel cheated by the ending if I didn't know there was a third installment I the series.
I really enjoyed the book, I don't have any specific things to say about what the book did right. That is only because the things I perceive as flaws stick out in a sea of things I like.
I highly recommend the title.
the beginning was a little difficult to get through. but it was worth it. I really enjoyed this book. more the the first book.
I would recommend it to a friend.