This was an excellent listening experience. The story was exciting and kept you riveted to the earphones and the performance was at the top. Christopher Kipiniak read the story so well, that you could tell who was speaking even before the book told you. This is a story I will listen to again in the future. This was the first book by Martha Wells that I have listened to and I am looking forward to the next.
Moon was my favorite because I can relate to him.
It made me laugh at times
Gripping story line, sardonic characters, laugh aloud funny in parts, believeable world and culture. Captivating, heart pounding.
Moon! Jade! Stone! Flower! Everyone!
This is the first of Kipiniak's performance but not the last
I think we forgt to say,
I enjoy fantasy with a taste of reality I don't think i will ever find a book as good as the Twilight Saga however I will keep searching
This is the first time I have listened to Martha Wells who made the female a heroine and traded places where the men usually are (the hero and savior) and I loved it. it was provocative and fascinating. waiting for more. it is a good way to get out of the world of reality and into the world of what could be, more of the way we believed as a child
The story of Moon and his search for his own kind is very well done and quite interesting. Definately worth the credit and of course I HAD to get the sequel ! Martha Wells is a great writer ! The narrator Christopher Kipiniak has a very good voice to listen to and tells the story extremely well.
The Tales of the Raksura series starts here with Moon, who is a Raksura but doesn't know it, living amongst groundlings and hiding his secret. As a Raksura, Moon is able to change form into a winged creature capable of flight, but to his detriment when he does so he resembles the dreaded Fell. The Fell are an evil race of beings that are hated by all others and responsible for the destruction of many cities. This resemblance causes Moon to be generally distrusted and cast out of multiple settlements and he finds himself leading a somewhat nomadic life as he is tormented by the fact that he doesn't know why he is different.
As a race, the Raksura have a hive style society ruled by a Queen, and the internal interactions of their courts make for some interesting story telling. Martha Wells does an excellent job building the structure of this society and since the main character Moon knows nothing of it you learn about it as he does. This is the strength of the book as I did not find the characters themselves overly compelling, with the exception of Stone - the line grandfather of the Indigo Cloud court. Stone is old enough to just tell it like it is and far more likeable than the rest, including Moon.
The rest of the characters do grow on you by the end of the novel and I was certainly left wanting to know more about them. Christopher Kipiniak did a good job on the narration and bringing the characters to life although some of his voices are a bit too similar to others.
Let me start by saying this is unlike almost any "fantasy" book I've ever come across. It reminded me A LOT of Avatar in the setting initially, but the more the story continued, the less similar it seemed. I must say I really did enjoy this 1st novel. Have no clue what the title means as related in the book, but the plot is very good and very unique.
Starts with a loner who is trying to fit it with people who aren't like him, but you're not really sure why. The author takes her time setting up the mythology, but once all the pieces are in place and the main characters are fully fleshed out, it's actually a pretty excellent story.
This is one of those books I picked up in an Audible sale and I'm glad I did. It's quite a good read. While certain of the elements are predictable (when you read as much as I do most books have predictable elements), Wells combines many different fantasy devices to create a refreshingly new and interesting world. Her characters are likeable and realistic and the plot takes enough twists and turns to keep the reader's interest without becoming too fantastic for it's own good. All in all I really enjoyed the book and will definitely be getting the next book in the series.
Narrator: The book is well narrated. I would definitely listen to more of Christopher Kipiniak.
If you’re tired of the same creatures with the same story line as I was, then this is a great series. Once you get use to the sexual role reversal, the hero is insecure, emotional and cuddly the heroin is stoic, strong and protective the rest of it is a whirl wind of excitement battles and intrigue. Martha wells does a good job of building up the characters and getting you cheering for them, while still guessing at what comes next. It was fun and refreshing to listen to. Christopher Kipiniak did a good job with the different characters and accents while putting the right amount of passion and fear behind his performance.
The only thing I am disappointed about is that I am done listening to it and must wait for the next book in the serious to come out.
So, when I first saw this series on Audible, I kind of rolled my eyes at the description and moved along. I'd checked out the summaries of not just the first book, but the second and third (which were all that was out at the time) and kind of scoffed at the impression I got, which made it sound like a cheap romance novel. Oh, he's a consort to a queen? How interesting. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I'll admit, I've been disappointed enough with fantasy novels that I am often overly-skeptical. However, I also tend to read reviews and try to see between the lines of what people are saying about a book to decide if I'll like it or not, and I finally gave this series a chance when one of the books popped up in a 2-for-1 or 3-for-2 credit sale, figuring it wouldn't be a great loss if I didn't like it, and as most of the reviews gave good indications that maybe the summary wasn't doing it justice, it shouldn't be a big risk.
Well, I'm very happy to say I was pleasantly surprised, and enjoyed the rich diversity, and utter /strangeness/ of the world and characters Martha Wells has created, and was sucked into it, utterly. I've been actively trying to branch out in my fantasy reading from the "default" patriarchal, vaguely euro-centric societies. Not that I don't have favorites among those, but in fantasy, anything can and should be possible, and the Three Worlds is just that kind of place I've been hoping for.
The rich variety of peoples and cultures, the various magics and the tantalizing glimpses of the history of the world are really exciting, because they're so unique and still feel real. And you get to discover new things along with the protagonist, Moon, as well.
Something to keep in mind about this book in particular is that as it's from Moon's viewpoint, and he is an outsider to this society he's thrust into, he gets a lot of things wrong, and you won't even really realize it until you're further into the series. I guess in a way he could be considered an unreliable narrator, and it's something it took me a while to notice. Also a quick note on the narration, while I enjoyed it a lot, there are a couple times when the narrator accidentally uses the wrong voice for the wrong character, which threw me off the first time I listened. I thought to myself, "Why would Stone say that?" when really, he wouldn't and didn't, it was just an error in the reading. This caused some confusion for me, because the voices of the main characters are distinct enough that it threw me for a loop to hear one say lines that weren't their own.
Besides all that, the story is just fun. It's full of adventure, great characters, and is all set in an extremely interesting world full of strange and vibrant peoples and creatures.
Anyway, this rambling review is basically to try and convince people to give the series, the whole series, a chance. It's a refreshing, enjoyable fantasy read, and one I regularly re-listen to, particularly taking pleasure in the little hints and tidbits I didn't catch the first go-round. (Stone bringing a present to his great-granddaughter, anyone?? Honestly, Stone is the best.) So I hope this will help out if you are looking for a unique fantasy world, but had reservations about the books, as I originally did!
This story is set on a very alien world and follows the attempts of an outsider to reconnect with his own race.
The world building is definitely its strongest point, and I wouldn't mind learning more about it and its various races.
However, the story itself isn't quite up to the task.
The dialogue is a bit staged, the characters just a bit too wooden, and the plot is farely predictable.
As others have mentioned there is a large cast of very minor characters all with similar names which can get confusing at times.
Lastly, on my recording at least, there was an odd clicking sound from time to time. Not sure if it was the narrator making this noise or whether it was a fault with the audio.
I did report it to audible, but they couldn't reproduce the issue.
All and all, an average enough listen.