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.
Mostly use audio books in planes these days. Know I really like a book when I find myself with earphones still on from home to hotel
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.
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.
Alone, Moon discovers his long lost people, but is there a place for him? Excellent!
Martha Wells has created a rich tapestry of a world. The Cloud Roads is the first of the books of the Raksura and my favorite. I've lost count of the number of times I've read it and listened to the audiobook. The Raksura are an engaging race of shape shifters with a vibrant, distinctly non-human culture. Alternate human / reptiloid flying dragon people - not your typical lycanthropes (although those get a cameo mention). Explore and learn the Raksura as Moon, orphaned as a child and left to fend for himself, struggles to make a place for himself even as the rapacious Fell threaten all. Who are the Fell? What are they? Ms. Wells does not "tell"; she weaves a story and drops details as Moon learns them and/or as Moon allows himself to think of them because Moon has shadows and secrets of his own. 1st of a trilogy, Cloud Roads has a satisfactory conclusion. (I hate cliffhangers you have to wait for the next book!) You could stop here...but why would you deprive yourself of more Raksura?
Favorite scene: Moon to the court, "What's a consort?"
Chris Kipiniak gives a great performance. Not just reading but dramatic, emotive presentation. Voices for various characters are clear and distinct. Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook.