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.
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.
I've listened to The Cloud Roads three times now. In anticipation of The Edge of Worlds (book 4 of the Raksura series, which Audible hasn't announced they will be doing yet), I will probably do a complete re-listen of all three main timeline books.
Moon is a very relatable main character. Even though he's not human (and no one in these books is), his very realistic view of the way people are and his very justified paranoia are charming from day one to the last page of book three. Looking through his eyes, you feel his yearning to trust others very strongly, but past experience tells him he can't. If you've had difficulties in your life, you will feel for him.
Moon confessing his worst memory to Jade.
Christopher Kipiniak is the absolute. perfect. narrator. I can't imagine Moon sounding any differently than the way that he plays him. He manages great subtlety and has a quietness, a dangerous quality to dialogue, that is completely essential to the Raksura, particularly the big and powerful Queens. His female voices are interesting and never falsetto, which helps a LOT toward keeping the flow. You will never be jarred by his voice, though each voice is distinct.
I have listened to it all in one sitting. All fifteen hours of it, starting from 7am on my commute to work, through work, through lunch, after work, sitting with my family through dinner, and ending in bed. I'm telling you. You won't stop. You'll just be chilling in the Three Worlds with the Raksura.
Listen to these. Then go buy the books, either from Nightshade press directly or Amazon, or some other lovely independent bookstore. Support this series by not buying used, even if you are a poor student like me. c;
Christopher does a great job narroating, the story draws you in making it difficult to stop listening. I'd never heard of this series before but found myself avidly listening sitting at the edge of my seat as the story developed around moon and jade.
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.