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The Chronicles of Elantra are a wonderful series. The narration is excellent and the books are very well written.
I've listened to the entire series several times, so its a bit hard for me to separate each book. The series as a whole though I absolutely LOVE. Between the story line, the character development and the performance of Khristine Hvam, all Chronicles of Elantra books are at the very top of my favorite audio book list.
Finding out Severn's reasons for having done certain things. I won't say more than that for fear of ruining the book for someone.
Honestly, she does such a great job with all of them I would have a hard time choosing just one. I read these books myself through the kindle app after listening to them. While still good reading myself, the life that Khristine Hvam gave the characters made me prefer listening rather than reading, which is saying a lot. The character Severn is my favorite but that has as much to do with how his character was written by Michelle Sagara as it does the performance by Khristine Hvam.
This one no. I didn't really start loving the book until closer to the end. There is a lot of character development that while listening to for the first time seemed slow to me (listening to it for a second time though after having listened to the other books in the series made me love all of the first...if that makes any sense at all). The second book in the series did however make me cry at one point.
I purchased this book because I had heard such good reviews. Now, I regret it.
The author did not explain the world she was writing about. She did not describe the different races and cultures that make up most of this story. She wrote in an overblown dramatic writing style with no context. Her main character seemed to go into extreme emotional outbursts with no apparent reason. Needless to say, I just got nothing from this book but headaches.
Excellent. Riveting. Fantastic.
It's a tie between the characterizations and the world building.
Every character has a distinctive voice which a) brings the characters to life and b) helps the listener distinguish who is speaking.
This listen is a good use of a credit.
I was initially captivated by the story line--poor orphan makes good--but as the story progressed, the characters remained static and became more and more incomprehensible. I don't think the author really knew who her characters were. I got very tired of Kaylin not knowing why she did things and saying so frequently. I couldn't find any rhyme or reason for the actions of many the characters, and I frankly gave up on the story before the end because I didn't care about any of her people. The narrator does a creditable job with poor material.
This is one of the few book series where after I was done with it I actually tracked down the author on Facebook to tell her what a Goddess I thought she was. (She wrote back and said thank you. She was so nice!)
The first book drops you so completely in the middle of everything you will think there is another book a head of this one, and you are a little lost. But, hang on and listen closely because there is a method to the madness that totally pays off in the end.
I would actually classify this series as "New Adult Fantasy". I enjoyed all the books...so far.
I love discovering new stories while driving or working in the barn, reading voraciously since I could walk. There is no genre, just magic
I read this because I like the narrator as I had never heard of Michelle Sagara before. I was enchanted and engaged with the novel immediately. It creates a whole new community with rich details. Read them all, Read them in order, and I hope Michelle Sagara writes more of them. I just downloaded and read the latest book.
Sherrilyn Kenyons Dark Series as it creates an entire community and is very much a neck and neck run on which one was best. Although Acheron which is book one for the Dark Series does slant things completely for a win. Either way you can not lose reading these books. You will like them.
The voices and characters. I have read for many years and love it easily making the book real in my mind when I do read one but she has a real talent.
Leave the book title alone, it rocks as do the graphics on the cover of each of her books. Please do make a film.
Looking forward to the next book.
This is one of my favourites. The author is new to me but well worth the listen.
Kaylin Neya the main character. She displays a bold courageous nature, often reckless but she's on a learning curve. Looking forward to further development.
Magic to die for!
Really quirky storyline, you have to pay attention but it is well worth while. The characters are quite well defined although there are a few gaps. Perhaps future books will flesh this out.
I was bored by the whole story. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen, but gave up about halfway through, and quit listening...
i think i would have enjoyed this more if i hadn't read the books first.
i had high hopes for the narrator since she got so many good reviews but this one hit one of my biggest pet peeves.
its fief, not feef, and its ferals, not fearels.
(look fief up in the OED for pronunciation).
normally it wouldn't be a big deal but the words come up in just about every other sentence and by the time i was an hour into the story my teeth were clenched, by an hour and a half i started grinding them and had to stop.
now, i have seen narrators self-correct pronunciation in the middle of the story but so far this one hasn't.
it makes me sad because its a series i really enjoyed reading and was looking forward to the audible version. i will probably force myself on until the end out sheer stubborn hope but i doubt i will buy any more out of this series, which is a shame as i want to support the author.
the narrator, other than those mispronunciations seems fine, better than some i've hear. but really, the little things can make or break a narration.