This book is intense and has so much awesome, that it is hard to stop listening.
The concept of a government-regulated magical department showed such great promise, but sadly fizzled. The main character is an officer that is at once perceptive and idiotic, making the worst possible decisions throughout the story. The story never explains the reasoning of the government enough to justify the main character's or other side character's actions. The most infuriating part is, unfortunately, the main character's insistance on making such bad decisions that you'd think he was a teenager instead of an educated individual with a bachelor's degree and classes on decesion-making and leadership.
Protagonist and narration. There was so much potential with this story, but I simply did not like the main character. Not only did he seem selfish and ignorant, some of his actions did not make sense.
The narrator, especially compared to other Fantasy narrators (James Marsters on the Dresden Files, Roy Dotrice on Song of Ice and Fire) was not good. He could emote, but there was very little distinction between most characters.
No. I give better performances to my kids reading them bedtime stories.
I really wanted to like this story and stuck it out to the end, hoping the resolution would redeem it in some way. But even the conclusion left me wanting.
What a letdown, too contrived, too much detail when not needed, and a sloppy storyline. Myke, you can do better. In fact, I'm hoping you do. See, this has potential. A LOT of potential. But somehow, this didn't hit the mark. I expected a different take on this genre', and somehow, you moved smoothly into the typical, mundane, and the predictable.
Myke, do us all a favor and do a rewrite. Do YOURSELF a favor, and write something else, ANYTHING else, as this should NOT be what you're known for in the audiobook industry. That would be a tragic shame.
I've listened to all the
Marty is the best character simply due to the fact that he's the comical relief in this relatively dark story.
I would since he has a good voice but I wish I didn't hear him eating (sounded like a chewing gum). Also his range of voices (a part from Marty which he does a good job of) is limited. I have probably been spoiled by other narrators though so my opinion is skewed.
I never listen to a book in one sitting even short ones so I wouldn't be the right person to ask but I had found myself not wanting to stop due to engaging scenes.
Overall a good book. I had been waiting for this book to come out ever since I had attended a panel at NYC comicon. I wasn't disappointed and I will be waiting for the rest of the series.