Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.
how do you write a review for a book where there is approx. 16 hours of pitiful cowardice and 15 minutes of fame! it just went on and on. was glad when it ended.
the narrator was excellent though.
One of the ultimate goals for me in reading a novel is to be encouraged to think and reflect on various themes or occurrences and the messages behind these, and how they translate to real life circumstances. A standout element of The Scar is the story's realistic portrayal of human interaction and morality, in that there are very few (if any) of the "black and white" dichotomies often used in many stories, particularly in the fantasy genre.
The writers of The Scar have done a fantastic job of presenting this story in such a way that the reader's own prejudices and experiences will have a profound effect on the way he/she views the dynamic between the characters, as opposed to forcing the reader to distinguish between "the good guys and the bad guys" as is most often seen.
While reading through sequence of the protagonists fatal duel with the student for example, I was torn between disgust at his unnecessary killing of a less than equal opponent, and sympathy for the obligations bestowed upon him by his status, ego and temper which had, in a way, forced his hand. One question raised within the reader is whether it is the deed itself or the intention behind it which takes moral precedence, and whether or not he deserved the horrible punishment thrust upon him by the enigmatic Wanderer.
Johnathan Davis also does a fantastic job in narrating this story. His narration makes it very easy to loose oneself in the characters, events and imagery without any attention at all being drawn to the fact that the story is being read to them through an electronic device.
The Scar ranks among my personal all time favorites in any genre. I'm very much looking forward to reading the other two books in the series once they are translated and published in English.
No. I don't like to reread books. This book was so good that I immediately looked for another by these authors.
There were many and I don't want to spoil it for you.
He is very dramatic and was good at putting forth rage, hatred, despair, and sadness
An Epic tale of an arogant man that was brought low, below a coward, and crawled his way through hopeless despair to obtain a true and just life.
The protagonist in this book was completely unlikeable and very little happened in the story. The writing was good, but I would not recommend this book.
I'm waiting for the next Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, and Guy Gavriel Kay. Listen to them instead.
The narration was good
The main character, and that's a problem.
Audible has opened up a whole new world of reading that I could not make work in the traditional page turning world. I am on a mission to listen to a wide variety of adventures, mysteries, thrillers, classics, etc. Thank you Audible!
First of all this is a great listen.
At first I thought this was going to be a typical story about a bad boy warrior who all the girls love and he goes on an epic adventure, which is the type of story I am actually a fan of, but this is not that kind of story. I was surprised by how much the story changed and developed as I listened.
I don’t want to give too much information, but this story becomes a much deeper adventure that involves the struggles of a man learning difficult lessons and fighting his own weakness in order to try to become the man he wants to be. Even though the story gets deep and there is a lot about learning to overcome limitations this is still an action packed adventure. This story has drama, fighting, action, tension, humor and even several types of “love” connections what is not to like!
I would not give the slightest consideration to any other writing of either of the two others.
Jonathan Davis made an adequate narrator. Everyone praised his reading with such vehemence that I expected something really excellent. The first minute and a half was truly excellent in terms of narration. The next 15 hours were exceptionally mediocre.
I had high hopes for this -- all the reviews said it was good. And yet.... and yet....
The entire thing was disjointed. It flowed like a bad fan-fiction: predictable, artificial, and tedious. And now -- having remembered that there were two authors on this travesty -- it makes all the more sense why nothing quite worked well. It read as if each author wrote one of the main characters and forced them together because it was on the To-Do List, not because there was any reason for it. The plot devolves into cliche tropes and unrealistic situations for the sake of having any kind of story to tell that wraps up neatly. Only it doesn't wrap up neatly. And there aren't even just a few loose ends. Half of what the story was building to is never explained or referenced again in the wake of getting the two protagonists together. Truly, after the first hour of listening, I just wanted both of them to die and spare me from having to listen to the next fourteen hours.
The first minute and a half is excellent -- and only then because of the narrator. The rest of the book is painful and badly written.
If I had been the editor, I would never have agreed to publish the book. It needs a serious re-write. If I could only be the editor of the audiobook.... can I say that I would cut everything after the first minute and a half?
I am extremely disappointed in this -- particularly after reading all the glowing reviews.
Great book, unpredictable plot - didn't follow the standard script.
I though that the reader was great and did a wonderful performance. Enjoyed the book a lot.
I thought this book started out the gate at a great pace and continued for a while, but once the curse was pronounced on the antagonist, I honestly don't feel like much happened in the rest of the book. Pretty good character development for Sol but as soon as you get that, he is cursed and his character attributes no longer apply for the entire book. I was not satisfied with the slow pace and poor action. Even at the end when the curse is removed its like 2 minutes before the end of the book and nothing eventful takes place. The secondary supporting characters are weak also. The entire book is spent detailing inward feelings and emotions and conflict, I needed more than that and the entire books spans only 2 years, so you know not much has happened. I feel like this is a poor knock-off of World Without End... now that's a book worth investing in! Not this one unfortunately. See my review of WWE. hope this helps someone. later.
Just a note of caution: definitely a "mature" adult read, with a fair amount of inappropriate scenes and language. Rated "R."
Maybe this is a result of it being a translation, but I found the writing style occasionally tedious; the annoying overuse of similes, especially references to animals, was just very repetitive and annoying (paraphrase--"he held the bread in his hand like a small kitten clutched to his chest"). But it is definitely interesting to read fantasy from a Russian author; the background "flavor" was slightly different from the English medievalism of most fantasy (but still mostly operated in cliches)
The premise is interesting--a consummately popular, suave, utterly self-absorbed noble's life is ruined when his rash actions lead to tragic consequences. Yet despite his culpability, Egert still feels no remorse, until an encounter with a mysterious stranger leaves him cursed, with all his bravery destroyed before an overwhelming and constant surge of cowardice. His life in ruins, he flees the city and travels through the world as an outcast. Egert goes from a character supreme and off-putting self confidence to a sniveling and off-putting character with no ability to action or free will. If you can drag yourself through that third (or more) of the book, his slow journey into maturity and self-knowledge begins to get interesting.
The other main character is the girl he has hurt through his actions, Toria. She wavers between hatred, disgust, and a slow growing understanding that, while despicable, Egert is still a human being. There are some interesting developments from a Christian redemptive perspective, but then the story has to go and disintegrate back to the gutters of taverns and bodice-ripping.
There were definitely a few plot turns that surprised me, but mostly you read to see if Egert can come to terms with his past and gain mature perspective. It was really interesting as an OCD person to read this story, because some of the ways Egert copes with his constant debilitating fear are defensive "rituals," making his curse surprising similar to to OCD.
I found out halfway through that this is the second in a series (trilogy?) and it doesn't look like the others have been translated into English. That made me worried about a lack of resolution, but those worries were unfounded. Yes, it ends rather abruptly, but it definitely had a complete plot arc and a conclusion that wrapped up the story.