I'm not going to lie, I pretty much bought this book because I have loved other things that Davis has narrated. He did not disappoint!
Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the story. I thought the plot was pretty interesting, although it moved sort of slowly, so if you like instant gratification, you might not like this. Basically, this jerk alpha-male type gets cursed with crippling cowardice and it's the story of how he goes about trying to break the curse. I was worried that the book was going to be quite preachy, both about bullying and how your actions affect others, and about the power of self and conquering your faults. But it wasn't at all. I thought Egert's progress through his curse was very natural and believable. The writing style was descriptive and lyrical and the translator did an excellent job. Overall: excellent!
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.
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
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.