When I was younger I would have really liked this story. Probably would have been my favorite, and I have read a lot of books from the fantasy genre.
This would make a good movie, but as it was, I a getting too old for this kind of sword and sorcery novel.
Some good morals were attempted at throughout this book. The writing was above average to excellent.
This book went nowhere!! Depressing with no relief, disappointing beyond belief!!! A valuable lesson was learned, when reading reviews skip the first 15 and you will get the truth. Don’t waste your credit on this one!
Even though at times the story is quite predictable the author manages to deliver it in such a way it becomes remarkably pleasant to the reader
The story needed a better main character. I just made it so far into the story and lost all interest because of my dislike for the main character.
I understand you need to introduce the characters and set the events of the story but it took for ever even listen at 2x speed for anything to happen. Even then I just didn't care for the main character. Lost interest and wonder if I could get my credit back.
The reader was fine my problem was with the story.
Save you credit/money
Not sure what made me listen for so long. It just dragged on and on. Some may say it ended well, but I will never know, because it is the 1st book in a long time that I quit listening to after 7 hours of drudgery.
I love everything from an epic fantasy to a book on virology. I listen everyday.
Maybe it's my mood, maybe it's because I listened to Tigana first and by comparison did not like this, or maybe it's just boring. I couldn't get past the first few hours. I didn't care about the characters or what was going on and this hasn't happened to me before.
Accolades about this book (nay, 'great LIT'rature') informed my purchase.
I barely got through Part 1. It's a cumbersome telling of an ageless tale. Plain language; nothing clever or unique about the prose. Sounded like this - 'She looked up shyly..." "The sword was at his side before he knew what was happening...?" the entire time. Take the lessons of any cautionary nursery/disney story and it's been done with far more interest and appeal. A Dickens novel is Literature. This IMHO, is not.
Perhaps it loses any charm in the translation. Perhaps the topic... 'bad boy narcissist learns lessons by being turned into a frog, I mean, a beast, I mean by descending into varying levels of mood disorders until empathy is obtained', is too close to what I do for a living though it's not been a problem before. Perhaps the slowwww, deep, flat narration just doesn't appeal to me?
Not giving up yet. I turned to the beginning again, put it on 1.5x speed. Better.
Still doesn't change the mundane prose but it does move faster.
Hubris-tic Consequences & Redemption.
A little off the beaten path.
Workman like performance.
I was moved a couple times but by the ending especially.
If your a student of the genre you really should give it a try. If you liked twilight, Fifty shades of grey, or anything by kim harrison you will not like this. no vampires or werewolves.
the story was well written from an environment point of view. But the plot took forever to get to the climax. It was too long winded.
Not a chance.
The general plot of the book wasn't the problem. The writing and the performance combined to make for a miserable listening experience from the start.
I have gown accustomed to performers such as Scott Brick and Simon Vance, where different characters actually sound, well, different. The few times Davis finds a different voice, it comes out sounding absurd...particularly the deep voice of one of Egert's peers in the Guard. The reading is overly dramatic, but perhaps the author is partly to blame for this. There is never a rhythm achieved in the prose. It feels forced and artificially dramatic.
The generally high ratings this book has received baffle me. Never in my years of listening to audiobooks have I stooped listening to a book before finishing it. If you, like me, are looking for great writing and a dynamic performance, keep looking!