If this story weren't written like a 12yo boy's wet dream, it might have been tolerable. Should've known better than to try a book based on a video game. Shame on me.
Never ever ever.
The last sentence of the book.
Gildart Jackson was outstanding. He read with passion and and verve despite the tiresome storyline, the repetitive analogies, and the cumbersome Italian phrases. He should be applauded.
I thought this book would be great for my son, who likes the video game. I figured there would be bloodshed, killing, cursing and sexual undertones, and I didn't expect much for a storyline. Nonetheless, I thought he might enjoy it. But with the complicated Italian character names, the lengthy descriptions of places with weird-sounding Italian names, the smattering of Italian phrases, and the 15th-century references, you really can't expect a teenager to stay engrossed. Yet with the ridiculous storyline, the predictability of events (indeed the very phrases, since they're so overused!) and the lack of any plausible conflict for the protagonist (every encounter goes swimmingly), makes this unbearable for anyone older. So....to what demographic is the author writing, exactly?
I travel a lot! So being able to listen to a good book while waiting in an airport or flying on a plane is a great way to relax!
I don't know if my friends would enjoy this book. I loved watching my son play this video game and I always thought the story line was really good.
The narration was pretty good and I liked most of the voices that he did.
I believe it is already scheduled to become a movie.
This is a story that left a lot on the table. It's a really cool story that unfortunately reads to much like the lines you get if you were reading the lines in the game. So much wasn't covered that could have made the story so much richer and so much better. Granted you would have had a much larger book, but I think the author missed an opportunity to take a good story and make it into a great story. So if you're a fan of the game and don't mind reading the same basic lines from the game in this book, I think you'll enjoy it. If, however, you like books with a richer content, I think you'll be a little disappointed.
Say something about yourself!
I was hoping for a story that was meant to shine more light on the Assassins Creed universe, whether it was to focus more on the Brotherhood as it exists today compared to the Renaissance or to cover parts of Ezio's story that we didn't get in the games. Instead, we get a literary port of the game, with subtle tweaking. The narrator does a pretty good job, the accent is acceptable and the voices range enough to tell the difference between most characters. The story is still good, as great as it was in the game but it just wasn't what I really wanted. I have to give it a 4 star overall though, because I did buy and enjoy its sequels, complaints aside.
I am a big fan of the assassin's creed video games so I decided to get these books to listen to on the road and was not disappointed. The whole series is great. I wasn't too impressed with the narrator, however. There were times in the book where it was hard to tell which character is talking which was irritating at times. But, otherwise, it is a series I would recommend to anybody.
Audiobooks are my way of easing the long commute to work! Thank you!
Action-packed, historical, seamless
I liked Michaelangelo!
His tonality between characters was great!
Was a nice addition to the larger Creed story.
Prefer to listen while performing menial tasks. Makes the dishes DRAMATIC!
Working in a licensed universe can be difficult. However, Oliver Bowden has done a good job fleshing out and expanding on licensed characters. If you enjoyed the Assassin's Creed universe, then Bowden's work will make you love it more.
if its uber popular, than i'm probly gonna read it. yeah, i'm that guy! sorry. unless its stephen king. DARK TOWER baby!!!
what i liked best was the usage of actual places and people of the time. from divinci to alexander iv! it has a Divinci Code feel to it and still kept an eye on the ending.
there was nothing that really stood out above all else. instead, the story stayed consistant thoughout. from training, to action, to secret codex pages... a real treat to listen to, wondering where the next turn goes!
the narrator was good. his accent matched everything well. a bit monotone throughout the entire story, which was a bit of a drag at times. he didn't do a good job in the action sequences, instead, he trodded along in the same tone as if something mundane was happening.
i knew little about the ASSASSINS CREED franchise. i never played the games but the little that i seen and heard were interesting enough to me. now, i'm the proud owner of the first 2 books in audio format! GREAT STORY!
I enjoyed how the video was incorporated into a book.
Same as above the story was simple, yet very enjoyable
The various voice and the inflections in his voice bring the story to life.
It a great book if you enjoyed the video game series.