Renaissance open's up the world for the reader and really sets the scene for an epic ride through time and place. It is a captivating and exciting tale that is told so well you simply can picture it in your mind as you get lost in the tale.
There is so much to like about the whole package it is difficult to pick a favorite bit out. I think the rich characters and the rich descriptive writing style captivate the reader so well that all you can do is sit back and enjoy the ride.
Jackson is very talented in his narration, he brings the listener in and keeps them enthralled through the entire tale .. He is a natural story teller and a pleasure to listen to.
No spoilers here .. you GOT TO OPEN THE PRESENT! Because I am telling you .. this package is a GIFT! ;)
Can't wait to listen to more!!!!
I was curious enough to find out how it would end, so I did listen to the whole book.
No. Story was kind of trite. Just an assassin killing people over and over Not much character development.
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.