My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.
I hate wasting credits and waste one I did. Boring and predictable characters. Too many loosly conected storylines. Flat ending :oP
I loved this book from the first hauntingly beautifully chapter through each heart-pounding thrilling chapter. Put this one on the list for BEST AUDIBLE of the year.
This book is one fantastic roller coaster ride. It's a big book for a reason. The slow pace at the beginning creates anticipation as it expertly develops the characters. Each part is a savory journey. Jon Steele did his homework. He makes Switzerland in the winter sound exotic. Once the listener is tumbled over the edge, it's one nonstop thrill ride to the end. As the listener, I was never ready for the next unsettling twist and the constant heart-stopping turns often caused me to gasp out loud. There are several descriptive violent scenes that can be easily pushed ahead, if found too disturbing. Don't let that stop you from choosing this book. In my opinion they were the necessary tension. By the end of the book you are fanning yourself and looking for some one to high-five.
He is the God of all narrators. He does the voice of THE CAT so well that you can visualize the different facial expression on the cat each time he does it.
NEVER has a book affected me so. At one point while listening in the car, I had to pull off the road just to listen. For I was so shocked and moved ...fearful for the character...that I was unable to drive and listen at the same time.....and it was the listening that took precedence. That is powerful.
I read the first two books about a year and a half ago. I loved the story so much I decided to buy the audio and recap before the third book comes out in August. I'm glad I did because Jonathan Davis gives an amazing performance bringing the characters to life for me. Looking forward to listening to Angel City with the same narrator. Hope he performs book three.
Say something about yourself!
I really wanted to love this book. I have a weird fascination with angels, and I love to see them in stories that aren't cookie cutter romances. Building a story off the Book of Enoch? You have my attention, but I'm looking to see if you can bring anything new to the table. This one didn't.
I also don't mind a slow burn with character development when it's done well and pacing is considered. Give me a reason to want to continue. The audiobook for this is nearly 22 hours long, and quite literally nothing happens for two thirds of it. I can't blame the narrator. Jonathan Davis is a narrator I'm quite familiar with, having had him along for the majority of the Star Wars audiobooks over the years. He's fantastic. After that long of a setup, there needs to be more than just atmosphere and setting. As realistic as it feels (which is a selling point), the accompanying choppy writing style should serve to move things along and convey a sense of urgency and storytelling. In this case it was like being stuck in traffic: hit the gas, hit the brake after 20 feet. I experience that twice a day as it is and listen to audiobooks to escape that sensation.
The other part of the problem is character. Using archetypes is a great idea for storytelling, but when you develop them, that development should actually go somewhere. I got to know these characters. They live and breathe like my next door neighbors. And like my next door neighbors, I didn't really care about any of them because nothing interesting happens for the bulk of the story. By the time the starting gun fires, the audience is too asleep to hear it. To make things worse, I've seen these characters before, all of them written better, by Victor Hugo. It's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, with angels. Why didn't it work? Because Victor Hugo is an acknowledged master, and everyone knows the story even if they haven't read it. That I have read it just really makes me want to go back and read it again because (just like with movies) I find most remakes to be lazy and largely intolerable. Don't tell someone else's story. The good ones are there to revisit in all their glory, and the bad ones don't deserve a second chance. Tell your own story.
Because I do see potential here now that the setup is out of the way, I will likely return for book 2 of this trilogy, someday. I feel like now that the Hunchback section of this story is told poorly, perhaps we can move on to something more worthy. If it proves to be more of the same, I'll just drop it in favor of the next title.
Retired, housebound, dependent on Audiobooks for sanity.
It's required to truly understand the story!
No idea. I haven't read it. Narration is terrific.
I'm an avid listener. Audio books are a mini-vacation for me. They fill my "need to read" when I don't have time - which is most of the time. Great element of multi-tasking!
This is one of those books for which you really must be "in the mood" to enjoy. Of course, it's hard to know how that mood can be described, because I THOUGHT the story was about one or two fairly obvious things, but about 10 hours into this 14.5 hour tale, I realized that the book was about something else entirely! I wont give away the story by telling you that the tale is an intersecting story of the lives of 3 sets of people in contemporary Switzerland: an American high-rolling call girl, the mentally simple bell-ringer in a midieval cathederal and a British....what? Spy? Consultant? Posing as a security consultant to the International Olympic Committee. As the tale unfolds, we find who he is, but that's part of the twist. I recommend this book to anyone who likes the juxtaposition of reality and mysticism, and the idea that they just may not be that far apart.
I really enjoy the books I read and hear!
Love this book. Characters are well described and all you want to do is know more about them. Could not stop listening. Great book!
I have been a member of Audible since the mid 90's. I love the format and have listened to hundreds of books. With the new I-Phone version, I can take my stories everywhere with me. Thank you so much for this great service.
The continuation of the mythology of Angles. If you enjoyed this book, you need to read the book entitled "Angles". This novel gives a very good history of the Mythology of the Watchers and the Shadows.
Yes. It was very hard to keep up with who were the goods guys and the bad.
Mark, the young man who is keeper of the light and guardian of the cathedral. He is such a believable and loving character.
Mark's heroic battle with the Shadows.
I hope to enjoy another adventure with Jay Harper as he continues his life as a Watcher.
Willy Wonka of it
Not likely. Aside from the fact most of my friends don't read (or listen to) books, when I DO recommend one, it has to be something fairly standout, and this, sadly, was not.
I would have cut out much of the side-babble nonsense. There's so much content and story in this book that can easily be removed and not affect the overall story or character development in the least. In fact, it would seem in the interest of "character development" the author crams the same ideas, facts and idiosyncrasies down your throat repeatedly until you cringe each time you hear it.
He read this tale very well, especially the accents. I didn't care much for his female voices as they came across as whiny teenager more than anything, but overall, well-played sir. Well-played.
If it were a movie they'd have to condense the heck out of it, so that's a start. However, the story alone wasn't really one I'd want to "relive".
Aside from the above, the author employed a number of... err... techniques that just got to be annoying. For example, much of the story takes place in the cathedral. I know this not only from the context of the conversation and plot, but because the author has to constantly type out echoes for characters when talking... when talking... when talking. Annoying, no? He also does it with the bells. I don't know how many times I heard GONNNNNG! GOOOONNNNG! GOOOOOOONNNNG! before I wanted to cringe, but it didn't take much -- and that was just the beginning of the ride.
The author also likes to dabble in a technique seen most often in movies like Oceans 11 and other bank-heist-type flicks. We leave a scene, cut ahead to some point in the future, and just when you're about to check your iPod to see if it skipped a chapter or two because you seem to be missing something, the author uses some heavy-handed technique (just then, Mark remembered what had happened 10 minutes before....) to take you back to what transpired in the missing moments so that you're all caught up. I guess he was going for suspense and an "A-HA!"... All I could muster was an internal eye-roll.
To cap it all off, the author seems to have tried to make his own universe of rules and laws of angels, demons and men, and never fully explores it, while also managing to shove so much lore into your face via clues and conversation that you begin to expect some big payoff. There never really is. I won't spoil it, but don't expect much from the characters or story after all of the build up.
Not the worst book I've listened to, but lacking enough (especially since it had potential) to annoy me into disliking it more than the story alone deserves.
It's not that that this is a bad book, it's just not that interesting. I'm a big fan of the Book of Enoch (which Jonathan Davis pronounced "Eneck" the whole time, grrr!) and angel- lore but I felt that this wasn't a good "angels are amoung us and people too!" story.
The first good third of the book could have probably been summed up in a couple of paragraphs to give us a feel for the three main characters. In fact, most of the book could have been dealt with in a couple of chapters as backstory, thereby doing away with then need to make this a trilogy.
If you have a credit you really don't know what to do with, listen to the sample. The whole thing. Really