I thought, since one main character was supposed to be a detective, that there should be a mystery in it. It turned out to be just a fantasy, much sounding like it was written for children but having way too much violence, sex, and profanity for any child I'd want to know. That said, I was slow to realize that most of the characters were not real people at all. I thought they just needed medication. They didn't get it, and by the end had all gone off the deep end in the most teenage zombie b-movie way imaginable. Now I have to go kick myself around the block a couple of times for once again, incredibly, being taken in by publisher and apparently friends of the author reviews. That said, there were some points having nothing to do with the story or the performance where I though it could have morphed into a good book, but guess I'll have to use my own imagination for that.
Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.
Yes. It's one of those books that stays with you, and no matter how many times you read it, you feel like you're reading it for the first time.
Being able to write one memorable moment is very difficult. I loved how Mark spoke to the bells, and when he didn't understand what someone said, he would say simply, "I don't know what that means."
He didn't change his voice for the characters. His voice was gentle and clear. I would listen to anything he narrated.
The Hero and the Bells.
I can't say it enough, READ THIS!
I have taught my two boys at home for the last 8 years. A love of literature of all kinds led me to Audible.
I'm not a reader who needs instant gratification. I love a good telling that slowly unfolds with patience and character development. I adore novels that immerse me in the settings so I feel as if I was part of the tale. This novel was none of these things. I understood the format the author used. I could guess the plot was headed somewhere but I cared so little for the people in the story that I was thoroughly frustrated as the novel went on. The story seemed more focused on attempts at being cryptic that it's delivery is cold and hard. When I read, o don't expect to HAVE to make myself sit down and endure. This one was not for me.
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, I love to learn about a great many things, and I enjoy a wide variety of genres. Me, bored? Never!
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.
If you have 21+hours to invest in a so-so story, then yes.
I was glad that the story eventually progressed and reached an ending. I had my doubts, but was somewhat surprised by the ending.
Shorten the book by at least 7 hours
No, unless it is cut down to a manageable size story.
Good idea and good story, just too much background and too much detail on side stories.
Married mother of three teenagers, back to work after 15 years at home - when I read a lot. Now I am the assistant to the Mayor of Omaha and work at least 60 hours a week, and on top of what I have to do at home - no more books. This lets me listen to the classics, the latest, whatever I want. I can learn or escape. I have always love audio books, but now I NEED them.
I was uncertain how to categorize this book, and now that I am done, I am even more uncertain. It is not classic lit like Hunchback, and it is not religious, in spite of the references to a forgotten book of the Bible and angels. It is a mystery wrapped in a supernatural snuff film. Weird enough? Wait. High priced/smart alec call girl I really liked, the slow but SOOOOO sweet bell ringer at the church I want to bake cookies for, and an "investigator" who may be a complete hot mess, all chasing angels and dead people killed in truly creative and terrifying ways, and I love them all. Their set-ups are very cliche, but very quickly after meeting them, I didn't care. Maybe I shouldn't love this, maybe this book follows no acceptable method of writing I learned in English class, but I loved it, I still think about the story and the characters, and I have no higher praise for any book.
No. It was a very long book. Story was engrossing at times but not enough to re-read.
Yes, U would try another. This is his first book, it will be interesting to see how his writing matures.
He did a great performance as a cat. I also enjoyed his performan of the lead 3 characters, Marc, Harper, and Catherine.
No. Much to long to read in one sitting. It took me three days to complete the book.
This book was a very mixed experience. The characters were well-written and unforgettable; very endearing. The mystery story is intriguing. It was the fantasy part of the story that seemed to be a mishmash of fantasy and multiple religions lumped together. The story probably could have been better without the fantasy element. I also was not fond of the ending; it was not satisfying to me at all.
So boring. Nothing else to say. I can't remember anything about it. I became catatonic. I could not get pass second chapter.
Don't waste your credits.
I really wanted to get into this book. The publishers summary and other feedback drew me to this story. The summary sounds interesting for the genre, well known reader, interesting locations, buildings, history, detectives, and the possibility of fairy tale underworld.
I have listened to many other books narrated by Jonathan Davis, and did a fine job and trying to bring this story to life.
The story leaves me wanting more than what I have found included with in the book. I'm currently about 1/3 the way through the book and the story has not hooked me yet. I see where the story is going, I'm not sure what the end looks yet, and I'm not sure that I will ever know. At this point I have not been drawn into caring about the characters enough to care how to see how the story will unfold. The descriptions of the historic and beautiful locations have not generated the imagery that I had hoped to draw me into the location and time of the story. Fortunately looking at images of the cities and buildings and reading about their history online can do the job where the author fell short for me.
So for now, I've read a few more reviews and strongly considering skipping the remaining portion of the book and leave the end a mystery.