I kept listening to this book hoping that it would, in the end, come together and be a satisfying story....it never did. I felt it left me hanging.....wondering just what it was I suppose 'learn' from the story.
The book review spoke of a eccentric uncle turning his niece into a swords women. It didn't tell me that I would be subjected to descriptive scenes of male on male intercourse which I didn't care for but may be exciting for others. The niece never showed a personal maturity or self discipline in actions other than in practicing the sword. I felt the book was more concerned about the sexual activity between the uncle and his lover instead of developing the character of the niece - which is what the privilege of the sword was supposed to be.
I would have returned it but I waited too long - and i only keep it in my library so i don't get another book like this.
The cast doing the readings were good.
I picked this book up in the 2 for 1 sale based on Neil Gaiman's good name being on it. The ratings listed this as a good book, so I figured it would be good. I can't really say if the story is good, I can say I will not read the book as I have been so turned off by the story as performed by the cast.
This book may be an exciting read, with many interesting characters. It sounded good, the author should not have read this to us if she was not able to provide a reliable performance.
The performance sounds like a librarian is reading to you. Do not listen to this book in your car, it will put you to sleep (ask my wife if you need proof). The voice acting should be handled by professionals not the author of the book, unless they are actors as well. Often, I found myself repeating the phrases that were uttered in a more natural way. Even with my imagination, it was not a good listen, in fact I only got about 4 hours into this book before I had to give up.
I really liked the first in this series, but nearly shut this one off because of the voice acting chosen for Alec. Is it just me, or did he sound constipated all the time? I would have preferred Kushner's version, especially since I'd gotten used to it in "Swordspoint."
the acting was superb, the voices were delightful, but many details left hanging, motivations etc. Overall an enjoyable experience.
I thought this was a very good story and the actors did a nice job giving the reading a play-like feel. However, the editing which joined the different actors' recordings was terrible. Some characters were very hard to hear, so I would turn up the sound, and then the next character would be practically shouting and my ears would get blown out. There needs to be a much better modulation of the sound recording. Be careful when listening. Good book, though.
THIS STORY I HAD HIGH HOPES FOR WITH NEW GREAT SWORDSMEN AND IT SEEM TO BE A LOT OF TALK NO REAL ACTION.
Whoever called this "Jane Austen with swords" has evidently never read any Jane Austen.
I was halfway through the book before I found a storyline I cared to follow to the end. I'm giving the book as much of a chance as I can but I highly doubt it's one I'll want to re-read.
Austen is known for her wit and manners and sly social commentary.
There is nothing sly about this book; in fact, there is rather too much blatantly indecent. If your story doesn't grip the attention without sex, then it's a lousy story.
If you're going to have voice actors, use them for the whole of their parts. I can't stand them switching. The author should stick to perhaps two voices and narration.
I am distracted by the voices, but I suppose the author could pay more attention to what is actually required for sword work. Of course with bent legs the place you feel it is in your butt, most noticeable the next day on stairs.
Cut the narrator's character voices, give the voice actors the whole of their parts.
An interesting story in a weird, fictional land about a society going through rapid change at the same time as the young protagonist is exploring her sexuality. The characters are all interesting, the novel is short. But there is no real complexity or depth to what is going on.
The narrator's did a good job, but the fact that each read their own chapter was a little jarring. I think Felicia Day did well as the main character, but said very few lines of the main character. They were usually spoken by the narrator of that chapter. Though interesting to have different 3rd person and 2nd person narrators for their respective chapters, I found it out to then add other voice actors only occasionally.