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Erikson writing is exceptional... I found GOTM a hard listen. The story confusing but it felt like I was missing something. I was.
I decided to pick up a hard copy of the book because the story just seemed very interesting.
Each chapter was broken up into subchapters but the production of the audio did not do a good job of seperating the different point of views in each chapter. This made the narration difficult to follow.
When you are reading this you can see the difference. I read the first two parts of the book and got to know the characters before finishing up with the audiobook.
Ralph Lister's narration is great. Not his fault.
If you cannot get into this audio. Try a print copy. it is great. Up there with George R.R. Martin.
Don't waste time. Book was 80% complete before it became mildly interesting. Poor character development.
Someone who likes a confusing story line and keeps a dictionary at arms reach cause he likes to show how smart he is. I wanted something a little lighter but for some this could just be the thing.
Made it more simple and not jumped around when puting the book together this shouldn't be this hard to fallow because if I wanted that I would pull out my text book.
He put me to sleep.
He is good add writing but he needs to write for the common person and map his story better.
More cohesiveness and fluidity.
It was hard to get the flow of the story and the characters were boring. I didn't finish it.
After 2 he's of listening I have no idea on what is going on and I do not care. TERRIBLE.
Bad poetry, disjointed story, cardboard characters, random deep dives into contradictory supposed character traits.
No, I would normally give an author a second chance, but this was so bad I want the time back so no way I'm wasting another minute on listening to or reading drivel of this magnitude.
Story and characters were so bad it was hard to tell if the narrator mattered at all.
The world felt like it had some history, and there were a couple possibly interesting cultures (races? species?) that were briefly mentioned then ignored completely. I understand it started from a GURPs setting the author created or something like that. It might make an interesting setting, but the book unsold me on it too.
This was recommended to me because I love The Black Company series. The only thing this has in common with the Black Company series is that both have military units and magic in them. I've been told that this is the worst of the series, if so the author should pull it from publication and let another book start the series because it was so bad I have no intentions of ever returning to it or the author again. I know it's hard to write a book, the only respect I have for the author is that they obviously put word on paper long enough to call it a book and kudos to him for it. Next time find and use an editor plus a few rewrites before publication.