I should state here, that I am not usually into fantasy and other worlds. What I liked best about this story was the fact that it was a mystery within the fantasy and I could follow both the story in the fantasy world and the mystery.
Colin Bliss because he was the hero of the story and Septimous Marx the love interest. Both are interesting characters and fun to read about.
As I have said, I am really not that into fantasy, but Max Miller's rendition of the story was wonderful. His words flowed so well and I felt he knew the characters and represented them very well. When I first read the book, I got a little lost in all of the "other world" stuff. Max Miller makes it real. You feel you are in the world with Colin and Marx.
Fantasy, gay mystery.
I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation and hope to listen to more of Max Miller and Josh Lanyon presentations.
Pretty much at the top.
Atmospheric, gothic and just a touch of the Lovecraftian horror, plus the dry, intriguing alternative-history fantasy world and the acerbic sarcasm of the narrator make this a one-time experience.
I was very pleased with Max's ability with the voice of the narrator: sophisticated, academic, young and wonderfully sarcastic. Then he did other characters, and I thought for a moment that I was listening to a radio play with multiple voice actors rather than just one talented man. Holy crap -- his accents are spot on, he gaelic sounds spot-on and he can sing, to boot!
Yes. I loved the blending of modern and magic. The whole story was well written, and the narrator was good.
Colin Bliss, the main character. He's thrown into an awkward situation with an ex lover, when he's far away from home, and he makes rash decisions.
There are a few sex scenes in it, but not every 10 minutes, like some other books. Also, there is one little aspect that I wish they has wrapped up a little more, but it's not dire to the plot, so it doesn't bother me too much.
I have most of JL's books, in multiple formatsAs for the narrator, probably, I had some issues with two of the voices in this book, but the rest was good, they did ruin my enjoyment a bit though as I got dragged out of the story when they happened
Ummm, no idea
It wasn't bad, just not my thing, vocal wise
Read the ebook
It took me a little bit to get used to the narrator's voice, but trust me, stick with it because it wasn't too long before I could hardly bear to step away from the story, and I credit Mr Miller's narration for a good part of that. He doesn't rush through the reading of a story, and I'm a fast reader, so that was one of the things I had to get used to. But once I settled in and let him take me on the story's journey, I realized how much of the detail and nuances of the story I'd missed from my fast reading of the ebook version. He has a talent for voices, and each character has a defined 'voice' that makes the listening experience very full and rich.
I have also listened to Max Miller's narration of The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks. And while that narration was very good, this one was even better.
This was the first of Josh Lanyon's fantasy stories I'd read. I'll admit I wasn't sure if I'd like it as much as his contemporaries. I should never have doubted. His storytelling mastery crosses all genres. A fantastic story!
This is one of the few Lanyon books that I’ve read (listen to) where I felt more would have been better. The premise of the story was interesting and the characters were very well suited for one another. However the relationship between Colin and Septimus was lacking the build up that allowed me as reader to believe the lover, my executioner relationship.
The narrator drew me in. At first I wasn’t sure his quiet lulling was going to take me to that place in which I think every good narrator has the gift to do. The place, that allows you to close your ends, and melt away to the time, place and emotion of the characters.
Lanyon came to the shooting range but missed the bull-eyes.
I really enjoy Lanyon writing style. I have a lot of his books.
There is a need for more mm audiobooks with good storyline..
The story was certainly okay, even good, but it is not erotica. Still, the story is a believable type of real life fantasy, extra human power, kind of stuff. Nonetheless, I don't know why it's listed there, as erotica. The few M/M sex scenes are far from explicit. In fact, I don't think the eventual male couple ever actually engaged in intercourse. If so, it was left almost entirely to the imagine. They clearly did "something," but so little detail was provided that I'm not sure. But, even as an erotica fan, that didn't detract from the story. This is due in large part to the exquisite voice power of the narrator. What voice could he NOT do?! Geez! So I think well worth a buy.
This is one of the most enjoyable books I've listened to..I hope Max Miller reads more Lanyon in the future.
Septimos....I love the mysterious and strong type.
I really felt the tension when Septimos told Collin he WILL obey him. Collin reacted as I suspected he would.
I loved this story...Josh Lanyon is the ice cream and Max Miller the whipped cream.
The story is disappointing for me. The characters were good, the main character especially. And I loved the love interest but I just didn't care about the mystery. I did not know why I should care. I would have liked more with the relationship brewing between the main characters or if they were in it together maybe. The use of other worldly terms made language into a foreign language. there are so many uncommon names running around that I just started blocking them out. There was just a lot of talk of reading one book after another but to be fair, this is a book about a book hunter.
Overall, the writing was great, and the audiblebook was well read. I think my reaction to this book has only to do with the fact that it just wasn't for me. I think if you like a good mystery peppered in with magic then you should give this book a try. However, I like a story which moves at a brisker pace.
The man had great range. His voices were distinct. He was just very polished. Great job.
Cut? I'd cut the main characters of the mystery, which is a bad sign.
I am not sure where this author is from. but I'd just like to say that the ONLY time Americans say "what the devil?" is when we're making fun of the British. A few "what the hell"s might have been better.
The writing was good for this book. Dialogue was real and well done. The narrator was TOP NOTCH. the love scenes were sweet. With those factors in mind, it's best to try it for yourself.
As for me, I did not enjoy the book. I forced myself to listen to it till the end, but that's alright because the narrator was good. I felt that it was slow and I couldn't get into the mystery and to be honest, with all the fancy words and fancy names out there, I was a bit surprised to hear the words 'the end of the world spell'. Thought for sure that spell could have a cooler name. I will try this author out again though.