The story was pretty good for a new comer. She will improve I'm sure. I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it instead of listening to it because I did not care for the reader. I will recommend my friends read it but will not recommend audio edition.
Not at all.
For a rookie writer, this is a great start. The dystopic world she imagined is really engaging- but I just couldn't muster a sense of connection for the characters.
A good read. This was a nail bitter never knew what would come next. The ending left me rewriting it in my head.
Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.
Spotty writing with slow points of attention lagging plot.
No. I think it is probably a good book for a first effort and that should be rewarded, but selected as a book put forward by a book group? Is it a relative on the selection board?
The narration was deplorable. The heavy Irish Brogue was difficult to understand especially considering the new vocabulary you needed to learn to comprehend the story. In addition, the shortness of the syntax was just downright annoying if you are over the age of 17. This book is not suitable for audio listen.
I honestly couldn't say as, try though I might, I could not stand to listen any longer.
It might be better to READ Bone Season rather than listen to it. That way you could have a better chance of figuring out the vocabulary. Someone referenced the Harry Potter series and I would have to agree that they have their own language al-a Hogwart-ize. It is also rapt with violent, cruel and meaningless killings but that is what you might want for a Halloween read. I did not enjoy this listen.
Disappointing writing style. It's a great concept for a book, but only a quarter of a way into it I was convinced it was written for a teen just starting middle school. Simplistic writing style, simplistic and predictable character interactions. Too bad.
I loved Paige's voice and character. The plot moved quickly and it was easy to get swept up by the action and the interesting setting.
It was like Harry Potter because of the aspect of some of the people have magic powers and others not having them. Shannon made the world of the novel very intricate and rich, which I enjoyed. It was also like Hunger Games because of the dystopian setting and the overall attitude of the characters of fighting to stay alive.
I have listened to ALOT of audiobooks. (might even have a problem :) I have to say this narrator is probably the best I've heard. It's a good book that looks to me like the beginning of a series. While it isn't great literature it's a ripping good yarn. But again - awesome narrator.
cliched characters, weak story, not very engaging
none, they just weren't very interesting
not really, it was chore to listen to.
Obscure uneven tale made even more inscrutable by singsong narration in a British accent (note: it's NOT written in iambic pentameter, although Alana's unfortunate phrasing paces it that way, and in a breathy whisper...ugh)