I was surprised at how much I liked this story. The world was different in a way that most distopian novels are not, which added complexity to the world. It took a little bit of time to get a grasp on the world that I was thrown into, but it made it kind of a mystery. The best part was that you're hurled almost immediately into the action. It took maybe 5 minutes of listening for me to be intrigued. My ears perked up a bit once I realized how different this story was. I truly enjoyed listening to the narrator, Alana. I think she pronounced things correctly (which is a problem with other narrators), and I think she really had the main character's voice down. I really felt like I was in the head of Paige. The only downside to listening to this book instead of reading is that I have no idea how names and places are spelled. I am guessing Warden's name is Octorus? Maybe? No idea what his particular... type... is called. Rafes? No clue. But that's really not a big deal! I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK.
Warden was probably my favorite character, mostly because there was a lot of mystery around him. You could tell from the beginning that he was unique in some way, and it was like a guessing game for me to figure out who he was and what his motives were. I wasn't exactly surprised when I discovered more about him, but I was definitely pleased!
Paige was performed very very well. Sometimes Alana struggled to make males sound male, but she did an excellent job with Paige.
Not at first. I began it on a 4 hour car ride, and by the time the car ride was over I wished I had another few hours to sit and listen. I ended up laying in bed at 3am in the dark just listening so I could find out what happening.
Just put The Mime Order in my cart. Can't wait to find out what happens next! I imagine another late night... I'll have to find a hobby that I can do while I listen, or the next 16 hours will be a LOT of sitting!!
I can be summed up in one word. Handsome, intelligent, honest, humble, brave, exciting, fun, kind, trustworthy, sexy! All these words work.
I listen to a lot of audio books. In fact, I've averaged 3.5 audiobooks a week for the past 4 years. A good reader can really make or break a book. I have listened to insipid and trite books that readers have managed to make a delight. There have also been excellent, well plotted books that have been ruined for me because of a poor reader.
When I considered buying this book I read the summary and listened to the audio sample. Based on what I read and heard I thought that I might enjoy this book. I was wrong. The cadence of the reader is so repetitive that I constantly found my mind wandering. I would catch myself repeatedly not paying attention to the book, then I'd back up the audio, hit play and my mind would wander off again within a minute or two. It doesn't help anything that the reader sounds clinically depressed in addition to the cadence problem.
Did I like the book? I don't really know. I was interested enough to stick with it until the end despite the reader. The world the author creates is interesting. The training to become a red shirt is a little convoluted. The main character is in a horrible environment for a large portion of the book. Someone is consistently kind to her in Oxford and she just doesn't clue in to what that might mean. Does the author give us a good reason for this? Not really. (At least I think the author didn't. Did I mention that my mind wandered a bit?) The plot can not be compared to Swiss cheese, but there are some holes.
Will I listen to the next book in the series if it has the same reader as this one? No way. Will I read the second book in print? Probably not.
Indie writer (Dana Reynolds - Wardenclyffe Trilogy, Rides Eyes of Ghost).
The story is in the Hunger Games genre and I have no doubt it will satisfy those that like the genre. However I got very tired of the characters having horrific and life threatening injuries from torture and battles -- only to hop up the following day and undertake even more strenuous efforts. If you have a stomach for torture and cruelty and can get past the unremarked medical miracles -- you will probably like this.
It was so repetitive and grim, most of the story could have been told in one chapter
I get her premise, but it was so poorly done, on an on about the same thing over and over again and then her explanations were long winded and senseless. Most of it was pointless blah, blah, blah, and even at the end her characters were so underdeveloped, her storyline so thin, I still did not know what her supposed antagonists really were. She left me without any desire to read the second book, it was pretty awful and she left no character likable.
Most of the pointless middle of the book, I don't want to give the story away but believe me we got it early on, we did not need to be beat over the head.
I don't very often leave comments and I read a ton of books, I only comment on what I believe is lacking to the point that I wish I hadn't read/heard it. Had I been sitting still this book would have NEVER been finished, however since I was listening and commuting, not all was lost.
Most importantly, my name is actually Brooke. My audible account is tied to my husband's Amazon account. Bummer...lol.
I think Alana Kerr did an absolutely amazing job narrating. She has a beautiful speaking voice and her accents are wonderful.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I was a bit disappointed that it was marketed as similar to Harry Potter because nothing could be further from the truth. Unless by "similar" they meant both stories include a magical "other world" that is invisible to mortals but that's where the similarities end. That being said, it builds a wonderfully unique, dystopian world of its own. There's not as much action as I had hoped for but it's clear that this first book is building up to bigger and better things. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.
The bone season has a complicated plot introducing clairvoyance as a almost magical trait for which you can be jailed in Britain. The reasons for his soon become clear as in the city of Oxford strange aliens gather 'voyance humans to fight their enemies.
It is a complicated plot with many twists and characters that were hard to follow. I've read the bone clocks and the cloud atlas so I'm used to complicated but this one was the most confusing. I think it might have been easier had I been reading not listening to it.
However I can wait to read/listen to the next book. Great plot and engaging characters.
Story entertains but gets quite confusing sometimes when narrating things in the past.
One way to improve the narration would be if a man and a woman would tell the story, cause it was difficult to distinguish among two characters speech
Addicted to Audible.
The accent was hard for me to listen to. It felt like Charles Dickens meets Harry Potter and the Amulet of Samarkand. It has a lot of reflecting on specifics on the culture and structure of the made up world that I really do not enjoy.
Nothing...it obviously needs a heavy English accent
None, the characters are all needed.
The main character is Irish so getting a narrator with an Irish accent was crucial. Let yourself go with the pacing of this maudeline tale. It's slower than a lot of American novels. Trust me, what you relinquish in speed you more than gain in richness and depth. This story will haunt you long after you've set the book down. I finished this in less than 24 hours.