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There area lot of great ideas in the story. Interesting locations and characters I want to get to know better. But somehow, they did not come to life for me. This is a disadvantage, since I am not living in the æther, after all. There are many bones, but no meat in the soup.
No clue. A better recommending system by Audible would be helpful. ;-)
The performance is quite okay. I like readers with a broader ability for creating voices for the characters, though.
First, couriosity, sometimes boredom and relief in the end.
I'll give one of the next books of Shannon a shot. She'll improve.
This book was really hard to get through. Not because of the story, however. The story I feel like was great, but the girl who reads it sounds like she's reading a bedtime story. She literally sounds like she'd just as soon fall asleep! It was awful! Zero animation or influx to her voice. Frankly, I will finish this series, but in Kindle, so I don't have to listen to her drone on. I think she forgot she was reading fantasy; this sounds more like a textbook.
Literally ANYONE else!
No, not worth "listening", but worth a READ.
The concept of this book is very interesting - it looks into the future to 2059, and rewrites history back to 1859 when some sort of alien race arrived on Earth. The characters are interesting, and the plot is solid.
HOWEVER. The first 2/3 of the book are essentially ruined by Paige's self-destructive tendencies. "I was starving, but I wouldn't eat because I hated him so much." "I was in incredible pain, but I would refuse the medicine because I hated him so much." "I was thirsty, but I would refuse water because I hated him so much." So, she hated her prison guard because he was her prison guard, and as a result she would basically cut off her nose to spite her face? Her stubbornness and self-destructive inclinations really detracted from what could have been a great story.
And, the narration is just not very good. Perhaps I've been spoiled by recent books I've read with great narration, but Alana Kerr's performance is not very good. Paige constantly sounds weary and downtrodden - fine, but after a while it makes the book weary to listen to.
Because the story itself is so interesting, I understand why a lot of people love this book. But the combination of poor narration and getting beaten over the head by the main character undeserving hatred for her prison guard made this book an overall disappointment for me.
This is an amazing world of moving between the living and the dead. I was sucked in by the end of the first chapter and finished the book the next day.
One big qualm is the publisher promoting this book as the next Harry Potter. This book feels nothing like Harry Potter. So don't expect that. Instead enjoy the deep story created here.
I loved the imagination of the author. She build the characters well. But, if a book is a picture into the author's soul...oh is there some darkness there. I had to slog through the pages of depression but it was worth it. Take a look. There are more books coming in this series.
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This is both the debut novel by young British writer Samantha Shannon and the first in a lengthy series featuring the protagonist, Paige Mahoney.
Many people are asking whether this series might be the next Harry Potter. This is setting yourself up to be disappointed - comparisons will fall short of expectations. Rather, approach this novel as a fantasy novel set in Britain where magic exists and a host of clairvoyants are eking out their existences throughout the UK.
This is a tale of magic, of the spirit world, of seeking after freedom and liberty, of a world where people are trying to survive in spite of a system that seeks to destroy them. (For a more focusd plot summary that won't spoil things, you can trust the one Audible provides).
If you enjoy getting lost in the idea of another realm and its magic, you'll enjoy the time you spend in The Bone Season. Go in with an open mind, and I think you'll enjoy yourself.
A note on the narration - Alana Kerr reads very well, her accent is a pleasure to listen to, but sometimes you do need to concentrate to determine which character is speaking during conversations (there are no specific voices for many of the characters).
The story was interesting, once I got a grasp on what what going on, but the accent and made up terms made it confusing. (What is a molisher? It's clearly some kind of slang, but...)
Maybe. It seemed a bit of a rehash of Hunger Games and Divergent, with a bit of spiritual mysticism thrown in to make it "interesting"
Wow. Anyone? The narration was monotone, monotonous and not "acted" at all. During dialogue I was constantly losing track of who was meant to be speaking, and even during the action sequences I felt like the narrator was delivering a police report in court. I may have actually liked the story better with a different narrator.
No, the story wraps up pretty well. It did feel like there was a sequel setup, but I can't imagine how that could happen without it feeling like every other teen girl warrior series out there right now.
It's ok. I see why it was recommended for me. But it was a mediocre addition to the genre.
The speculative fiction premise and world-building efforts that have gone into this book are undeniably rich. The author has done a fine job of situating her story in an alternative history which pulls in threads of Anglo-Irish history, the explosive popularity of spiritualism in the 19th Century and the very contemporary rhetoric of the far right. She has also done a wonderful job with settings - especially that of an abandoned and resurrected Oxford.
But this is most definitely a piece of Young Adult fiction. Like 'Twilight' and, its erotic spin-off, 'Fifty Shades of Grey', 'The Bone Season' relies for much of its plot tension on the irrational and mercurial emotional shifts of its young female protagonist. There is little learning process, or actions based on acquired understanding - as one expects from a novel populated with and read by adults. Instead, a repetitive cycle of mood changes power much of her decision making process.
This is a pity, because the author has created some intriguing adversaries and questionable characters who, had they been explored with more maturity, could have resulted in a far more compelling and less irritating story.
I think young adults will love this book. I think they will relate to the main character and her volatile shifts in both intellect and agency. But for me, it felt like waves of artificial emotional tension masquerading as plot structure.
A good narrator can make a mediocre book come alive. I love having a story read to me - it's a wonderful escape.
This book has gotten a lot of hype and I suspect many will think it is warranted. Honestly, I might have enjoyed it with a different narrator. Ms. Kerr has a beautiful voice but it is too monotone and uneventful for my taste. I would probably employ her voice for some poetry rather than this highly energetic story. She left me bored and disinterested and even "sang" me to sleep a couple of times.
Other than that, I believe the story is a good one. It started out very strong, but waned during the middle and didn't really build well into any type of crescendo. I really wanted to like it, but didn't really.
As I understand it this is the first of a new series. I will try the next book in the series, but if the same narrator is used, I will read it instead to see if that helps me enjoy it.