As usual, Simon Jones does a wonderful Bartimaeus! This book was a good listen to the very end and I enjoyed the whole series.
The story line is full of clever details and the characters come alive with the wonderful narration complete with accents. It's my newest addiction and makes me laugh out loud. Who says these are just for kids?
I have loved this series since I downloaded the first book. Gerard Doyle is an extremely talented narrator who brings the characters to life. Once again Paolini did a wonderful job of writing suspencful scenes full of action balanced with parts of the book which further describe the mysterious land of Alegasia. I was very sad for the series to end as I have grown very attached to all of the characters (even the bad guys!). I'm sure that Paolini is ready to write something different and expand his professional skills as a writer, but I hope this is not the last we see of Sophera and Eragon. His writing has been very inspirational to me. I look forward to reading all of his new books in the future.
I really struggled to finish this book. This story is very hard to follow since the author adds in meaningless side stories in between the multiple story lines already in the story. I'm not sure if he assumed that his readers/listeners have read his previous books, but he does not explain the characters and tribes well at all. I was very confused for the first half of the book trying to figure out who was who's son and who their enemies were. If he would have explained better and just kept to the two main story lines it would have been a good book.
The narrator does not help since he makes most of the characters sound half stupid by stuttering each line and adding inflection to the end of each sentence. He only has three voices for his characters, squeeky boy voice, squeeky woman, and gruff man. So several characters sound the same and when they are talking to each other it's hard to keep them straight. I'm glad I got this one on a super cheap sale, otherwise I would be pretty unhappy. Definately won't buy any of his other books.
I loved this book and have already listened to it three times. Cassandra Campbell's characterizations are wonderful and make it easy to follow the characters without sounding over dramatized. I love the story and I thought it was even better than the first book about Neffertiti and her sister. This book describes Neffertiti's neice, Neffetari and follows her journey to become Queen along side Rames II. I also love Moran's historical notes at the end of novels. I hope she writes another!
After listening to other stories about Henry VIII's court I was curious about his other wives. Although the story and narration weren't stellar, I still found it interesting book and had no problems finishing it. If you are interested in this period of English history I recommend this book. It felt like peeking into the lives of the courtiers and political drama of that time period. It recounts all of the king's wives through the eyes of his last wife from the time she is a girl. It also describes Henry's rise and fall from a young handsome man to a bitter and fat old one. Every author adds their own twist to some of the controversial theories surrounding Henry's wives and his justification for killing or divorcing them. I thought this was an interesting take on them.
The first half of the story was very interesting and flowed well. By the second half I was wishing her into a dungeon myself! The narrator was WAY too dramatic throughout the story. So much so that at some points it was almost comical. I could harldy finish this book. Don't waste your credits on this one.
While the historical accuracy is questionable, I still enjoyed the story and felt the characters come to life. I was a little dissapointed in the ending, I felt it was a bit abrupt, as if the author wasn't sure how to end it. Her other book, The Heretic Queen was better. I enjoy Cassandra Campbell as the narrator, she is easy to understand and doesn't over dramatize like some narrators.
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. She blends the facts in with her fictional characters very well. Having listened to and watched several biographies on Caesar Octavian I was impressed the all the historical facts she incorporated into the story while bringing the people to life. I would highly recommend to other listeners even if you're not interested in ancient roman history. It stands on its own!
After watching the TV series Rome I was wondering how much was historically accurate so I downloaded this book. The first half was very interesting and gives a unique view of Caesar Augustus's rise to power. The second half of the book was a bit confusing at times because the author jumped back and forth on the time line. Overall it was a good book and well narrated. It made the historical figure seem more like a living, breathing human rather than the stoic figure so often depicted in marble.
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