The Sword of Mercy is another great book from Barry and Pearson. Although the story is a little more predictable I still greatly enjoyed every minute of it. Jim Dale once again did a wonderful job of narrating the story. I hope that they continue the series as I throughly enjoyed all three books.
The material in the book was wonderful and really makes you rethink how you've been viewing yourself and your life. The narrator made it difficult to tell if it was another person's story or the author's first person story because she didn't change her inflection or tone when switching back and forth.
I've listened to other books by Brene but it was more powerful to hear her go through the training and relate her personal stories. listening to this course will open your heart.
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.
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!
As usual, Simon Jones does a wonderful Bartimaeus! This book was a good listen to the very end and I enjoyed the whole series.
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