If you like epic fantasy loaded with intrigue, twists, and turns, you should like this first installment of the Dagger and the Coin series. One of things that stood out was the world building; that grounded feeling that the places in the story have been around for a while. The characters are well rounded and believable, not to say they are all nice, flaws abound, and that make them interesting. The multiple POV's and plot lines are enough keep you on your toes and listening.
Though I enjoy Captain Marcus Wester's POV chapters and especially his dynamic with Yardem Hane, Cithrin Bel Sarcour stole the show for me. Her growth and change (again not all for the good) from a protected girl-child to self sufficient young woman was masterfully done.
When Marcus and Yardem first come across the troupe and Marcus formulates his plan to re-assemble a company. Brings out a smile just thinking about it.
Though 17+ hours is a bit much for one sitting, at least for me; I did find myself lingering to keep listening.
A credit WELL spent. Thanks to both Daniel Abraham and Audible. Having said that, get off the schnide and release The King's Blood" already, and while you're at it, you can produce "The Tyrant's Law" too. These book are just too good to leave un-produced.
If you like twists and turns in a plot, where the details matter, and things don't quite go where you expect, then pick up Serpent in the Thorns. You'll have to pay attention to the little things and don't forget to take some of them at face value. The story doubles back on itself, and some questions about Crispin's fall from knighthood are answered. Crispin and Jack are central, but pay attention to those around them. As the story unfolds you see some real character growth in Crispin and Jack. As for other characters, the sheriff plays a smaller part then in the first book, and Gaunt played a larger one. Richard as written is petty, vindictive, and throughly unlikable. It all wraps up in a really good ending. I'll be picking up the next one in the series soon.
Although it was published in 1990, at times it feels older, hence the mediocre recommendation. But there were stretches when I was completely engrossed. The book is written in the first person and that immediacy pulls you in. On other occasions it feels like a friend going on about something less than interesting. And maybe that is what Martin Booth was going for? I enjoy the details of a book, and the author get a lot right. Senior Farfalla is most intriguing when he goes into explaining the particulars of being one of the worlds greatest gunsmiths. The other times ... well, you get the idea. Regardless of that I found myself wanting to listen on. I will likely sample this one again, and I suppose that is the sign of a good book.
Like most "first in a series" fantasy books I enjoyed entering a new world, meeting and getting to know new characters, and of course experiencing the story as it unfolds. And this has been a particular favorite since high school. Perhaps it's the way Nine Princes progresses. Corwin learns of his family situation at the same time that we do, a masterful job by Rodger Zelazny of putting the reader into the story. If you have never experienced the world of Amber give it a listen. The performance might not be the best, but the story is well worth the credit. But be warned, you might just get hooked on the whole series.
I am sorry to say it was the performance that hurt this book and the reason I will likely not purchase the rest of the first half of this series. There is just something about Alessandro Juliani's voice, pacing, and inflection that takes away from the story, at least for me. This is the first of Alessandro's books I have listened too and I didn't care for it. I have listened to samples of other performances and he seems to get better.
I enjoyed The Killer so much that I've listened to it three times already...and I am sure I will again. Although he is not a good guy, Victor lives by rules, a lot of rules. And they are geared to keeping him alive in a world and profession that is unforgiving of mistakes. Why do I keep going back for a fresh listen? It's because Tom Wood gets the little things right. He researches the equipment and his character motivation is nothing but spot-on. Everything is believable and unpredictable. All of that makes for a good story.
In all fairness I expected an historical fiction piece, not a romance; so I could overlook the occasional barrage of "massive chest" references. The cheesy dialogue really took me out of the story.
A little research into medieval weapons would have been nice. Early on Kathryn writes Sir Kieran's broadsword weighs in at 30 lbs. I thought it might be a typo, but nearer the end of the book she writes that the sword is 33 lbs. That ONLY 7 to 10 TIMES heaver than any real broadsword. Can you imagine swinging a 30+ pound plank of steel all day when your life depends on it? No, that's because no matter how massive anyones chest or arms are you can't swing 30 pounds all day and expect to live.
Brian's performance is the best part of this selection, give him more of a story to work with and he will only make it better.
The insight of a soviet spymaster is more than enlightening; he gives answers to questions western intelligence services didn't even know to ask. Although I like and read history, I tend to listen to fiction; having said that, I really enjoyed this one. If you like popular histories, and the nuts and bolts of cold war espionage, this might be the book for you.
This was my first foray into Foreworld. Although The Book of the Seven Hands is listed as the seventh Foreworld story, but I think it stands well on it's own. If you are a fan of Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, Pierre Pavel's Cardinal's Blades, or Dumas' Musketeers, then try this. I am looking forward to experiencing the other Foreworld stories.
It's not huge (in terms of the story) but if you enjoy a little hinted at surprise or two in a book ending, you won't be disappointed.
This is the first Nick Podehl book I have listened to. I thought it added to the story.
I downloaded the free kindle book although I had not started to read it yet. I picked the Audible copy up to whispersync them. I didn't make it out of Ch 2 before I had had enough. I thought it would be a funny yet straightforward take on a mother of three hunting the people responsible for her husbands murder. It's not...for me at least. Too much graphic sex and not enough story.
Perhaps the next Crispin Guest, or Victor the assassin novel?
Didn't love Melissa Moran's work, although it's honestly hard to say. The story bothered me so much I didn't really get a chance to truly gauge the performance.
The basic plot is interesting, I just don't care for the way Josie Brown goes about fleshing out the story. I can deal with sex in a book (i.e. George R.R.Martin's work) when I have to, but enough is enough, and as I said I wasn't out of chapter 2 when I pulled the face curtain and punched out.
Unless you like a (very) trashy (romance??) novel, I'd pass this one by. I'll be dumping my free copy off the kindle as well.
I enjoyed the midlevel setting nearly as much as the characters Jeri and Michael bring to life. Crispin is a likable guy, not perfect buy any means, but he is very likable. I know it's not going to happen anytime soon but I still found myself pulling hard for him to regain his former glory. Maybe someday? Of course Crispin (and Jack) take center stage, but the secondary and tertiary characters as just as enjoyable (or dislikable) in their roles. The sheriff in particular was fun follow through the story.
I found the plot-threads kept the story fresh. Crispin is called in to investigate a murder. Then he is asked to look into... something else as well. As the story unfolds you appreciate the complexity of the plot and all the while Crispin's fall from nobility hangs in the background. I really liked the way the story fits together.
I have seven other books that Mr. Page narrates in my library. This one is at least as good as Michael's other performances. Some other reviewers don't seem to care for his work, but I find his narration adds to the story.
This book went far to quickly and I'm looking forward to purchasing the next in the series.
I tend to rate books/performances lower than most people, so if you're a fan of mysteries and/or historical fiction give Crispin a chance. I think you'll enjoy the listen.
I first read about Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser in high school. The years have past, yet I was pleased to see the story was as enjoyable as I remembered. A definite addition to your collection ... if you enjoy reading about lovable rouges forging strong friendships while experiencing fascinating adventures. The Snow Women, and the Unholy Grail are fun, but the Hugo and Nebula winning "Ill Met in Lankhmar" is a personal favorite.
As a good narrator should, the performance only added to the story.
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