I am halfway and that is probably as far as I will go.
If you are really interested in Chinese dynasties then this will interest you.
If you expect a thriller, then you will be sorely disappointed. I fell asleep twice listening to this.
It opened up great, but soon droned on and on and on about Chines history.
This was my first and last Steve Berry book.
Stress is ruining my life and the explanations and exercises explained here gives me hope. One day at a time...
I believe the story could have been so much better if there was more steampunk and less gushy stuff. Adding the performance of Kate to it make it unbearable.
I have been trying for three months to get through this book now but my ears hurt from all the yelling. Why Kate thinks it is OK to do that in an audiobook is beyond me. There are tons of examples on how to handle situations were the sutuation calls for it.
A couple of pointers to anyone performing a book: We use ear/headphones to listen. If you change your voice, ie yelling or wispering, it makes it difficult on the ear. There are other methods to handle those situation. Please research them. This is not a perfomance on a stage...
Too many story arcs with not enough progress to keep me interested in the follow up books.
This will be my last one for this series.
Loved the book. Good character building and decent world.
The magic system is not exactly ground breaking and the story of an orphan getting into his/her powers is very over used these days, but the story (journey) is still well told and an enjoyable journey.
I am a bit concerned about the multiple story arcs especially since a few are still unconnected by the end of book one
I cannot stand another WOT series.
Hopefully things will start to pan out in book two.
Good opening that got the interests raised, but then there is just hour after hour of fluff that adds nothing to the arc. If the author would have dropped a crumb of a clue to the direction the story is going, but it is mostly a monologue about how stupid the protagonist is...
No thank you.
This is adventure in its purest form. If you are looking for enless battles look somewhere else. This journey takes you from a boy "discarded" by his father to an order of warriors to a man that experience everything from bitter training to war to love.
There is only the semblance of magic in the adventure, but it does not detract from an excelently told tale.
Steven Brand's performance of the work never detracted from the actual story that unfolds and was very easy on the ear without being boring.
I don't easily give high praise, but this book does deserve it and I am looking forward to listening to the next installment and I will look for other books performed by Steven.
Typical Jack Reacher - lots of action with a decent story line behind it.
The one thing that made me rate this lower is the use of "I said nothing".
It must be used 300 to 400 times in the book, well it felt like it anyway. Someone with the text version can go and count it...
Takes time to get used to Dick Hill, but now I enjoy his way of telling the story.
The endless dialogs was taken 5 steps too far in this one...
Only one thing happens and it is smack in the middle of the book. The rest of the dialog is so far fetched that not even rolling the eyes would do it justice.
I really don't understand how this book can have such a good rating.
It even ends abruptly and left me looking for a missing chapter.
Just finished a marathon listening session...
I was so looking forward to this book and feel somewhat disappointed in the way this finished, almost like leaving room for yet another book.
The first half of the book is actually pretty good with the feel of a great epic story coming to an end, but then the battle starts and keeps on going and going and going and going.
So many hero's die that I start to think that somehow they all will wake from the dream in the end.
Then the end came suddenly and even though the epilog is almost an hour long things are not wrapped up properly, instead trying to become a massive tear jerker.
I think a lot of the exhausting battle time could have been used to clean up a lot of the threads that is left untied.
I know a lot of reviewers will give this book a 5 purely because the series has been that good, but there is no way this book should get anything above a 4.
Better language, maybe I am old fashioned, but using F--k and Sh-t to make up word count puts me off.
Dumb female character is so 60's...
Yes, Benjamin puts in a good performance and made this book almost listenable.
Not so much cut as upgrade. I know the author wants to "set a scene", but most of the work is just sloppy and rely on idiots for it to work.
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