Somewhere near the top in some ways, but I've listened to a lot of audiobooks...
The narration was good. The time travel concepts worked for me, and seemed logical.
I wasn't a fan of the way the characters would occasionally bicker with each other. They argue at bad times for bad reasons, and it seems that bickering is used to fill up story that could be used for something else. I can't honestly say I liked any of the characters.
A better story. Other than nailing the genre of 'steampunk', there was nothing that grabbed me in the first 2h of listening.
The tension in the opening sequence didn't feel tense for me. Bad guys missed their gun shots at point blank range but somehow jumped off of a moving zeppelin onto another aircraft, mid-air. I never once felt like the characters (good or bad) were in danger.
Any of them. He does great accents.
The reader was great. I'd listen to something else read by him for sure. As for the book itself... I couldn't finish it, so it's hard to say.
I really liked the first two books in this series, and I'm not sure what went missing in between the last book and this one. I highly recommend the previous two novels.
A well read and well written book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I liked most of the characters, his action and war scenes were well thought-out, and his universe is vast in scope. My only criticism is the women: they feel clunky to me, like Larson doesn't quite get how to write them. Mark Boyett's reading was excellent.
Marguerite Gavin is fantastic as a reader, but this is a good stopping place for me. I've listened to or read the entire series up to this point. While I've enjoyed it, I'm finished with The Hollows after this one, and here's why: Rachel makes the same mistakes she makes in all the other books, and the series has become formulaic.
She knows martial arts but gets into hair pulling fights that don't use her skills; she falls for bad men, berates herself for it, and does it anyway; she doubts her magical abilities even though she's bested... well, the best. She insults quickly and takes offense at perceived slights quickly, and she refuses to think before doing or saying anything. She acts much like an insecure teenager, not like an adult, although I suppose I've met adults who act like teenagers, so maybe that's a moot point. I could tolerate her personality for a while, but it's become exhausting. I don't want to want to smack the main character of a book every other chapter.
The writing itself has become tiresome for me as well. "Crap on toast", "tink's _____", and "if you don't _______ I'll ______" with nothing to back up the threat are just as common here as all the other books. The book starts and ends with a fight, like all the other books. Rachel is left on her own, nearly dies, and finds "strength in her friends" at the end, just like all the other books. She solves some problems and makes some new ones, leaving the series open for sequels... it's never-ending.
It's been a good ride overall though!
The voice acting was amazing... Lando, Han were dead on. Story was good too!
Classic Joe Abercrombie
All of it. The story was good, the narrator was good.
I had many, but I'd rather not post spoilers.
I would have liked it if the mages made more of an appearance, but I understand that Joe needs to save something for other books!
At the top.
Hard to say what was best. It wasn't a typical Pratchett story, in that it wasn't a discworld novel. However, it was a great story about about communication across cultural and linguistic boundaries and understanding one's sense of place in the world.
His voice is perfect, his characters excellent. I wish he read all audiobooks, regardless of author or genre.
Laugh, for sure!
Buy it now.
It's Pratchett, in ye olde London, in the sewers. There's a woman in distress, a scoundrel, lots of rats, an assassin, and Charles Dickens, and Briggs is reading it... you want this book.
All of them. He's a killer narrator.
Buy it now.
A better narrator. I couldn't finish it... I had to borrow a paper-back so I could read it at a proper speed.
The narrator was totally wrong for this novel. It's a long novel; you need an energetic reader for it. It was read slowly and calmly enough to put my 6-month old to sleep, easily.
Don't waste your money/audible credits, and buy the paperback if you want to read it.
This was my first 'read' of a steampunk book, although I've been aware of the genre for a while. Phoenix rising grabbed me early and never got boring. The writing is excellent, and the mix of steam-driven computers, Babbage-inspired mechanical gizmos and Victorian era mystery is convincing. James Langton does a good job voice acting the characters, and nearly got me to listen to the whole thing non-stop, to the dismay of my wife. I'd recommend this novel to mystery and fantasy alike.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.