I thought the story would be more serious with epic battles and serious danger, so at first I was not finding the story engaging. However, when I realized that it was written more like "The Princess Bride" than "Conan the Barbarian," I found my self unexpectedly laughing out loud at some of the dialog. It does drag slightly, but I enjoyed it overall and couldn't wait to turn it back on when I got in the car.
First I must say that I LOVE listening to Kobna Holdbrook-Smith read to me as Peter Grant. He has a masterful command of timing and cadence and the slight changes and inflections make it feel more like he's TELLING you the story than reading it. (Delightful!)
Ben Aaronovitch has created a very interesting story with great characters. I am already looking forward to the next book BECAAAUUUSE (say it like Peter Grant), this one ended way too soon!! Gimme more, I must know what happens next!
Great story, well read. Kept me interested every step of the way. Different from my usual type of audible entertainment. She's a great author.
In agreement with the other reviews I'd like to add my appreciation of the humor and style of this book. Ruddy the Repo Man is very likable however, some of the people he deals with are hare-brained numbskulls but not so irritating that I wanted to throw something. Overall, well written, well read enjoyable piece of work.
while this may not be the MOST entertaining book I've listened to, it was worth a credit and I enjoyed it.
Excellently written. The pacing is spot on. Some writers get so bound up in the details that they lose my interest, but Robert Galbraith has once again put forth an entirely entertaining book that kept me interested throughout. Robert Glenister's performance leaves nothing to be desired. He gives voice to the variety of characters with distinct differences making it easy to follow conversations as if i'm actually reading it myself.
I'm ready for the next one! This was written in 2011, I expect there's more on the horizon.
After discovering that the author is really JK Rowling, I read the reviews and decided to spend my new credit. I'm so glad I did. The story held my interest, the reader was very easy to listen to, the two main characters were completely likable. I started listening to it again the next day after I finished it because I wanted to see what I'd missed the first time around. I enjoyed it even more. Great book!
I almost didn't purchase this book because of the reviews talking about the new and obvious accent. Frankly I thought it was about time that she be read with some kind of accent since it's mentioned repeatedly. Maybe it was because I was forewarned, but it really didn't bother me at all. I would like to say that Sandra Burr has become a much better narrator since the first book. Her timing and tone have vastly improved and she puts much more emotion into it. I've read these books over and over again and there's simply nothing new to say about the story.
I am so disappointed in the narration of one of my favorite books. I have all the books in the Earth's Children series. I've read them so many times I almost know them by heart. Perhaps that's why this narrator's voice strikes me so wrong but her voice is high and her speech patterns almost juvenile sounding more like a Disney Princess than a strong young woman finding a way to survive the harsh prehistoric world.
If you can get past the voice, please give this book a chance. It's a wonderful story and beautiful well written series. It's worth your time.
This will be a short review because there are already so many that say it well. I hesitated to start this book due to a comment from another reviewer that the jumps between timeframes was not well handled and she found herself sometimes lost. I want to assure you that the time frames are well marked prior to the chapter and I didn't find it confusing at all. Don't hesitate, this is a great book!
I love listening to Larry Correia's work I have every book in the Monster Hunter series. His characters are not average folks you deal with every day, but they're not so quirky that you can't relate to them either. The timing and rhythm of the story flows very organically and I anticipate returning to it.
Larry is obviously knowledgeable about firearms and comfortable writing about them, but I didn't feel left out of the loop even though I know next to nothing about guns. This series and also the Grimnoire Chronicles are books I return to again and again when I'm without a new book.
Oliver Wyman is a very good narrator and the voices remain consistent from one book to the next.
This is truly one of my favorites series.
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