This is not a typical fantasy novel, and not a single spell is cast, that takes a very different approach to the story telling. No brawny warriors or mystic mages are at the forefront, it follows a byzantine path that lays the groundwork for the fundamental story told through the eyes, varying chapter by chapter, of a small group of characters.
Geder was probably my favorite character because he was the most significantly transformed throughout the story and it's really unclear whether the changes are for the better.
All the character voices were distinctive and recognizable and he managed to do women's voices well.
Easily in the top 2. Just a wonderful work and performance. I'm a huge Charles de Lint fan and there are strong similarities.
Morwenna's first time at the book club, really resonated with me. I would have loved to have that experience as a kid.
Just flawless. The performance elevated an amazing book to new levels. Often I hear a character's voice in my head but Kellgren's performance was so much better than I could have possibly imagined.
So much of Morwenna's childhood feelings if isolation and otherness mimicked my own growing up in the same era. Certainly, there could have been pandering to a like-minded audience but this never felt like anything other than authentic.
No, I would likely not try another book by this author or performance by this narrator.
No,, just the author.
Most of the time his performance could be described as "breathless." By this I don't mean exciting I mean that it felt like he was out of breath while reading. Additionally, oftentimes, his performance did not match what was happening in the book based upon contextual statements from the book's actual narrative, for example somebody is described as polished and professional but there was nothing in the performance that would indicate that.
Mae. Her naivete was not credible nor was she, in any way, likable which meant I was at no point rooting for her.
I read a lot of fantasy and science fiction and as a result I have no issues with willing suspension of disbelief, however the amount of credulity that this book requires around human motivation and reactions is completely inconsistent with reality.
While the story does progress the characters, for the series is very much a popcorn treat that I"m likely not to return to an individual book, at least not anytime soon.
The story did a great job picking up where the last one left off and, while not necessarily picking up the pieces, things moved forward. However, while I do love the character of Oberon I really felt like there was just way too much of him in Tricked. That said, I also felt like there was far too little of him in the prior book, Hammered, so it may be that Hearne is trying to fine-tune the "right amount."
Daniels is an excellent voice actor and makes every character recognizable by voice, alone. Oberon, in particular, is infused with personality that I'm not sure would come across quite the same way as printed dialog in a book.
Yes. It flowed well and at no point did it stall or even get me to the point where I was 100% sure how all the details would resolve.
The characters grew on me subtly and over time. Much like getting to know people over the course of time, I was unaware that I had come to care for them and when I realized that it had happened I recognized how well crafted the story was.
Mr. Mays' is a versatile voice actor how brought distinctive personality to each character and really enhanced the experience overall.
For me, the era referred to in the book, the 80s, was my formative years.
Good within limits.
The book had a very strong beginning and finish but much of the middle felt significantly weaker. In many cases, I felt that the middle was merely propped up by the 80s pop culture references. fortunately, the action and plot begin accelerating (again) after that and led to a very satisfying conclusion.
Wil Wheaton's narration was good, as it always has been in my experience, although I'm starting to form the impression that 3 or 4 voices is his maximum capacity for making characters that are both distinctive and natural sounding. At several points in the book, several characters simply struck me as "forced" in their voice and it dropped me out of the story, Og in particular was distracting.
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