Excellent ballance of character, story and imagination; whereby none dominates the other.The story line(s) allow the reader a bit of anticipation without loosing the excitement. And best of all, here is an author that knows the value of finishing their story, rounding it of and making it complete, even if there is a part 2..
Congratulations Mike Shepherd and a good job by the narrator Dina Perlman.
No Explosions, well some but it is not an action filled stpory with constant twists and turns but a well written tale of an unusual person who discovers their power and abilities in a time when they are needed. More along the lines, where a world is created whilst a story is told; whilst you seem to be a part of the story.
Brilliant, i will be a fan of the series and author!
Great, Short Sharp Stories, all with something to tell; all looking at different type of Warriors. And due to all the different authors you really do get a varied and interesting variety of similar based but very different characters. Well worth the read and good value even if it cost twice as much.
Actually, that part put me off a bit. At times it seemed like it was all about bed play. I am not a prude and don't mind some explicid descriptions, yet these seemed repetative and, for my part, unimagenative.
OK, that out of the way, the story of a race of people who may have been the source of the Vampire legend, how they live and how they can turn into the ugly type of vampire and how there is only two choice, Die or... well that's the story.
I wouldn't read a 2nd book in this series, but i well enjoyed this book. I don't know if i will look at a lot of books from this author.
I don't like stories that start in the middle and then do flashbacks; can be very irritating; but this one could not have been differently. It is a very unusual story that slowly unfolds and spans the life of a 50 year old man who lives for 10's of thousands of years.
If you are looking for an unuisal Sifi that has little or no techno and focuses on the story of two races of people, and is quite ... morish, this is it. If you need a change from the usual; go for it!
It has all the indicators of possibly being a good set of characters, world and story but it just didn't quite do it for me. I stopped half way through as the pattern of story seemed to repeat.
I was looking forward to a whole lot of short stories as i have been listening to some epic multi-book serieses. So initially i was wrapped as it was exactly what i wanted but it just didn't grow on me and seem to be repetative.
The orator was good and the feel of the story was good but....
I can't say that there is anything particularly special or unique about the story. Our Hero genetically modified and empathic, her sentient Tree Cat, A devious and often treacherous enemy....hmmmm.
Having completed the 12th book (i think) i am eagerly awaiting the 13th. The whole series is brilliantly .... choreographed with excellent supporting character, clever storyline, mini plots and very well paced development of the "honorverse".
The narrator was also well chosen and significantly added (for me) to the enjoyment of the whole series starting with this book!
A combination of the somewhat weird and normal country US living, blended together to set a world where almost nothing is impossible including a 2100 year old Druid with his life extended and very funny back chatting Dog.
The combination of characters and story line could have gone wrong, but it didn't. Very good story line, well told, with enough quirk and humor to make this good listing,
There are several books in this series and this first book is a very good read and leads you into the following book exceedingly well.
Hanging out for the next book.
I am a great fan of the Collegium world having read everything available on Audible and beyond so the following comes from a fans point of view.
Starting with Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, Book 1 and continuing through Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, Book 2, this book completes a segment that covers a period in the World of Valdemar. The whole series spans several ages of Valdemar beginning with this series of 3 books. Along the way the Collegium grows to 1000's of Heralds, the war with Karsits, the Mage heralds and the appearance of the Sons Cats. All the books are in the same environment but there are many vastly different main characters. And it is not really necessary to read them in any order, although it is best to start here.
If you are like me, once you read this, you will want all the other books. But be warned, they are not all available as Audio Recordings.
In a time (seemingly) before the previous 3 books and totally independent of those (to my mind), Scholar start of slowly but steadily. That said, this is another story i could not easily put down. Modesitt weaves a world and story in tradition of the best Wordsmiths and the narration of Dufris suits the style and adds to the ambiance.
Although it is all one story line, many sub-plots and characters are woven into the telling and most of them add up to the intimate ending in some way. It is uncanningly interesting in a quiet and steady way.
Having already read the 5th book which follows this one, i am hanging out for the 6th book.
After the climatic completion of Book for where the Spider destroyed the Fire Elemental, many aspects of the books characters were left hanging. The relationship of the sister, they boyfriend and many others. I was hoping that the 5th book would start to round-off these with some added action but....
The book starts very promising, where our Hero-Assasin (retired) is talked into a holiday with family (so to say). But soon enough, possibly in the 1st chapter the story goes into established patterns and the focus again become a new Super Bad Guy Vamp ala Donald Trump.
Yet, Jennifer's story telling and the narration of Lauren kept me interested to the very end and beyond. I like stepping back into this world where the supernatural is normal, where i am familiar with my family of characters, even if they are Assassins and Cleaners and Con artists. It is my family.
I hope that the 6th book starts rounding of some of the relationships and finds a bit of a different story line, a smoother super villain that need putting down; a higher focus on the characters. But even if it doesn't, i will still get it and read it as Jennifer world of Spider is simply moreish, especially when paired with an excellent narration of Lauren!
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