The story is a classic. I've enjoyed it for years. BUT, this reading is TERRIBLE. The sound quality is bad, and the narrator changes to such soft voices that you can't understand half of the story.
Well, I was intrigued, and I made myself listen to more than half of the story, but this is basically a perversion of a classic children's tale.
It was like someone took something silly and simple and deliberately forced as much perversion and political tripe into it as possible.
The characters were interesting, but the rest is just trash.
I wish I hadn't waited so long to quit reading this.
The narrator is talented, but if I just want something that sounds nice, I'll turn on the radio.
Sanderson is brilliant at creating new and original magic systems in his equally amazing worlds, and Elantris is no exception! This may be his debut book, but it is obvious that he knows what he's doing. This is the kind of detail and complexity one expects from a seasoned author--a writer of epics. This stand-alone novel does just that: it stands alone in a crowd of "same old, same old." It's so good to see something fresh and enjoyable.
This story is delightful in both its creativity/originality and moving story-line. The characters are totally believable while still fantastic. The plot is complicated enough to engage the reader while still compact enough to wrap up in a novella-length story. Brandon Sanderson is probably one of the best fantasy authors in the business today. This is a Must Read for any fan of Sanderson's work!
I like any story with Bean in it. To be honest, I was really hoping that this was the tie-together story for the Ender series and the Shadow series, but there is a commentary at the end that explains what happened there. Shadows in Flight really feels more like a novella than a novel, but I think that it's an important piece in the over-all story. This is also the only one of the stories that is actually about
The performance was excellent as usual.
This is easily one of the worst audio books ever made. The stories change without warning, with no introduction at all. The sound quality is no quality at all; it sounds like a recording from an old phonograph recorded on a dirty record and then played through a thrice-smashed coffee can. And what you can hear is poorly done.
Don't get this one.
"Never Alone!" This final book of the Door Within trilogy has a definite hint of the Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle, but it is more of a salute than a copy. I enjoyed this story greatly. It has elements of suspense, adventure, truth and power. I think it is a "must read" for any young persons who have already enjoyed the C.S. Lewis stories. But, definitely start at the beginning.
Many of the rough edges of the first book are smoothed away in this much improved sequel. The action starts quickly and the characters are compelling. Many of the "lessons" or "spiritual parallels" are well delivered and "true to life." "Never Alone" touches my heart every time I hear it. This book is a close neighbor to some of the Narnia sequels. A good read. Looking forward to the third book.
All right, the first thing to note is that this is aimed at 10-year-olds and up. Not surprising, since the author has been teaching 6th grade English for years. Keeping that in mind, the parallels are great, and the story is compelling once you get into the alternate world. The down-side is that some of the descriptive language is laughable, and the similes are awful. I had a very hard time getting through the beginning of the story, but by the time it ended, I downloaded the second book.
Overall, I'm glad someone is using the Fantasy genre to bring a Christ-representative story to readers who would otherwise be reading about witchcraft and false gods.
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