Springfield, MO, United States | Member Since 2014
This is my favorite Fantasy Book by my favorite fantasy writer of my favorite fantasy series.
This is a character driven book. The characters are all interesting. None of the characters are perfect and you love them all the more for it. Life is not fair and boy to these people find that out. If I have a complaint it would be with so much tragedy happening to these people, why can't Hobb give them a break every now and then. It is very similar to the character development in George R.R. Martin's books, only I believe Hobb does an even better job. It is interesting to see how people think of themselves and then how the people around them think about them and the surprise of some of them when they realize that they are not as well liked, hated, loved, etc as they thought. Each character in the book has struggles and you struggle with them. I can easily relate a lot of my struggles with the struggles of these characters. Hobb knows people and how they think.
The magic in this is different from most books, such as living ships. Hobb builds a different fantasy world for you, but there is no confusing time trying to get into the development of the world, you feel at home in it right away. It is exciting right from the start, no long periods of trying to explain the world to you. This is 35 hours long and there is not one wasted minute. (Read some of my other reviews and you will see I never go on about any authors like I do Hobb.)
I read the hard cover of this years ago and I am so glad audible came out with it. Some people claim they hate the narrator. I will admit that she has a different style, but I believe she is perfect for this book. I enjoyed this almost as much the second time around as I did the first. The only reason I didn't is that I already knew the surprises and the book is full of them. This is my favorite series of Hobb's and then is the Forrest Mage series and then the Farseer trilogy. Did not care much for the first book in the Tawny Man series and hope it comes out in audio, so I can listen to it. I have one book left in the Dragon Series, but the first two books were real good, so I am looking forward to listening to that soon.
This is listed as a romance, yet? This was probably the most smartly written werewolf book I have ever read. Briggs understands wolves/dogs. Included in the story are the smells, sounds, and noticeable body movements of a canine. Anybody who owns a dog, knows that a dog's world consists of these three things even more keenly then eyesight. My dogs know my body language and pay more attention to it then any human. This is obvious in Briggs writing. I did not see this so much as a romance, although I believe it becomes more so in the series. I enjoyed it.
Not sure this answered any questions? If you are a huge Un Fan, you will want to listen. If you are just a warm fan, it will not be that interesting. Book one is great, everyone should read that. I have not read book Two yet, but I will. Lev spends time with some Indians, sorry Native Americans, sorry Chance People and he is treated well, But and it is a big But.
The newness of the whole Un, may be wearing off on me and I found the Chance People with their stilted talk and different beliefs, just a bit boring. Not that their is anything wrong with believing in Animal Spirits and transplanting animal hearts into humans is not any more unbelievable then being Un, I just could not get into it. I might be too old?
NEVER TRUST A MAN WHO WON'T HAVE A BEER WITH YOU
I very much enjoyed this book. The miles went by very quickly as I listened. It is not great literature, the story ain't that complicated and there are not a whole lot of twists or turns. It was the characters that made this book. Every character in this book is that, a character, not your everyday Tom, Dick and Harry. Often they make you laugh. This was written in 2012, but it takes place in 1990 and has men with mullets, bag phones, etc.
THE EARLY BIRD GETS BREAKFAST, BUT IT'S A ROUGH DAY FOR THE WORM
This is about how the other half lives, no not that half, the underground half, the off the grid half. Some may have trouble with what these people do for a living. These are criminals, but they are criminals with morals. There are certain things they won't do and they police there own. I don't agree with how they live and I would never live such a life, but it was fun watching them do it. Fun is the best way to describe this book. So, put your BEER GOGGLES on and have fun.
I don't think I have ever heard this narrator before, but he was great. Alexander Cendese, I must remember that name.
If it was true, it would be scary. It is written as if it is true, yet you know it is not. I have read plenty of made up stories that were scary, see: J.A. Konrath, Stephen King, Blake Crouch or Dean Koontz.
How many times do you have to find your wife floating out the window before you leave the house? For this guy it was more then once. It was very convenient that no one had to go work. Are all priests this big of a coward? What kind of parent subjects their three kids to this for so long?
You want scary seek out the authors listed above.
This is not seven connected stories, it is seven chapters. It was also quite the snoozer. It may be free, but it is a waste of time.
The main reason to read this is for the American History. This gives a good look at what life was like for Teachers in early America. The horror itself is not so much, more of a fun prank that scared our main character.
I have always been amazed by rats and insects and the more I learn the more amazed I am. I believe I had heard most of this before, but it was cool to hear it again. Roaches are almost indestructible. If you are into gross stuff, then this is for you.
My only complaint was occasionally they would go to Professor So and So and he would speak in a heavy fake accent. They did this to add variety, but I could rarely tell what he was saying. This makes up only a small portion of the narration. This is also very much adult.
This starts out pretty silly and I was sure I would not finish the book, but I wanted to give it at least an hour. Once I got to chapter 16 and past the introduction and the wife and her sisters, then the book got tight and interesting. Then the story started and all the silliness became witty, lots of fun and I loved it. Anyone that is offended by foul language will not enjoy one minute of this. At first it may seem pointless, but once you see what Jackson must go through to win over Pandora, well, it turns out to be a Romance.
I also enjoyed the wicked witch, as a shoe salesman. I hope there are sequels and that she is in them. This is a good stand alone work, but is also set up for continued adventures. I want this to get popular so this YA author will write more for the adult world. I will also listen to his YA novel that is offered at audible, as he is a good writer.
I was not a fan of Go To F A Sleep, but fans of that should love this book.
It sort of reminded me of that WIZARD STORY with the witches, scarecrows, tin man, lion, etc...
At first I thought a female narrator was the wrong gender, but she does a great job and at the end of the story proves why she was chosen.
I am following a person who gave this five stars. I will have to disagree slightly. It was probably very good 30 years ago, but compared to today it is a little slow and a little talky. I liked it and listen to the whole thing. It is different and I stayed with it to find out what was going on. This involves a sort of werewolf, amazon clan? It is a scary town for men to live in.
One of the main characters, Kay, is not very empathic to her veteran husband. I did not care for her at all.
A little less talk, more building of suspense, less evil eye crap, and this would have made five stars.
Ray Porter is one of the coolest narrators out there.
The above refers to the history of coffee and at one time most people drank beer for breakfast. (OH, the good ole days).
The biggest problem with this book is all the May, might, and could's that are included and the lack of fact. I do not blame the author and am glad she wrote the book. Studies cost a lot of money and many studies are paid for by large corporations. The coffee companies are not going to pay for a study on how coffee is bad for you. Often when you hear on the news that a study showed something is good for you, that can be traced back to a company that will benefit.
If even one of the cancers that the author says could be caused by coffee is true, it is worth giving up. Heart disease seems to be even more likely. I know that coffee causes my blood pressure to go up. I have quit several times, but usually end up going back. I spend hours on the road, love the taste of coffee, and nothing else seems to satisfy. Yet, I went ahead and quit a week ago. If I know it raises my blood pressure, it can't be healthy. Last year at this time I was drinking 40 ounces a day. Months ago, I cut back to 20 ounces and know I have quit it all together. I am lucky, that I have not suffered any side effects. Many people get headaches and/or feel tired. I have not had that problem and have been drinking tea. Tea does not satisfy as well and I still crave coffee, but for my health!
It is not so much the caffeine, but the delivery system. Decaf is even worse for you. This is not a long book and it is worth your time to listen and decide for yourself. It could save your life.
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