I don't think I would listen to Bitter Seeds for a long while. I was expecting a golden age/pulp hero type of setting with super powers and magic based on the summary. Instead it was a horror story, and a darn good one.
Yes, the end of the first novel is a cliff hanger; however, I need some more lighthearted fair before diving back into the next novel.
I don't have a particularly favorite scene, however, Ian Tregillis did a great job of bring the story right to the brink of being too gruesome or callous (in terms of the "reality" of war and the supernatural) without crossing over, but not going into actual details so my imagination took over many times through out the story.
What price for victory?
Kevin Pariseau did a good job of bringing the different characters to life, it was easy to tell which character was speaking.
I did like the weaving of Lincoln's life into the story and the creation of the Union. He's also not hunting vampires when he's an old man, but takes logical steps for the purpose of the story to thwart their efforts.
While the story addresses Lincoln's purpose in hunting vampires, his relationship with Henry is vexing and not clear. It's also not clear (to me at least), why Henry wants the world to know about Lincoln's secret history. I am also not sure I accept the ending, though I could see it coming.
I enjoyed it, but not to listen to, I think it should be read.
This is one of those cases where it should be allowed to edit the text to make it for being read outloud. There had to have been sections to the novel, part 1, part 2, etc.. but instead of clearly saying this, the chapter number just started over. In some cases the narrator would say the chapter number twice, but instead of saying "Chapter 2", he says "2" and then sometime randomly later, he will say "2" again.
No, this is a one and done, anything else would be a hackneyed.
The simple method in which the mythology of the real world was woven into the story. That the gods were men and women and their names were titles and not specific people. This explained why they could look different and have different personalities for different mythological stories, demigods, everything. It was easy to suspend my disbelief and be engaged in the story.
The Book of Swords series and the Book of the Gods by Fred Saberhagen are similar in terms of making mythology a real thing for the story.
I don't think Stefan Rudnicki was a good choice for this series, his voice I don't think lends it self to child/young adult characters - however, I could easily tell the characters apart. Emily Rankin was fine, but not amazing.
The amount of adolescent sex talk was excessive, but I understand why it was necessary to the story. It seemed that it annoyed Orson Scott Card to write as well as the main character. Don't let it stop you from listening, it's a well realized world and an interesting story. The afterward is spot on. If Orson Scott Card had delivered his original idea, it would have been a terrible.
I enjoyed the description of the space battles and Campbell's attempt to envision what they would be like instead of just an aerial dogfight in space. The contrived nature of the plot that Captain Geary appearing in the nick of time was irritating. Even the characters remark on it constantly. It wasn't clear that the Syndics were human until late in the story, and Geary's internal monologue was difficult to follow since he would speak to the other characters almost immediately afterwards. The transitions between scenes was hard to follow as well, it was almost like he should have had dialogue about traveling between the helm, the conference room, and his stateroom.
Only to military buffs.
I have book 2, I will listen to it eventually. Hopefully the pace picks up and I will want to read the other 3.
It was worth hearing once.
It was the first story I can remember reading about the idea of a multiverse. I think I read this before Elric of Melinbone.
Corwin - I like how he, like us, starts out not knowing anything about what is going on, and we go on a journey of discovery with him.
I enjoyed all of the characterizations by Alessandro Juliani except for Corwin and Random. For Random, I thought I had increased the speed of the playback he was talking so fast. I had heard the abridged version of the Chronicles of Amber years ago, Zelazny's gruff voice did a better job of portraying the larger than life character of Corwin. However, other than these two, Alessandro did a better job on the rest.
When Corwin regains his memory of himself when walking the pattern. The realization that he has lived hundreds of years and the hints of the influence he has had on our world.
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