Still wondering how it got such glowing reviews! First, the narration was horrible. I felt like Victor was whispering and talking in a very hesitant way that was very distracting to listening to the actual story. Then the story was very disjointed and lacking in depth. Pointless really if I think about it. I almost quit, but ended up staying with it. Don't understand how it got such a recommendation from Neil Gaiman.
This is a remarkable book! Others will tell of the story line, but I will tell of my longing for time immersed in the story listening and wanting for more time to remain there. There is such power in this story, a way into the heart of love, lost, and how hard it is to be a parent. I just couldnt believe how much more powerful it was than the movie.
All in all this was an entertaining book. I am glad that I read it after watching the movie with Tom Cruise as Reacher as I would have ruined the movie for my husband by constantly pointing out the differences between the two! The only flaw with the book is the constant saying of "and Reacher said nothing". It must have been in there 100 times! Not kidding. Gave it four stars for the entertainment value.
Although this is a book probably written for males 8 yrs to 12 years old as it is filled with adventure, dragons, vikings, buggers, poop, and other interesting items sure to keep the young males happy and engaged, I found it to be very entertaining and fun filled! It is not a copy of the movie which has the same name, which was a bit of a shock, but it is similar. It was good enough that I also have purchased other books in the series. The narrator, G, Doyle is fantastic.
First, read the series before this book! It is really not a stand alone book. This adds to the series filling in the gaps between stories and expanding on some of the stories you know. Some of the shorts in this book are really not so short at all but are novellas. I really enjoyed some of them and some were just meh, but Kim Harrison is a great writer and she delivers well with this collection.
I normally steer away from war books but the reviews on this one was very good so I gave it a chance. Even dealing with the subject matter this is a very good listen. The characters were interesting and the pace very consistent. It is not a gory book, details of the battles and what happens in them are not written to shock, but to inform.
First the narrator, while taking a bit to get use to, was absolutely fantastic. She nailed the characters, the pace was spot on, and she was able to keep you in step with the emotionally changes in the book. The story itself was surprisingly unexpected. Great story, I began to love the people involved and hope it came out all right for everyone. Highly recommend this gem of a story.
Right now vampire books are popular, so a lot of authors go where the money is, as is evident in this book by Cherie Priest. I have loved her steam punk books and was a little disappointed with this book tho it was better than some I have listen to in this category. Probably won't read more in the series, but it wasn't a total waste of money.
I'M sure this book was a good one. I purchased it because of the reviews it got on amazon, not reading the reviews on Audible. I sure wish I had read the reviews! The narrator should be shot! Wow, I can't describe how painful it was listening to her awful dictation and unbelievable pacing and wrong inflection. My 6 yr old grandson does a better job reading out loud. Please take my advice and stick to the written copy of this book to save your sanity.
Enjoyed this book so much that I had to rent the video to see how Hollywood change it. Both were great. Give it a go!
Story was absolutely written for children no older than ten or so. Fairy tale theme may interest some, but very ho-hum story.
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