The author interrupts a fairly decent plot line with overblown hyperbole and moralizing. Read this one in print instead, you can skip the continuous editorial comments.
You know the sardonic; "I laughed, I cried..." Well, I actually did. I'm from west Texas and this is so very true to life, with authentic characters and real life situations. The characters are flawed and struggle with issues, just like we do. Loved it, please do give it a listen.
"Snowpiercer" in an underground community, but takes off from there and with some very interesting plot twists. Post-apocalyptic world, but is it, really?
Classic Terry Brooks, and an effective antidote for those missing "The Sword of Truth."
Enjoyable characters with plenty of continuing plot lines and complex plot twists.
The entire first chapter is about the 'momentous history of the author's books' narrated as though it were Gibbons' "Decline and Fall." Ridiculous. He was a fantasy writer. I didn't make it past the first chapter.
Having lived through most of the timeline of this novel, I didn't expect to find the events, like JFK's assassination, made so personal and moving. Follett has the magic touch of making you care for believable and vividly drawn characters, so that you celebrate and mourn with them. Even though you know about the 20th Century, this novel will give you much to consider.
The narrator does mix accents to an extent, the Brits sometimes having German accents and the American accents can be a bit over cooked. But overall, well narrated.
Given that the story starts in prison, I had no idea where the characters would go. I enjoyed the turns of the plot. Martin's characters are lovingly cast, but very human. His books are 'faith-based' but are more about the transcendence of the human spirit and perseverance in the face of adversity.
Modesitt appears to be exploring a different perspective on good v evil in this series. The idea that there might be a required balance is interesting. The switch up of 'black' and 'white' magic is also intriguing. Worth investing time in this fantasy universe.
I enjoyed this speculative look at alternate history. A very different perspective on 'might have beens.' This is a good enough concept that I hope the author will write a sequel.
This series is a light listen , enjoyable, but not masterful. They are romance novels with a bit of magic witchery thrown in. A unique universe and fun listen.
Normally, life-and-death dramatic novels leave me feeling manipulated - the author makes you care for a character then callously kills them off for dramatic effect - pisses me off (I'm thinking Jodi Picoult here - don't shoot, ok?).
Charles Martin is so sincere and writes such warm, in-depth and realistic characters that I even found the weepy parts very true to heart and life. I also enjoy his southern eccentrics, whom he clearly cherishes. They are presented as real people, if a bit off, not as clichés.
Very worth a listen.
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