Warning: Some spoilers
I have read all of the Sword of Truth books by Terry Goodkind as they have been released and was pleasantly surprised that a new book continuing the adventures of Richard and Kahlan was to be released. I felt the series ended very well in the last book Confessor and felt it complete. I have to say that after reading the new book The Omen Machine, I still feel the same. It should have stopped.
I am not sure what specifically about this book that led me to feel this way. My favorite characters are all back, but they seemed changed. Is it that I am remembering them in a different light? I do not know, but found myself thinking during the reading that I just want to get it done and over with. Not due to the performance of the reader, but the story.
The power of the previous books was the grandness of it all, the adventure, the travel, the new and exciting twists and turns and here in The Omen Machine you feel stuck in one place with a bunch of stupid characters. Not stupid as in useless, but stupid as in brainless. And the most sad is Zed. He is reduced to either not believing what Richard says or repeating what Richard says back to Richard. A smart, powerful character minimized to a shadow of who he use to be. Everytime Zed spoke, my eyes rolled in my head. Sad.
Another disappointment is that with 11 previous books, that there would be some reference to the experiences in which they have had to make decisions now. We are but products of our past experiences. However, it is like the previous adventures did not happen other than the "war is over". With all that has happened to them previously, why would they ever not take something seriously, especially if they have a "feeling". And all the conversations of doubt was mind numbing. And it was really strange that the whole affair with Kahlan forgetting all and the aftermath of what happened in the 3 Chainfire series are not even hinted at. This book takes place right after those books! It is like it never happened to Kahlan.
Overall I feel let down. I will continue to read the series, but the excitement and grandness has been lost.
The reader is awful. Every character has the same voice. Kept getting lost of who was who. Actually could not finish it was so bad, and I have loved all of the other books in this universe. Will stay away from this narrator.
Actually the Audible book Blade Runner is Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Plot and story full of holes. Not Philip K Dicks best work. Not his worst either, but close. The Movie actually makes the story a must read. Without the movie, the novel alone is mediocre at best.
I love the RCN series. Can't get enough. However in this story, the audio edits seemed extreme in amounts and audio difference. It kept taking me out of the story. My be best if read.
Some show that David Weber's latest in the Honorverse is "Honor Harrington Book 14", others just say "Honorverse Novel" (#26?), others say Michelle Henke Series Book #3, Saganami Island Book #3, or Talbott Quadrant Book #3. Why not just add Wages of Sin Book #3?
Much takes place during the same time period as the last Honor Harrington book "Rising Thunder" (In fact, while reading at the beginning I kept thinking "have I read this already?") and it is a sequel to "Storm of Shadows" .
Whatever you want to decide, Book 3 or Book 26, like or dislike, it does give more detail and background that I have to assume is preparing for the future of the Talbott Quadrant and the War with the Solarian League and of course Mesa (Mesan Alignment). It seems breaking the story in different series provides clearer story lines for each.
I loved the book and it made me want to go back and read the other 2 Saganami/Tallbot books.
Listened to the book on Audible. Still love this series. First half of this book was a bit slow due to the introduction of new aliens that played a pivotal part in the story. But at the half way point, it takes off!! On to book 3!
Stealing Light by Gary Gibson is the first book in The Shoal series. This book is my kind of book. I consumed it eagerly via Audible. Yes, it has it's faults as many other reviewers have noted, but due to the excellent reader (Charlie Norfolk), the book came alive and the faults fall quickly to the background.
It was fun and full of action. It is like an Alastair Reynolds Revelation Space, Jack McDevitt's Alex Benedict and Kristine Kathryn Rusch's Diving Universe book combined!
Highly recommended as an Audiobook listen!
This is a difficult to write. I have read almost everything Brandon Sanderson has written and given 4-5 stars for all of them. I have at last come to Warbreaker and was having a lot of trouble getting through it.
I was about 1/3 of the way through listening to the book on Audible and not only was I having trouble with the story, but the reader. The reader sounded like a very poor imitation of Wil Wheaton, especially when reading the character Lightsong. However, I do try not to let the reader influence the story. So regardless of the poor reader, the first 1/3 of the book was nothing but characters introduced and story of them written in such a way as to explain a magic system. A system so complex and unlike anything else I have read that it actually needed a 1/3 of a book to explain. Thus the characters are not engaging or interesting in anyway other than a “vessel” of learning the magic system.
This is the first Audible book I have listened to in a long time that I had trouble going back to. For the first time in 3 years, I listened to music when I worked out, not the book. I was tempted to “Lem” (quit), which is difficult for me due to my love of Brandon’s books & stories.
So what did I do? I took a couple of days off of listening to the book.
Once I returned, it was around Chapter 20 (book)/Chapter 10 (Audible) that an actual story seems to show itself. A hint of a story. No more continuing teachings of the magic. Could this be what I had been wanting and waiting for?
Well, sort of. It did have a story and there seemed to be a purpose that the characters had, although somewhat veiled. So I kept at it. I pushed through. Always having the feeling I was missing something big somewhere in the story. I was only being told a part. And the part that I did know was only a sub-part.
Once finished, I certainly can understand those that loved the story. It was just frustrating for me personally. It wrapped up very quickly in the end explaining everything that was kept from you. Ultimately the quick end and the mysteries illuminated so quickly was a bit much. But there was no other way due to how the story was written.
What was most interesting is the book seemed to be the opposite or antithesis of Elantris. Color where there is Grey, living mortal gods, not dead gods.
Good start to the series. Was disappointed with the reader (Audible) as it was like listening to Capt Kirk and he would end sentences so soft and low, I could not hear what he was reading! Luckily the next book in the series is a different reader.
This is the first of the Alex Benedict novels I have listened to vs. physically read. Right off the bat, it did take me a while to stop expecting "Boss" to show up. This is due to the narrator, as I have listened to all of the Diving Universe books she has narrated via Audible.
The story itself was ultimately satisfying, yet a departure from the previous books. I can only assume that redoing the same old troupe was getting old for the author. Although I would like him to go back to what make's Alex a great series. But overall, I was well satisfied and will listen to the rest of the series.
I do not know why it took so long for me to actually listen to this book, as it has been on my "to read" list for decades. It is a wonderful and thoughtful story (3 actually) that asks tough questions and will cause you to rethink your opinions on some weighty matters.
It is a product of it's time (late 1950's) but is still relevant today. It is a great book to read with a group due to the discussions the book generates. Highly recommend to all!
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.