Joe has had a massive impact on the fantasy world with his debut trilogy "The First Law"
The story revolves around some truly interesting and humanized relationships, and the internal reflection and conflict which each of us experiences from time to time. Due to this it is a very easy listen, and despite initial dislike of the characters flaws, you come to admire their determination, courage, and perseverance.
One of the nice things about the book is the very realistic portrayal of Logan Nine-fingers or "The bloody Nine", in regards to his internalized struggle to remain human in the face of the horrors he perpetrated in the past.
Many of the twists appear to head one way, but then truly twist into something else, keeping your mind alert to the nuances of the dialogue, and setting.
Recommend as a Must have for fantasy readers.
Brandon Sanderson's second book in the Stormlight Archive is a pretty great listen. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do a awesome job of bringing the characters to life. I literally was walking around for three and a half days, oblivious to the world. I could NOT put this down.
There are some minor annoyances with the story, mainly that the 48 hours wasn't enough time, and I really wanted the ending to be a bit less open, but that is likely to be an opinion isolated to myself.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in a compelling drama driven fantasy book. There's heaps of action, and a seasoning of romance (but definitely not a great deal).
I would also really recommend the first book in the series to give you a grounding of the characters past lives, although this, being incredibly well written may allow readers to jump straight in.
Good luck and good listening,
If there is any trilogy I can recommend to a fan of humor, fantasy or Discworld, it would inevitably be the Science of Discworld series.
Co-written by Pratchett (Narrative) Stewart (Science) and Cohen (Science), The science of Discworld offers an amusing but insightful perspective into our beliefs, our knowledge, and our behaviors.
One friend of mine described it as the Ketamine of the book world. You begin to analyse yourself for the behaviors mentioned in the book, and to grasp at how ultimate and expansive this universe is.
Great work of scientific art.
It's the Belgariad.
So... you haven't heard of it?
BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!!! LISTEN TO IT TODAY!!!!!!!
One of the all time greats of epic fantasy. Includes: gods, men, knights, barbarians, spies, magicians, sorcerers, monsters, daemons, princesses, and an orphaned scullion boy with a strange birthmark on the palm of his hand.
Please, read this and enjoy it. You may need some $$$, there are five books in the series, and another five in the sequel series.
If you have a lot of spare time, or are a casual listener, I STRONGLY recommend.
This book starts slow, builds slow, but ends with a bang. The narration is neither great nor terrible. At best, it doesn't interfere with the storytelling, at worst, it can be dry.
The story isn't particularly intricate, you can predict most of the twists before they occur, but intrigue isn't really why people read Scarrow's novels. The reason fan's do is the action, and the action is up to the usual standard... when it starts.
There is a brief battle in the prologue, and a few skirmishes here and there to keep narrative momentum, but the final few hours are an addicitve listen.
You don't bond with the characters like Macro or Cato, but the beginnings of attachment form by the end of the story.
All in all not great, but still well above average for this genre of fiction.
This book has recieved some pretty negative reviews, mainly due to the apparent shift from Clancy's authorship, but also in part due to another type of story. Whereas in the past the focus of the action has been on the political interplay between organisations of the military industrial system,(with the possible exception of R6 and Without Remorse) this novel focuses on speculation of what a JTF would face if it were played off against a cartel.
This speculation is inherently weakened by the lack of political motivators for the storyline ( by which I mean the characters unquestioningly following orders to protect the country, and everyone is always on side in the chain of bureaucracy). This causes the flow to be unbroken, with no spectacular twists, divergent goals, nor character motivators for emotional connection to the reader... with the exception of the main character.
An example of this is that when a secondary character on the good guys team dies, there is little emotional attachment as there was when the Caruso twin's lost Brian, or when Rainbow was ambushed in R6, etc, etc.
In spite of these inherent story weaknesses, there is a good storyline spinning from the "What if" scenario's developed in the book, and if you give it a chance, and are willing to sit through the seemingly interminable introductory hour and a half of unrelated action and flashbacks of a new character, you will eventually be rewarded by some easter-eggs related to the main Jack Ryan chain of books.
SO... all in all, a good listen, but not Clancy/Telep's finest hour.
The Blackjack Geary storyline continues with this latest book in the series, following the fleet past the extreme boundaries of Syndic Space and into the unknown. All in all, great story, great characters, brilliant conflict, and intense pace. The performance doesn't lack one bit.
Buy this series if you need a new escape.
Pretty catchy start to a new series, so thanks in advance to the author. To Mr Sullivan, the narrator, I would recommend a new line of work. You have a very monotone voice, and your delivery is so robotic, it brings to mind my physics lectures in college. It also puts me in mind of text to speech software.
I can now fully understand why you were only contracted for this one book, not for the rest of the series.
The truly disappointing thing about this is that you have been working in the books on tape industry for a while now, and your lack of emotion, performance, and interest in your work hasn't been fully discussed... until now.
To would- be buyers of this book, I would strongly recommend the series and therefore this audio book, but keep in mind to avoid this narrator where possible in the future.
I was first introduced to this series a few years ago by a friend.
The tenets of the freehold sound like a fantastic way to run things.
The story starts off with the development of a special forces recruit (development, not training) and proceeds to give an account of his experiences in that field and during the war with earth, his actions, his daughter, and their attempts to escape the over-regulated and incompetent bureaucracy following their attacks.
Can't wait for someone to make audio-books of the rest of the series.
A well written, well thought out, and well recieved book which I highly recommend to anyone.
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