I'm a big fantasy fan and I'm all for exposition and witty phrasing, but this book managed to be long winded without really achieving either. I struggled through the first 8 hours since sometimes long stories need a couple hours to get started and I didn't want to write it off prematurely, but I couldn't listen to any more. Every sentence is verbose and the classic "kingdom vs outsider" theme just got tired. Plus, all the names sound really similar. Super disappointed.
Definitely worth listening to if you have a spare credit hanging around and are a Gaiman fan (and really, who isn't?) Reminded me of listening to "14" but Peter Clines-- incredibly original ideas, well crafted, slow paced.
Also, Neil Gaiman does a really great old lady voice!
Maybe it's a Japanese style of writing that everything is described using similes but by the end of the book I wanted to shake the author to get her to stop comparing everything to "a leaf swept away in the current of a river."
Definitely a romance novel. The story's good and there are some exciting, adventurous parts. Davina Porter is outstanding.
Probably not. I listened to 'Good Omens' and wanted something similarly creative and funny. I've already read/listened to everything by Neil Gaiman so I figured I'd give Pratchett a try after hearing recommendations for him my whole life (seriously, since I was 6 yrs old.) Turned out to be such a disappointment.
Without another author to contribute storyline, Pratchett's writing is humorous for its own sake but nothing really happens and the characters lack depth, like their only purpose is to be funny. Unfortunately, non-stop humor that isn't punctuated by anything else for contrast gets old fast. It's like if 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' was wall-to-wall Zaphod. I love Pratchett's dry humor but I don't think it stands alone well.
Sorry ardent Pratchett fans, regrettably I can't count myself among you.
'A Dirty Job' by Christopher Moore
Planer's English accent is really heavy and he talks fast so if I didn't listen with 100% attention I couldn't make out what he was saying. There also wasn't a lot of variation between his narration and the accents he gave to the characters, they all kind of sounded the same.
It's a decent story and even though it goes kind of slow there are some surprises. It's kind of dark and that overshadowed the amusing characters for me. It's the kind of audiobook I listen to while I'm doing laundry or something.
No, if there's a series or author you really love then save your credits. If you're looking for something new and/or random (which is why I bought it) then I think you can do better.
Maybe. His voice is nice to listen to and he annunciates clearly, but he doesn't really do voices.
Full of backstory
Hard to say...Matthew is so romantic but Ysebeau's character development really draws you in.
Ikeda's performance in Shadow of Night is even more impressive than in Discovery of Witches. Most of the book takes place in Europe so there are tons of different languages and accents, compounded by each character's trademark inflections, it's hard to believe so many voices can come from one person.
After finishing Discovery of Witches I was eager for Diana and Matthew to make progress in their fight against the Congregation and find answers to all of the questions brought up in the first book. Shadow of Night introduces a new batch of adventures that add depth to the events and mysteries in book one but it's definitely not a linear progression and it's just as much of a cliff-hanger. Conclusion: can't wait for book three!
Absolutely! I first read the Kindle edition a year ago and just got the Audible edition to listen to before starting Shadow of Night. I worried that listening to the story would be less vibrant than imagining the characters myself when I read the book but Ikeda gives such a good performance that I forgot I was listening to someone speak, it was as if the story was playing out directly in my mind. Ikeda has a nice woman's voice (not nasal or high-pitched) and the range of voices, male and female, and accents she pulls off is frankly startling! Harkness' characters are so unique and Ikeda gave each one an appropriate, distinct voice.
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