First, if you are going to listen to this book then it's pointless without listening to the trilogy. The character development was my favorite aspect of the trilogy and it only gets deeper the more you listen.
What starts out slowly turns out to be an outstanding book. As you grow more familiar with each character their adventures become more personal and you feel a part of the story. I'm not huge on the Fantasy genre and I wouldn't consider it to be true fantasy fiction. However you classify it, it's good.
Each book is divided into 2 stories with each one accounting for roughly half of your listening time. That keeps the story lines fresh and dynamic. I really enjoyed this aspect of the book because it re-engaged me when the story started to drag a bit.
I loved the style in which is was written. Since it was written from multiple points of view it made the story more interesting and enabled the author to more easily build stronger suspense and sub-plots.
Towards the middle of the book when Nick's world begins to unravel and he's taken from being the golden boy to the bad guy.
He thinks she's alive but finds out he doesn't want her to be.
Very good book and definitely worth listening to. I wasn't a huge fan of the last 10-20% of the book or I might have given it a perfect score.
I don't have the time to read nearly as much as I listen and this is a book that I probably would have passed up on the shelf but am very glad I didn't pass it up via Audible.
The author and narrator do a tremendous job of setting up an alternative history/culture/society within the U.S. in the 1930's. However, they don't stray so far that it's a turn-off. They make it truly believable and have obviously taken great pains to think out how a race of magical humans would have effected various aspects of American society throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The narrator does a phenomenal job of capturing the essence of both male and female characters. When reading a book each person develops characters differently in their head and I think Pinchot did a great job of developing these similarly to how I would have. He does a phenomenal job and led me to get the follow-up.
The ending was very strong.
Loved it and am almost done with the second installment. I'd recommend this if you are a fan of any/all of these:
-Early America in the 20th century
-Science Fiction and Fantasy
I'm a big fan of James Rollins and always look forward to his latest book.....especially the Sigma Force novels. He's done a great job developing his characters from book to book (including non-Sigma Force) so when I start listening to his newest book I feel like I'm revisiting old friends on new adventures.I have to be honest, I was SLIGHTLY disappointed with Bloodline. Don't get me wrong, I have very high expectations and it's a good book. However, it isn't his best by any means and the story was somewhat predictable. Likewise, part of the reason I'm such a Rollins fan is his intensive research and the historical "mysteries" he weaves into each storyline (Map of Bones, Black Order). I felt the booking was seriously lacking on this aspect and he got wrapped up in his own medical expertise when writing it. Personally, I think his adventures with a focus on the past (more historical) are more interesting to listen to and read then his books with a "future science" storyline.
Somewhat. It was exciting but also a little predictable.
Great performance as usual.
Absolutely. No matter what my feelings were on this particular work, James Rollins is a great author and Sigma Force is a fun series to listen to.
Yes, the story is intricate and subtle at times. I think there's a lot of depth too it and a second listen would reveal more details and character traits that I may not have picked up during my initial listen.
I enjoyed the in-depth focus on story lines other than Eragon's. It was a nice departure and made the book unique in contrast with Book 1.
The final battle is tremendous and reveals some surprises. Very much worth the wait.
Action, Adventure, Redemption!
Yes. The books depiction of that bygone era was a story within a story. King's attention to detail was truly amazing.
I liked them all but George was my favorite. He was conflicted, open, dutiful, and honorable.
No extreme reaction but I felt immersed in the book
Amazing read! Prepare to be completely overtaken by this book. You will be transported to 1958-1963 and you will love it! Stephen King has once again outdone himself. MOHs creative genius continues to astound me.
It seemed to drag on and on unnecessarily.
Not very dynamic
I would recommend James Rollins for anyone interested in this type of book. Much better author.
Strong Characters, Addicting
About 2/3 of the way through it I realized just how engrossed I was in it and just how invested I was in the different characters.
He played each character exceptionally well. Each was uniquely appropriate
Not a big fan of the ending. It was like King was grasping at straws. Still, the rest of the book far outweighs a 3 star ending.
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