The first Night Ranger Apprentice book had left me wanting to hear more about Will and I eagerly picked up the second book in the series. I was extremely disappointed. This narration was *unlistenable*. His accents were over the top. His timing was off. He emphasized the wrong part of the sentence. (Who emphasizes the words "he said").
I had just about decided to read the book instead of listening when I determined that there was another audio edition of the exact same book. The other edition was much more enjoyable.
In summary... this is a poor exposure to the world of the Night Ranger's Apprentice. There is another narration of this exact same book. Save your money and look for it.!
It was somewhat interesting although I had to roll my eyes at some of the statements.
(1) There is no question that "New Coke" was a really stupid idea. It is not true that they went back to the original formulation with Coca Cola Classic. They replaced cane sugar with corn syrup.
(2) Any marketing failure is not a "worst idea" ever. All of the new soft drinks that didn't succeed Crystal Pepsi, Pepsi Blue, Coca-Cola BlāK might have been a hit. Which of us can predict the next software drink success? Note: Some of the soft drink products still exist in niche markets, they just don't work everywhere.
(3) The Apple Newton was not a worst idea ever.
(4) Drafting one basketball player over another isn't the worst choice ever unless you have the ability of hindsight.
I could go on and on but why bother. It was worth the 99 cents I paid on the daily deal. If you have to pay more than ninety nine cents, forget it.
This is the only Kelly Armstrong book I have listened to and it likely to be my last. The story was a shallow mystery with different kinds of people (witches, demons, etc) to fill out the pages.
The most memorable (and not in a good way) thing about the book was how the primary character was always looking to have sex with her husband.
This might be interesting for 14 year old girls, otherwise forget it.
This was very enjoyable. The style of the book makes it seem as though you are sitting around a campfire listening to the story. Very little dialogue and individual character development. The story itself is the focus of the book.
Unlike the books written today, there is no chance of a sequel :)
Very clever wording. Each line stands alone but they don't mesh together. Overall this is a formula book, nothing special.
I almost didn't finish listening to the book. There were the normal unbelievable plot devices. (Competent intelligent woman interests emperor on chance meeting). I can swallow those plot devices.
The story lines that me cringe were the "I need help, meet me at the location tomorrow morning and you can trust there is a huge reward on my head" type of lines. You just don't tell anybody that kind of thing, much less multiple people. It is unbelievable that she wasn't turned in by a reward seeking opportunist. That and the lines extolling the attractiveness of the upper male body make me think that this was written for the gullible, early teen female audience.
The pacing was excellent. The description of the world was good. The villains were believable. If you can get by the faults I mentioned in the previous paragraph, it is a good listen.
I think Lindsay Buroker is only going to get better. I will probably try another book in the series because the book makes you smile.
Lindsay's Amazon page say that she has been writing a long time but has only recently been finishing books. She has 18 books published, all in the last 2.5 years. She probably started this book when she was younger.
The Fool seems to have a great fondness for jokes about bodily functions. He doesn't seem to care whether it's snot, piss, farts, defication, or even ejaculation. If you are the person who thinks bodily functions are awfully funny, then this might be the book for you. It seems as though 50% of the book falls within the discussion of those subjects. I gave it an hour hoping it would have some redeeming feature but then I gave up and stopped listening.
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