Very good reader of an amazing author. The characters are solid and I've listened to this 3 times now. Sherlock Holmes is the original sleuth. I highly recommend this audio book.
I'm going to try again because I read reviews of the book and nearly everyone seems to like it, but the reader is so dramatic. It's very annoying because it's not how I would read the book in my head at all. Every 3rd or 4th word is over-emphasized and is very difficult to listen to, but I will open my mind before I completely give up because I love this genre...
I enjoy Dan Brown because I can escape from my daily 8-5 job. I would love to travel and Dan Browns' books have allowed me to do so.
It wasn't the greatest plot (never quite made sense why the villain, who dies in the beginning anyway, would want his "weapon of doom" found) but I enjoyed the art history, architecture and classical literature lesson. Dan Brown is a good professor, just like Robert Langdon and I appreciate him.
While I listened, I would travel on the internet to Wikipedia or other sites to look up what painting he was talking about or what architecture he was describing. (You'll need a smart phone or iPad/Kindle Fire to do this). It always fills me with a sense of wonder at the beauty of the past.
It also makes you think, and think hard about the planet we live on and how we should be better stewards of what we have. I like Dan Brown because he makes me think outside the box and I am a better more enlightened person for it. Thank you Dan!
I have listened to the 3 books in this series 4 times through now! I love the characters and the performance. These books have everything an adventure/fantasy lover could ask for: elves, wizards, dwarves, goblins, heros, villians, princesses, dragons, magic gems and swords...everything! All the books tie together with very little repetition since this is combination of the individual books. All the characters are solid. This is the first book I've listened to where my mind didn't wander. I remember the names of all the characters, even the names of the towns and cities they visited on their journey. Hadrian and Royce reminded me of a Monty Python cast members! I would start laughing outloud to the stares of others around me. The narrator did a perfect job with the expression of all the characters, even the females. Sometimes, I've found that the narration of a female by a male is too patronizing, or over the top, but not this narrator. I would highly recommend this whole series. "Theft of Swords", "Rise of Empire", and "Heir of Novron".
I loved "The Discovery of Witches" so much that I quickly bought "The Shadow of Night". It was very different than the first book. The first was hard to stop listening to. I couldn't wait to finish work so I could go home and listen some more. But the second book seemed to drag and I got lost in all the history and characters. I loved hearing about the famous people, but it distracted from the main characters. I had to go back to the end of the first book to figure out why Matthew and Diana went back in time in the first place. "Oh, yeah, to find some stronger witches to teach Diana, really?, or was it Ashmole 782?" The sexual attraction between the two was missing. In the first book Matthew had trouble controlling himself around her, but in the second book they seemed nearer friends with benefits. He was so strong and omnipotent in the first book but he seemed a different character in the second. He was "whipped". (Yes Diana, I'll do whatever you want). I love strong female characters but not so strong they overpower the male. I'm still old fashioned that way. I like my male vampires strong, dark and mysterious-not cowering over a woman. The flip between present and past was hard to follow because the author didn't give us a title like present day or past. You could probably tell this easier in a novel but it was impossible in an audible book. The perfomance was good. I liked that I could distinguish characters through her voices. But overall, I only gave this 4 stars to the original book which I gave 5. I might wait to get the third book. I don't seem to care anymore about Ashmole 782 or it's significance.
I love Kate Winslet, her voice is amazing and so soothing. I would listen to anything she read. From a cookbook to a medical research journal! If it wasn't for her performance, I would have stopped listening. It was a very predictable and very depressing. But artistically well written and performed.
I found this book difficult and disturbing to listen to at times. Not having any molestation or abuse in my past, I found it hard to continue listening. I can't imagine what someone who has been through a tramatic experience in their life would feel while listening to this selection. It made the hair on the back of my neck stand up listening to the cries and pleadings of the girls involved. Maybe I am overly sensitive to others suffering but I don't think I'll listen to this one again. I enjoyed her previous book much more.
Being new to audio books, this was one of the first books I purchased. I thought the performances were excellent and spot on! All the characters were read very well and I particularly liked the way Mr. Collins and the performers were able to capture the essence of their character within their station in life. Mr. Blake, the hero, being very formal and a little highbrow and the butler, Mr. Betteridge, being more down to earth and "real" in his search for meanings within his Robinson Caruso. The female character, Miss Clack, grated on the nerves as a person, but the woman who read her did an amazing job of bringing across her overly-religious zealotry and passion for the good book. It felt good that the main characters felt the same about her that I did and you had to admire her persistance to spread the good word. All in all, a very well written and well performed book with quick turns of phrase and excellent visuals. It didn't matter to me who took the moonstone, I just enjoyed listening to it.
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