I understand why Neil Gaiman considers this one of his early favorites. Fafrhrd and the Gray Mouser are true originals and Leiber is a free-wheeling story teller. Fun story and excellent narration, as long as rats doesn't make you squirm (too much).
Kay's Tigana is superbly crafted. The story is riveting. The characters are varied and complex. Simon Vance is so good at breathing life into the tale that you forget there is only one narrator. Be sure to listen to Kay's Author's note at the end. A classic...
Riveting story, well-delivered by Luke Daniels (as always). The book felt compressed as if the author was writing under a page limit. As a result the characters were not thoroughly developed and the story skipped quickly from one event to the next.
Memorable characters, imaginative plot, at times totally captivating. Silly, 2nd rate humor detracts at times. The narrator was also uneven, maybe playing to a young audience. It would be interesting to hear this series interpreted by a more skilled storyteller.
No, not much dynamic creativity.
The main character has star potential. There are stretches of imaginative prose but lots of inane filler. At times the author is genuinely funny and at other times corny or predictable. The narrator rescues the book with his excellent timing and character voices.
Identical and inseparable college-aged twins inherit a London flat from their recently deceased, estranged aunt (their mother's identical twin). The twins move to London and are drawn into the life of the aunt's odd but endearing community of friends. The tale grows increasingly bizarre. I found the story slow, sepia-toned, and thought-provoking. The excellent narrator brings a diverse mix of characters to life and manages to hold the loosely braided plot together.
The Night Angel Trilogy grows increasingly multi-threaded, leaving the reader wondering where Weeks is ultimately going. He finally ties almost all threads together in a memorable conclusion that is worth the effort. Narrator Paul Boehmer improves as the book goes on and finishes with fine drama.
If you enjoyed Girl with the Dragon Tatoo, read this sequel but lower your expectations. Larsson exploits the exploitation of and violent treatment of women to frame his story. I found Blomkvist the most complex and interesting character in both books. Salander grows less plausible but still burns like a moral laser. The bad guys are cartoon characters. The narrator was uneven but seemed to get better as the book went on (and on...).
Talented, fragile teenagers degenerate into cynical alcoholic magicians or worse, with signs of recovery. Excellent narration. The story is uneven with exceptionally powerful moments. I will read the sequel.
Entertaining historical fiction that kept my attention despite the pretty silly caricature of Harvard U. and an ending designed for Hollywood. Kudos to the narrator. Shelved under "good airplane food."
Ayn Rand could have ghost-written this book. Plausible, compelling sci-fi with a few interesting characters, but at times the narrative is preachy and heavy-handed. The plodding narrator bears much of the blame.
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