I've read quite a lot of OSC and I have to disagree with a lot of the reviewers. I found this one really dragged for me. The characters were interesting, as was the story, but there were endless conversations about the intricacies of time travel with the same concepts repeated over and over. I would have found the book moved much more quickly without that. If you read time travel books, you know there are paradoxes and you simply suspend those in your head and keep reading. I felt like he was trying to justify the physics of time travel with these repeated conversations and it just got in the way for me.
In addition (like many have mentioned), the narration was a mess. No individual narrator was bad, but there was no flow from character to character. It was like whoever happened to be in the studio that day did the narration. Very disjointed.
I'm not moving on to the next in this series.
This was so much fun hearing the front story to Hadrian and Royce's relationship as well as gaining a better understanding of Gwen. After the next book, I'm going to go back and listen to the Riyria Revelations again (something I never do with audio books) just to hear it all in one neat package.
Some have said don't start here, but I don't think it would hurt anything. I do think understanding the characters before you hear this book might be useful and give you a better appreciation of it, but you would still understand the story with no problem.
If you're on the fence about reading any of these books, don't be. I have over 500 books in my audible collection and this is one of my favorite series of all of them. The only bad thing about the series is it eventually ends and you have to leave all these guys behind. Do yourself a favor and add Royce and Hadrian to your collection of fictional friends.
While I've liked a lot of YA novels, this one just bored me senseless. I got 1.5 hours in and gave it up. Maybe if all of the references or fantasy fiction was new to you it might be worth the time, but it just felt cliched to me. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen but kept getting hit with yet another fictional reference. It seemed to be the entire point of the book.
If you're looking for something to share with your kids, go for it. If you're an adult who likes fantasy, keep looking.
This was a perfectly good listen when all pistons were firing, but it definitely got bogged down at times. The character of Mary was fun and interesting and the author did a good job of capturing the Holmes we all know and love. But my mind wandered during the times when the story got sidetracked and away from the cases. The Palestine trip read like a Zionist travelogue and it felt really jarring in the midst of a mystery novel; like the author was attempting to bring true depth to a not particularly deep book. And just to make it clear, I would have felt the same way had she gone to Rome and waxed poetic for quite a long time about Catholicism while quoting scripture. It just seemed out of place.
That said, it was an enjoyable listen although I probably won't seek out any more of the series.
I like Michael Connelly a lot. I lived in LA for 20 years so that's always a fun aspect for me, but I love the humanity of his characters. We're all flawed but most of us do the best we can and Connelly's characters truly embody that. Mickey Haller is particularly irresistible.
This one just took off for me from the first moment and never let go. I'm not going to give away the plot or write a synopsis, but if you like Michael Connelly or courtroom dramas in general, you will love this book!
Yes, this is sweet and a bit sentimental in parts, but it's also a really nice coming of age story. 21 is an emotional time in life and hindsight gives us the opportunity to cringe at what seemed important at the time. I think King did a great job of showing Devin as a real guy dealing with the ups and downs of becoming an adult while tossing a decent mystery into the mix.
Having spent a summer of my own at a local amusement part (including "wearing the fur,") I appreciated the details of being young among the carnies. It's a magical world you know you'll leave at summer's end, but some part of it will never leave you, as it never did Devin.
If you're looking for old school King horror, this probably won't be your cup of tea, but if you're looking for a really good listen with a few tears and laughs along the way, then by all means download this book.
This was my first Joe Hill book (got interested after reading about the King family in a recent NYTimes mag story). While I understand why he needed to shed his family name, it had nothing to do with his skill as a writer. He's every bit as gifted as his dad (and his mom as well, she's just not as well known) and has a very distinct voice.
The characters were nicely drawn (and the narration was perfect) and the story ticked by quickly, keeping me in my office chair long after I was ready to stop working (editing photos). And it's such a unique story line. After a lifetime of reading, I'm always happy to find something that feels completely different to me. And while you had a pretty good idea how things were going to turn out, guessing the twists and turns wasn't really the point of this story. It was the ride along the way and the outrageous nature of the situations people found themselves in.
Also, it wasn't classically horrific. It didn't keep me awake at night or have me looking over my shoulder. It was creepy at times, sure, but there was a cartoon quality to the characters that kept it more about the story and less about the fear. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with this book.
...but I found that fun. A lot of reviewers have commented on the myriad twists and turns and how they found it unbelievable. I tend to find most mysteries slightly unbelievable, so I just decide if the author kept me guessing and gave me enough to entertain me. This one definitely did.
I disagree with the idea that you didn't have enough information to make a good guess as to who done it. You did, but it wasn't breezy by any means. I'm guessing the translation made it a little cluttered, but all in all it kept me at my desk editing photos, which is what I ask from my audible books.
If you're not a regular Karin Slaughter reader, I wouldn't start with this book, but I would definitely go back and listen to the whole series, because they're totally addictive. You can stop the review here.
If you do follow this series, hopefully you'll like the side of Will that's a little rougher. I know I did. Despite his dyslexia, I always found Will likable, but a little too nice. He has to deal with some things in this book that toughen him up some and I think Slaughter does a very good job of showing him as less than perfect - like all humans. Ditto with Sarah. She does the unexpected a couple of times and I always appreciate that.
Overall, I love Slaughter's writing and as an Atlanta resident, I think she gets a lot of things about the area right while most writers (those who are not Southern) simply play into the same old stereotypes about the South. Keep them coming!
I enjoyed the first book quite a lot and had high hopes for this one, but the story really bogged down a couple of times. Felurian, the sexy fairy section, went on forever. I felt like I was reading someone's fantasy. I don't like romance novels and the endless descriptions of their encounters really slopped over into that genre.
The Adem mercenaries chapters were also long and tedious by the end of them. And their world just seemed contrived. I'm no prude, but again I found the "you can have sex with anyone and there is no emotional consequences or pregnancy" aspect of their culture a little too much like every man's fantasy. I don't like to be taken out of a story by the voice of the author and I felt like that was what was happening.
All that said, I will probably listen to the last one when it comes out. There's enough interesting going on that I want to know what happens, but I was a bit disappointed and felt the book could have been better with a judicious edit.
I had basically given up on fantasy after spending 6 months on The Wheel of Time and finding nothing after that that I enjoyed. I decided to try this based on the reviews and I'm so glad I did. This is great old school fantasy with wonderfully turned out characters, a real story and lots of surprises tossed in. This is not a warmed over version of every other fantasy story ever written. And (yea!) it's not a coming of age story. Nothing wrong with a good one of those, but it's over done in this genre. In fact, the characters are adults with adult problems, strengths and foibles.
The only problem I have with this series is I want more.
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