I was hoping for a great ending. Instead I got an half-assed effort of tying some plot holes. Suzanne Collins, your characters deserved better than this.
Robert Jordan always talks about how hard it is to become Aes Sedai, but he never says what the test actually is. So he writes this book to try and explain it. He then throws in how Moraine and Lan meet and get together. There is some good information. I listened to this on after book 4, and I felt as if it was just Elaine and Nainieve being used to describe Morain and Suann. (sorry about spelling, I've never read the names, just listened to them) Jordan also introduces Cadsuane. It was an ok read, but wasn't as interesting as I thought it would be.
This is the most boring of the books so far. I'll be honest at this point they all seem more or less meshed together, but the only thing significant that happens in this book is the cleansing of Saidin and the introduction of a few new characters (daughter of the nine moons.) There is a little bit of plot advancement with some of the other characters, but nothing that couldn't ahve been written into another book. This entire volume could be summarrized in 5 minutes. If you've made it this far in the series, you're gonna listen to it, but be aware of the monotony.
If you understand that this book was written in the 50's and you understand that time and how people thought, it's pretty interesting. It has some major low spots that are boring, but the story itself and the thoughts it provokes are good. It's different than anything I have read. It's not amazing but it was worth the $5 I paid for it when it was on sale.
After the recommendation from half a dozen friends, I decided to pick tis up. It takes quite some time to get into, being quite boring in some parts. By the end you forget about that and are ready for book two. It feels like the first chapter of a really long book. I'm starting book two now, about 1/4 of the way through and it just keeps getting more interesting.
Like most people I only became aware of this story after having seen and read The Da Vinci code. This book is very suspenseful and the whodunnit/spoilers in this book beat those of the Da Vinci code. If you got used to his writing in the Da Vinci code, it is kind of annoying to go back to an earlier book where Brown uses a lot of cliche's regarding epiphones that Langdon has. It gets old having things' come to a stunning realization stronger than anything he had ever realized before." I think the cliche part is a little more noticeable because it is in audio form. Fantastic read though, 1000 times better than the movie.
I found myself laughing out loud multiple times throughout this book. Sometimes when I was trying to make myself not laugh. I loved it, and the quality of the recording was great as well.
Listening to this book I felt as if I was constantly waiting for the story to 'get going.' You may be familiar with the idea forcing yourself through a few chapters of a book to before you get interested. I got that feeling through this whole book and most of the way through the second book. It's nothing special, and shouldn't be mourned if missed.
After listening the first book I was left with a feeling of 'incomplete.' Not so much a cliffhanger as a stopping without finishing a complete thought. I figured by listening to the second book things would become clear. They never did. I finally felt like I knew who some of the characters really were halfway through this book, but some I never really got even by the end of the third. I got to really enjoy the voice acting, but I just don't like his writing. There wasn't enough that was tangible for me to hold onto as familiar. Everyone brings up his anti-religion views, and I found myself very frustrated that he never fully completes his argument(even by the end of the Amber Spyglass.) It was as if I was having an argument with a mentally deficient atheist. The best way I can describe his writing is a nonspecific commentary on how the world should be from a point of view that is difficult to understand due to it's incomplete nature. I tried to enjoy the series as just a story, but due to his incessant diatribes about the cruel unjust nature of the authority, this was impossible. He starts to pound the anti-religion aspect into the heads of the reader in this story. It gets to a point where he loses credibility. I never really felt like I could connect with any of the characters, except the ones he doesn't use often. I can't find much to really praise about these books. I feel as if the are only known due to their controversial nature vs their actual quality.
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