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I might have given this book an extra star if it was labeled as a teen or YA (young adult). I would not have purchased it if I had know because many of the obvious teen plot lines end up in the book. To be fair to the author, I did continue on reading even after I realized this book was written for kids in mind. The author is quite talented and I did enjoy his writing style. He kept me interested enough to keep reading. Will I get book 2? I'm not sure. I suppose it depends on how interesting the Summary sounds but right now I'm thinking no, I will not.
Final Words: The book's description is accurate. If you liked books like I am Number Four you will enjoy this book.
Hello. I am a fan of fantasy books but I often delve into the scifi genre, especially when Orseon Scott Card is the author. I am a huge fan of Ender's Game and the sequels involving Ender and Valentine. I stayed away from the other books involving Peter the Hegemon and Bean because they didn't involve Ender, at least not directly. Boy, was I wrong to do so. I sampled the free preview for this book and found myself wanting to know more. I really enjoyed this book and although I wish it had ended differently (I won't say how because I don't reveal spoilers) butI'm hoping in the future Mr Card will continue on with this story line. It is not Ender but it is enjoyable in its own right. The characters pull you in and as always, the author's writing style keeps you reading. Often I plan on spending maybe 30 miuntes but end up putting it down 2 hours later. Card's talent shines throughout this book.
If you like Ender and his "universe", you will enjoy this book. One thing I think I should add.....I didn't read the previous (I think it was 3) books in this series and I didn't feel I missed out on anything in this book because of it. Sure, I would have known more of the back story if I had read the earlier books and sometime I will go back and read them because as the Title above states, I didn't realize I liked Bean this much.
Many reviews I read complained about this story being a ripoff of the Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas but I don't understand the criticism because this book is intended to be a modern take on that story and it is admitted by the author.
This book held my interest easily. Roger Allam does a wonderful job narrating and I will most definitely be looking for more work from him in the future. Much like other great narrators, he made me forget that I was listening to someone read a book. It's hard to explain but I was able to concentrate on just the story and enjoy the tale.
There were times where I couldn't see how Danny, our protagonist, would be able to get out from under the huge mess he was thrust into but everything came together quite well in the end. I did rage a little at many of the injustices and some parts were a little painful such as at the start; it did not seem plausible that Danny would be found guilty of murder in such an improbable situation but overall I was able to see just how easily one man's situation can change. I did remember reading many times how innocent people were sent to jail and it does happen much more often than most people would think. It is a sad but true fact of life in a country where money buys you a better defense.
The Count of Monte Cristo is a classic that should be enjoyed by every reader in my opinion and I would recommend this take on the story to anyone who enjoyed the Count of Monte Cristo. I daresay Alexandre Dumas would enjoy this take on his classic story.
Reading the description for the book I thought this would be another book preaching the Christian religion and trying to get everyone on the path to God but I was pleasantly surprised. I try to stay away from Spoliers in my reviews so I'll just say that our protaganists and their interaction with people in the past was a lot of fun. I found myself laughing at many points in the book. I am not a strictly devout Roman Catholic but I was raised in the faith so although my recollection of every story in the bible isn't near perfect I was able to remember enough to really enjoy the different events Tom and David encountered. My foreknowledge so to speak, did not ruin parts for me but instead enhanced the story I think.
On to the elephant in the room. Will a strict atheist enjoy the book? I have to say they might not. A very lage part of the core of this book takes for granted that Christianity is correct. I can't say more without offering up Spoilers so that is all I can say about that. I think that in order to really enjoy this book you must at least believe that a higher power just might exist. If you can not at least concede that point then sure, you might enjoy the book simply for its fictional storytelling value, but I think that you might not enjoy this book.
This book was one of those rare books where I was dreading the end but not because the story was bad or something bad was to happen, I wanted the story to keep going. I could not put this book down. I listen at work when the situation allows and two days running I made it home in the morning only to sit in the car an extra 10 minutes to keep listening.
The author has a very good writing style. He kept the story moving along and he kept me interested. I often speed up the narration to get through the boring parts in a book but I was finished with this book before I noticed that I had never even thought of changing the narration speed.
The concepts in this story can keep the protagonist busy for at least 2 more books in my opinion. I really hope the author continues this storyline.
I am going to return this book later on today. I tried repeatedly to get this book started but I just can't keep my mind on the story. I am a huge Forgotten Realms fan and love most of the novels but last night I finally bought the Kindle version and am already several chapters into the book and enjoying it. I've dealt with bad narrators before, I have over 150 audiobooks after all, but speeding up the narration to 1 1/4 or faster didn't help. I am not a huge fan of "Fareeda" (phonetically spelled from the way the narrator pronounces Farideh's name) but the 3 of them are fun to read about. I mean Farideh, her sister and the prince. After a spell they are very likeable but again, only in print, at least for me.
Most often I find that protagonist in most books lacking in certain ways but often the author compliments the hero with a supporting cast and they often come together to make the story enjoyable. The Gray Man is awesome in that the supporting cast is a plus but as legendary as he is in the book, he is very human in that he has his flaws and many I can relate with easily. I have zipped through the first two books and I'm a little sad seeing that there is currently only 3 titles in the series. The 4th will be out soon but not soon enough for me.
One thing that I couldn't help but laugh at. The Gray Man struggles with what is starting to be an addiction to pain killers. The author needs to learn a little more about morphine. It is not a psychedelic which at 20 mg will cause him to stare at the ceiling during a phone call and not be able to speak to his superior without stuttering, saying "whoa" and "wha?" when it comes time to talk about the exfiltration of a kidnapped president with his commando team leader whom he is holding captive can only say "Wow, they wind up those celing material strands by hand into these little......so on and so on". This was not his first time taking extremely strong painkillers and the amount he took would take the edge off, not cause him to trip as if he was on acid. I love the way the author does not get preachy about addiction but instead treats it as a normal person would treat it. Drugs are bad, we all know this since we are adults after all, and I was happy to see the author didn't decide to preach to me about it. Instead he describes how our hero deals with it, or doesn't deal with it for that matter since I don't know what will happen later.
Lastly I really enjoyed the author's writing style. The story kept me interested and as with some books, I did not have to go back to reread a section because something just didn't click. At times I forgot I was reading a book (listening, you know what I mean) and just enjoyed the story. The narrator gets a big thumbs up from me for this as well. They both hit the mark dead on.They were both....On Target! Sorry, I could not resist.
I was only able to give this book 4 stars for Story because although I really liked the book, it felt somewhat incomplete. Maybe it was the way it swapped back and forth between the two time lines, I don't know. Please don't misunderstand, I did like the book a lot, but each time I started really falling into the one time line story I was pulled back into the other. The two stories were well thought out and presented, my complaint isn't there....it's just that, well, maybe I'm not a fan of the split time line method.
That said, I still had to rate the overall and story a full four stars. It was that good I think.
The performance I gave 5 stars because the narrator is truly an artist. His narrating was good enough that often times I forgot I was hearing a reading, he had me so engrossed in the story.....know what I mean? It's hard to explain but please trust in this, James Langton is an artist and he really brought out the best in the novel.
I enjoyed book one in this series but this book really took off. It's nice to see a story written for adults that doesn't involve teenagers stumbling along and having everything come together in the end mostly by accident.
We learn much more about Nathan in this book as well as Tommy the Werewolf. Tommy wasn't exactly a major player in book one, or at least not one I cared much about but in this book we learn much more and to be honest, the more I learned the more I liked him.
No spoilers, don't worry. I'm just glad the author included Tommy and I think you will also
I can guarantee that if you enjoyed book one, this one is a no-brainer. You will love it. Nathan just gets better and better.
For fear of giving up a spoiler I can only say, some things start to make more sense...finally.
I kept seeing the Night/Day Watch titles in my searches at Audible but for one reason or another, I kept skipping by them. I finally took the chance and I regret not doing so sooner. Maybe its because of the translation from Russian or maybe something else completely, but the flow of the story is captivating. Sometimes I forgot I was listening to a book. I would start thinking about this or that aspect of the story and often I had to rewind a section because I would just "space" out during a part. LOL. I thoroughly enjoyed the rich and detailed world the author setup. He has quite a talent for keeping the reader interested and wanting more. This book more so than others I've loved, kept me wanting to listen "just a little longer". More than once, after driving home listening I'd sit in my car on the driveway for a bit, just to get an extra 10 minutes farther into the story.
I will most definitely be following up this book with the Day Watch that I believe comes next. For those of you looking for something just a little bit different in the fantasy genre, this is it I think.
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