On the surface, this book seemed very promising. The premise was very good, parallel worlds, one in which magic does not work and the other where it is the driving force.... oh, and one that sits between the two. Lots of possibilities!
Even at the beginning, the writing was good and the narrator did a fair job of infusing each character personality.
Then in the middle of the thing it turned into "chick porn" full of heaving bosoms and.... well, more descriptive.... uh.... descriptions.
This was not what I signed on for.
Once the gears were shifted from fantasy to romance novel all kinds of things go wrong. We have a guy whose shoulders are so broad the slight girl behind the wheel of a pickup is nearly crowded out the door. And his eyes! His eyes are.... what color were they? Oh, yes. Green. Very green. Deep green. There are more mentions of his green eyes than there are of his name. Green eye's and nothing but shoulders..... with green eyes embedded somewhere in them.
There are so many cliches that the author feels compelled to answer several of them with, "Of course he was...." Or maybe they weren't cliches until they were used so often that they actually became cliches over the course of the book.
I really like genre blending, but if one of them is something I detest I'd like a little warning up front. I won't read another book in the series and I will be trading this one in. If I can remember the author's name I won't purchase another one of her books.
If you're familiar with the Riyria duo you'll already know and love the characters. It's like a scrumptious morsel of something you already have a taste for. What's not to like?
This is a lighthearted romp through a hilariously wrought dip fantasy world. The thing I dreaded after awhile was the narrative device wherein the main character interrupts the story. It's similar to the grandfather reading the Princess Bride to his grandson..... Well, the movie version anyway. I haven't read the book. The difference here though is that it's not used with precision when appropriate, but it's slammed into every chapter with all the finesse of sledgehammer blows. If not for that I would have read more in the series.
First, let me address the issues with the audio. The first half or better of the book is in bad need of editing. There is absolutely no pause between the last word of a chapter and the heading for the next chapter. Not even a comma! This is the point I like to pause to resume later
Overall, the reader was good, but his pronunciation of some of the place and character names was confusing. Names that are distinct when seen printed are confusingly similar when he reads them.
The story itself is good and seems on par with other works from this author with a few exceptions. There are a few continuity errors but the biggest problem I had was how suddenly, toward the end of the book, he starts pulling the various threads together in short, choppy little chapters that just feel rushed.
While I like a book whose story is started, developed and resolved within a single volume, a series of books, be it a trilogy or simply multiple volumes following a single character or group of characters, always makes me smile.... That is, when the opening story is one that holds my attention and makes me want more.
When I finish a lead book in a series I'm excited because I now have a stronger sense of what book I may choose to spend my credit on next.
Theft of Swords was a great start to the Riyria Trilogy. The protagonists were fun to get to know and the storyline moved along without too many hitches. Occasionally attributing a comment to a character who isn't present and continuity errors do bother me, but they were few enough that it did not hamper the telling of a good tale.
Highly recommended if you're into fantasy. Can't wait to dig in to Book 2.
This book lays out the connection between physical activity and brain development very well. Having acquired a brain injury (the entire reason for opening an Audible account as reading has become a daunting task) I found the material very encouraging. But the book isn't about brain injuries or deficiencies beyond those we impose upon ourselves.
Anyone can benefit from the information in this book if you want to improve brain health and learning ability.
No. Narrator butchers so many words I keep shutting the thing off rather than hear more.
Not really the type of material that would translate well.
Every school child learns about Copernicus, and can probably render the name better than CupperNIKus. When he refers to a speech impressing those assembled at a dinner, the people are not 'diners' but are 'dinners'.... Or perhaps it was the food that was impressed and not the people at all.
The latest mangling has me not listening for a couple of days now. In explaining the birth of Islam the narrator says that Arab children were sent into the desert where they were raised by.... prepare for it..... 'Bodines'. Bo-deens. Now I don't know why the kinfolk of Jethro from the Beverley Hillbillies took it upon themselves to move to the deserts of the Middle East to raise Arab kids, but I'm pretty sure the Bedouins don't like the practice.
Now I remember why I stopped listening last year.... I'd like to glean what information I can from this book (or books I think) but the wholesale slaughter of language is really harshing my mellow, man.....
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