I disagree with the other reviewers who said the story has split up into too many new characters. In fact, there were only a few new characters added. I found this second installment of the story to be just as compelling as the first and could not stop listening until I reached the end. I would have rather this installment had a little more satisfying ending, but overall I was very happy with the story. I can't wait for the final book, because, yes, there were a few cliff hangers.
I really loved this book. Lots of action, enough romance, mystery, twists, heroes, heroines, magic. This book has it all. The setting of the book was foreign to me because I had never read any of Brandon Sanderson's other books, so it took me a while to comprehend the world, but that was part of the entertainment. I really liked the way Brandon personalized the main characters of the book. By the last 4 hours of the book, I just couldn't stop listening.
The narrator was very good at keeping all the voices distinct and conveying emotion. I wouldn't say it was the best narration I have ever heard, but I would rate it pretty high.
I recommend this book and I wish there was a sequel. I would definitely read it if there was one. Is there any chance Brandon? I am planning on starting on one of Brandon's other books very soon.
I was entertained by the story and did finally get emotionally caught up in Sonea's welfare. But it took a long time before the story really exposed any emotion from Sonea for me to connect with. And many parts of the story seemed to go on forever, instead of moving to the event that the story was leading up to.
The narrator did an excellent job. I could easily differentiate between characters, and enjoyed the smooth, entertaining narration. I probably will eventually invest in the sequel.
The concept of the story seemed intriguing, and some parts of the story were entertaining, but the majority of the story was boring. I felt like I was back in school and learning all kinds of boring historical facts. The interesting parts were the character relationships. The narrator did not do a great job of differentiating characters. There were many times that I could not tell the voice of one character from another. But the narrator did have a pleasant, entertaining narrative. I won't be listening to the sequels.
This story kept me entertained from beginning to end! I thought the narrator did a great job keeping the characters distinct and conveying all the appropriate emotion with his voice. I don't normally like stories that jump back and forth in time, but I really enjoyed the intricate weaving of time that was done with this story. I highly recommend it. Very satisfying story, that leaves you wanting to hear more. Thankfully there is more to come!
This is my all time favorite audible series. I LOVE the story and there is no better narrator than Davina Porter. I love the way Diana Gabaldon intertwines real historical events and characters into this series. I have listened to all of the books in this series and I am waiting anxiously for the next installment. I originally bought this first book because it had high ratings and it was so long. I felt like I was getting alot for my money. I was not disappointed.
The only negative I can say is that (for me) all other audio books that I have listened to since these have failed to stand up to the excellence of this story, this narrator and the great length of each book in this series. That and the fact that waiting for the next book in the series is agony. But, if you started with the first book today, the ninth book may be out by the time you finish the eighth book.
Loved this book, and as always, loved the narrator. I mainly bought this book because Katherine Kellgren was narrating it, and I was not disappointed. It is a strange dark tale that is surprisingly very entertaining. I highly recommend this book.
I have just finished listening to the final book in this series and I can happily say I am very happy with the entire series. This first book is a bit slow to get into because the world of Alera is new and different and it takes time to comprehend all that is being described. Overall I loved this series. There is so much to this series. Lots of action, great battles, many different characters (that you will grow to love), impossible odds and satisfying conclusions at the end of each book. I have listened to all of the Game Of Thrones books (that exist to date) and enjoyed that series, but I enjoyed this one more, especially since all the books in the series have been completed.
The narrator does a great job with this series and remains the same narrator throughout. It did seem odd to me at first that a female narrator would be used for a story where the main character is male, but it works because the main character starts out so young, and by the end of the series I had become so used to the voice, it just felt natural.
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This story was as great as all the previous ones, with one exception. The ending. I felt a little cheated. I think the story should have continued for one more chapter. But it does leave me breathlessly waiting for the next book, as ususal. Katherine Kellgren was awesome, as I have come to expect.
Entertaining, Satisfying, Good
I liked the fact that once the couple got together, they stayed together to face all adversities together.
Great narrator. She did a really good job of voicing all the different characters such that they were readily recognizable as the story progresses.
The main character because of her down-to-earth quality and compassion.
Although the story was somewhat predictable, it had enough surprises to keep me entertained and continusouly wanting more.
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