On par with the rest of this series, which are among my very favorite audio books.
I think I have to go with Oberon, even though he and his comedic breaks are a tad over-utilized in the book / series. Likely, he is my favorite character because he basically lacks any kind of mental filter, and just blurts out all of the things that most people wish they had the courage to say.
It is really, really good, as per usual. That being said, it may be worth getting someone else on board to perform Granuaile's parts, provided she is sticking around, as his version of a young modern woman's voice is the weakest one you'll hear from Mr. Daniels in this series.
Just like other books in this series, I found myself "laugh out loud" happy, tense/anxious/worried, pissed, and then laughing again... I could go into detail about when and how my emotions were expertly played by the content and its delivery, but then I would be spoiling some pivotal moments in the plot, so I won't go into that here. It will suffice to say that I've enthusiastically enjoyed every one of these books, and my emotions / reactions to them are a big part of why I keep coming back for more. Seriously, I have developed an emotional attachment to Atticus, Oberon, and Granuaile.
If fantasy is your thing, jump in on book one, you won't be sorry!
(Unless you hate the dog's comic relief, in which case, you'll want a refund.)
No, not unless they had a few spare years and $100.00+ they didn't mind wasting.
Hire a real editor who had the balls to tell him the truth about how redundant >90% of his descriptions and character's exclamations were. Seriously, it felt like more than half of the novel was descriptions of fireplaces and stonework, characters smoothing their dress/tunic, characters licking their lips, characters sweating in a most detailed manner, characters wiping away said sweat in a most detailed manner, characters exclaiming: "Blood and Ashes!"... You get the point, it was more akin to the director's personal copy of the screenplay than a novel.
The performances were truly great, but the characters and the decisions they made were borderline retarded, which prevented me from identifying with them enough to have a "favorite".
Pity the people who spent all that money and time reading these awful books and rejoice that I had only purchased/read the one.
Bottom line: This could have been one of, if not the, best epic fantasy series ever. However, it was really only enough plot to fill 4-6 books and all the filler just overwhelmed the intentionally ignorant characters and the story into which they were woven.
(Quick, somebody, queue the Price is Right loosing horn!)
Gritty, Intelligent, Original
I'll compare it to The Hunger Games & The Running Man.
This book managed to set up a similar type of incredibly detailed and "over the top" world like both of those books did, but it did so in a way that kept everything grounded in a very gritty and realistic sense. In other words, with The Hunger Games & The Running Man, the setting is so far "out there" that it was difficult (if not impossible...) for me to forget that I was reading a work of complete fiction. However with Pure, I almost felt as though I had been granted some private glimpse into the future of this world, and then had to remind that myself this was complete fiction.
Nope...not that I'm aware of anyways... It was well done... maybe not as good as I expected with there being four of them and all, but it was definitely one of the better narrations I've heard.
I'm not quite sure, but I REALLY hope they do make a movie of it!!! So long as they keep the movie every bit as realistic and visceral as the book.
(read: Rated R, not a sissy PG-13 teenie-bopper interpretation like hunger games....)
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