Not really, no. By the end of book I was more annoyed than anything.
The Magicians and The Magician King are both enjoyable and I'm interested in the continuation of that series.
Not a fan.He does female voices well but he has an odd way of finishing sentences that started to grate on me after awhile.
No. There is not enough here to justify a sequel.
I enjoyed The Magicians and The Magician King so I figured I would check out this one. It's got an interesting premise and, given the tone of the other two books, I expected something similar with this. I was disappointed. I'd almost say the synopsis is misleading. The game, while taking up a good portion of the narrative, isn't all that important to the plot. By the end, the game is really superfluous to the overall story arc. And there are a few tense moments where you're expecting something to happen and nothing actually does. He builds a lot of moments that should have some kind of thrilling ending but they never materialize. The two man characters sneaking around in the dark, tension builds and then... nothing. They walk away with nothing at all happening. Once or twice that's okay but he does that in just about every instance. The other shoe that's waiting to drop does not only never drop, it doesn't even exist. No more is this apparent than in the ending. It's completely anti-climatic. All the energy put in to the game story arc has no bearing on the conclusion, the codex itself is nothing what you expect and it all boils down to family politics. If you're thinking of getting this book for some sort of supernatural thriller, don't waste your time. It's not a supernatural thriller and it's certainly not fantasy. Not in any sense. At best it's an uninspired novel of the garden variety fiction novel.
I don't think so. To me, the book never seemed to really take off. I think I was expecting something bigger in scope than what I got, but instead I spent the whole novel inside the petty politics of one claustrophobic and drowning city with only hints of the bigger world outside. To be honest, I was bored most of the time. Individual characters showed hints of being truly interesting, but they got lost in the larger narrative.
It can be summed up in one word: meh. As with the book as a whole, the ending hints at bigger things, but fails to deliver.
I'm not sure if I have or not, but he did a good job.
It inspired me to feel slightly annoyed at the friend who told me to get it because I would love it.
No. At the end of the book I felt completely underwhelmed.
I'm currently downloading The Daedalus Incident. I have no idea why this is relevant to this review???
I wouldn't not listen to it, but I wouldn't seek out his books just to hear him.
Based on how it finished, no. The book seemed completely pointless by the end.
The book sets up some very interesting premises. I'm curious to see how it all wraps up.
That said, the book moves painfully slow, at times. I wouldn't say any of it was superfluous, everything seemed to have a reason, but there was a lot of time spent with not much happening.
And I agree with previous reviewers that the editing makes it a very hard listen. A lot of times I can multi-task when listening to an audiobook but not much with this one. Even walking to and from work could be a challenge as I had to pay close attention to scene changes or I'd miss them. There literally is no pause between segments.
The explanation for the state of the galaxy was an intriguing one and something I'd not heard before.
More distinction between character voices. Everyone has almost the same accent. Couple that in with the lousy editing job and you've got a recipe for confusion. Normally I love John Lee's narration but this was not his best work.
Pretty sure it has one.
Worth the wait.
I've been eagerly anticipating this novel since I finished the Desert Spear. This kind of agony is why I try not to start a series until it's completed but sometimes that can't be helped.
How Brett is able to keep the story going. The series has a pretty big cast of characters and it can be difficult to keep all of them straight, but he's doing a good job.
The ending gave me an extreme reaction. I raged, but for good reasons. No spoilers, but when you get to the end, remind yourself that this is only book 3 of 5. And try not to count the days until you have #4 in hand.
Definitely one of the more exciting and interesting fantasy series running.
As an intro to sci-fi no. While it's got a lot of good elements, it moves a bit slowly. But if they were already familiar with the genre but hadn't yet come across this one, I would recommend it just because it's considered such a classic.
Honestly, I wouldn't say I had a favorite character.
The main narrator, yes. The man who did the voice of Baron Harkonen, no.
No, it's a bit dry for that.
The multiple narrators was not used to full effect in this audio version. I never could figure out any pattern of when they brought in the cast to do the voices and when they allowed the main narrator to read all parts. There were times when I thought it would have been better to bring in the full cast to better capture the mood but they didn't, and then in shorter exchanges between multiple characters, they do allow the rest of the cast. And the characterization differences between the main narrator and the cast are wildly different and can be a bit jarring at times. Especially when they switch back and forth in the same scene. I wish it had been more consistent.
Yes, if they were looking for something to hold them over until the next Dresden book.
To my untrained ear he pulls off the accents rather well.
The Iron Druid Chronicles are a fairly decent series of books. They're light-hearted and the author doesn't take the subject matter too seriously. However, it's obvious that Oberon, Atticus' hound is morphing in to a Jar Jar Binks-type character. Mr. Hearne seems to have him say something every time he wants to go for a laugh and it starting to seem too convenient. There are just times when I wish for the depth of story and emotion that I get in the Dresden Files. Each time I've come up to the climax in the stories it's almost completely unexpected. I keep expecting more.
As an actor, I've always liked John Glover. However, in this role I have to say casting him was a mistake. After spending hours upon hours with the voice of Harry Dresden in my ears over the last year or so, I simply can't accept Glover's narration or interpretation of the characters. I tried to go in to it with an open mind but a lot of the magic is gone. Glover just can't capture the raw emotions of Harry Dresden and cast the way Marsters has over the years. If this was the first book in the series it could work but, so far in to the franchise, it doesn't. I sincerely hope that Marsters returns for later audiobooks otherwise I'll be getting only the paperbacks in this series from now on. Mr. Glover, I wish you all the best, but James Marsters left shoes that are impossible for you (or anyone else) to fill. These audiobooks simply don't work without his narration, in my opinion.
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