I enjoyed listening to this book. It's shocking to hear the slang, the use of the n-word, and the prejudice demonstrated here by so many of the characters. But it is clear that Mark Twain was trying to capture time in a bottle, showing the language, customs, popular beliefs, However, the authordemonstrates his disapproval of the prejudice by the way the story unfolds. When Huck acts most prejudiced, he is trying to blend in with the crowd in order to help Jim. Jim ends up being the most noble character of all, with his self-less actions and deep sense of right and wrong. Elijah Wood was spot on with the reading. Worth the listen.
I never would have read this book on my own because there is so much fluff. But in between the fluff there are some good ideas. Could have been a lot shorter, but I am sticking to the diet, and it is a healthy change for me.
On the 1st listen, I was concentrating on the plot and the twists, and on that listen, I expected the action to come sooner. The 2nd time around, assured that the action was coming, I was able to enjoy the rich character development. The writer paints an intricate the portrait of Strike and his associates, and a vivid landscape of the surroundings. This is a beautifully written book that I expect will hold new surprises on every read. There is just so much there. I am starting "Silkworm" right away.
The first part of this book brings the reader up to date on characters they have met in the "Arrows" series, the "Last Herald Mage" series, and the "Mage Wind" series. While some time is spent filling the reader in on some details, it is written more to jar a memory than to explain the story. So I wouldn't advise jumping into this book as a newbie.
It does move slowly at first, but that is mostly to set up the canvas, and then the excitement and intrigue picks up. Another delightful book from Mercedes Lackey.
I missed the point of most of this book. The pacing would slow when describing some little detail, and then gloss over the main points of the book. I found transitions awkward, and frequently found myself how we got from one place to another and what the significance of a particular character was. The story didn't flow for me.
This series is getting increasingly commercial, and I don't find it as amusing or creative as I did in the past.
This is my first Simon Green book, and I very much enjoyed it. It was fun fantasy, a creative plot, and likeable heros. I've had a lot of dreary tasks to contend with recently, and this book helped me get through them with a smile. Stuart Blinder was a perfect reader for this. I will be looking for more books in the series.
I really enjoy this series, and this book follows suit. It was shorter than the others, and wished it hadn't ended so quickly, but I did very much enjoy it!
I tried...I really tried. I got through the other books somehow. But when I resolutely started this book and saw that the author was bringing in new characters and subplots and not even trying to wrap this story up, I freed myself up from this author's gigantic ego and inability to edit anything and gave myself permission to listen to something I liked.
And life was good again.
....And if I never hear of anybody's maidenhood again, that will be all the better.
I thought this book would never get started. The first 1/4 of the book moved very slowly. Plus, there were multiple plots that changed abruptly from chapter to chapter, and I kept thinking I somehow fastforwarded and missed the transition, so I had to relisten to the slowest parts of the book again trying to figure out how I got there. Eventually, this delightful author found her stride the story started to move at a good pace. But I tend think that maybe the abridged version wouldn't have been a bad idea on this one.
This book has some interesting characters and a lot of unexpected turns. But overall the series is very long-winded. I'm glad I read it but I can't say I think it's a fabulous series. It's just a series that goes on and on.
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