I don't normally write reviews for books I don't care for but this one had so many positive reviews that I felt it necessary to add my opinion.
First, the author writes the book from the perspective of almost every character in the book, which is not necessarily bad, but she often switches from one person to another in mid sentence. This is annoying and very hard to follow. She also has a tendancy to be talking about an event or thought that is currently taking place and then goes on to explain stuff that WILL happen in the future and then add "but she didn't think of that now" or "but that wouldn't happen for years". If it didn't happen or wasn't thought of, don't bring it up. It's distracting from the story.
As for the story, I was excited to read a "Horse Whisperer" style novel with a female as the main character however she isn't really the main character and the story is pretty much pointless and doesn't really have anything to do with the horses. A story should have a beginning middle and end. The beginning of this book brings the young girl to a ranch and gets her hired on to break some horses. At this point characters should be developing so that we begin to understand who they are and why they do what they do. The author falls short on this. You get a vague sense of who each of them are but nothing more.
The middle is just a long rambling of events, none of which REALLY matter. Even the romance between the girl and guy is underwhelming and you keep expecting something to happen but it never does. In fact NOTHING really happens. People die and bones are broken but none of them are written as the main pivot point of the story.
The end is just a rushed wrap up as if the author got just as bored writing it as I got reading it.
The last complaint I have is the narrator. She was horrible. The book was read as if to a class full of school kids. The performance was overly dramatic and at times I stopped paying attention to the words because her performance was annoying me to the point of distraction. I will avoid listening to books read by her from now on.
Poorly written, poor story development, poor character development
Any of them could have been cut. Not one character was developed enough to be pivotal to the non existent story line.
Great story filled with well written characters and a fabulous performance, just as I have come to expect from Charles Todd.
I have listened to all of both series by Todd and they are great. This one was particularly intriguing because you really have no idea until the end who did what. Well done
This is the best version I have heard of the Arthurian legend. It deals mostly with the religious struggle and less with the sorted love story, although that plays a major role. I was slightly disappointed with the conclusion. Morgain's revelation at the end just seemed a bit contrived. Knowing the status of women throughout history it didn't really ring true to me. But overall it was a good and thought provoking story.
I love this series and absolutely anything read by Davina Porter. The St Cyr series is very well thought out and intriguing but above all it is well written. It is the kind of mystery that you are trying to solve all the way to the end. And the personal drama is evolving nicely. Great read.
This is a good story and interesting concept but the story leaves something missing in the end. It kept me engaged all the way through but was not as fulfilling as other similar type books I have read.
Yes the plot was engaging and exciting but disjointed. It was as if there were 3 separate book ideas forced into one storyline. Each idea was good and kept me engaged but distracted from the overall plot of the book.
The best scenes were of Shadow on the tree but I kept hoping for more revelation and some "a ha" moment that never really came.
From the very beginning I was fascinated by the concept of old gods vs new gods and the main character's interaction with them both. Unfortunately the book never really reached the concepts full potential. The whole book is a build up to a battle that just never happens. Even though the story leaves the reader wanting something more the story is a good one. I had hope for an intellectual question and was expecting some thought provoking ideas. Throughout the book I believed that was where the author was taking us but then he just didn't.
The narration is wonderful as is the norm for George Guidall. He is a narrator you either love or don't and I am firmly in the love him camp. He captures Shadow's character in a believable way and his secondary voices are always consistent so you always know who is speaking even if the author doesn't tell you right away.
All in all I would recommend American Gods as a good and interesting story but don't expect thought provoking philosophical questions.
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