I found this listen entertaining though not engrossing. The author presumes that things are understood without explanation. I find it questionable the abilities of the actions by those in the book. The book highlights the good though of the Muslim and Islam people, something lately misunderstood.
This book I simply listened to in order to see the movie and understand what is to happen. I did not enjoy much the first and less so this one. Why? This is a continuing saga of a civilization that condones child murder. A supposed situation that perhaps awaits us in the future. I find it hard to believe is any scenario where that could be. The book does not developer except superficially the characters. This is indeed a teen novel series.
This book I first saw in movie format. Was a compelling movie but with that said the book far out does it. In the book the thoughts and reasons tell a compelling story of organized crime. Their feelings and thoughts as to their justifications of actions. A bit sensual, as becoming this world, but needed to color the novel in credulity. I enjoyed the story along with the history and learning that the novel entailed. I would recommend with the caveat as to the sensuality and violence within the pages. Not for those that avoid these readings.
I have read or listened to all of Brandon Sanderson's books. I find most of his stories distinctive and original. In this story though I felt it a futuristic xmen story line. There are creatures of distinct powers and they go about kicking the normal unfortunate humans around. Ones that are invisible, or fire-throwers ect. There is one or two supposedly invincible. The mutants of xmen kept crossing my mind. A bit disappointed of not being completely original as in his other works. Though in itself it's a good story and lead in to a possible series, I await more eagerly the continuing series of Brandon's other works.
I have an extensive library of audio books. I do not want to qualify myself as a book critic but in my opinion this book is quite difficult to follow. I listen to books as I drive 8 hours daily so I am usually able to follow the flow of a book. None the less with all the new and strange names associated with this book I was unable to follow even after 3 new starts of the narrative. I have thus given up for now. I suggest if you wish to listen to this book perhaps keeping notes of the names and their association to other characters would enable one to follow. I will say that the reader is excellent and I enjoyed for as long as I listened how her voice changed with the characters. She seemed to empower and added visualization through her narrative, Well done Anna Fields
I drive at night and day for lenghts of 10 to 11 hours without stopping. Time went by quickley during the listen. Exellent read, listen.
I listened to about 2-3 hours of the audible and though I like the story line and the narration I find the sexual overtones and comparisons to life offensive. Because of that I reject the book. I am not a prude and read / listen to many books and even those with these themes; for it seems that most books contain to degree sexual material, nonetheless this one goes beyond the mark. Audible was good at refunding credit and I herald their customer service. I just wish there was better reviews before purchasing.
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