Overall, I really enjoyed this book and the narration. However, I should warn potential readers that the narrator takes some getting used to. Tim Gerard Reynolds is a talented narrator, but he is also English. This book takes place in Atlanta, Georgia. Some of the characters have southern American accents. The narrator made the choice to actually do the accents. I think I would have preferred if he had just stuck with his normal accent.
That's all. Once you get used to the accent (and I think it gets less pronounced as the book progresses) you'll be fine.
As far as the story goes, it took a little while to get going, and sometimes the main character's inability to understand what's going on around him is kind of frustrating, but once it gets going, it's quite good. I'm really looking forward to reading or listening to Dust.
After the third book, Sabriel, I wasn't too quick to pick this one up. I liked that one well enough, but it felt incomplete, like the book ended just as the story was starting. So when I finally did pick this one up, I was pleasantly surprised that it picked up almost exactly where that one left off. They really should have been one book. But whatever, this was a well written and beautifully read book, and anyone who liked the earlier entries won't be disappointed with this one.
And if you were disappointed by Sabriel, give this one a shot.
I had heard that if you're going to read any of the Star Wars books, this is the trilogy to read. So I gave it a shot. I have to say that the production of the audiobook was amazing. There was music and sound effects. The narrator did an excellent job of mimicking the voices of the original movie actors. So I have no complaints there.
As for the story itself, I think it just felt like if I had read it when I was 12, I would have loved it. As it was, it didn't really do anything for me. I've always liked Star Wars, and I thought I would really like this, but I didn't.
I really tried with this one. I'd heard great things. But I just couldn't get all the way through it. The story was a very straightforward cookie-cutter fantasy. I really felt like I knew a lot of what was going to happen from the outset. But I also didn't care about any of the characters.
I listened to this and attempted to read the kindle version at the same time. I found that the book was a bit better when I read it than when I listened. The narration was just so flat that it was hard to stay focused. There were characters with similar names (especially when spoken). This was enough of a problem that even halfway through the book (which admittedly is about where I stopped) I would still have to stop and try to figure out who was who.
Eventually I got to the point where I had like 14 hours left and I just couldn't imagine spending that much time listening to a book that I don't really like. So I stopped.
This entire series is just an amazing blend of fantasy and sci-fi. I can't remember another book that melds the genres together so seamlessly and in a way that feels effortless to the reader.
The writing is quite excellent, the pacing is quick, and the plot is interesting and hard to predict. I can't recommend these enough.
Also, for what it's worth, I've seen these books described as dark and grim and grimdark. Sure there's some violence and some sadness, but it's nothing out of the ordinary. Plus, I laughed out loud quite a few times as well. These books don't deserve such a reputation for darkness.
The narration is awesome. James Clamp is perfect for the story, and I would like to listen to more books of his.
I read Prince of Thorns a year ago, and I loved it. I only waiting this long to read King of Thorns because I didn't want to blow through the entire series in a week.
The plot is tight and quite captivating. The prose is beautiful, which is something of a rarity in the genre. And the characters are fascinating. The growth of Jorg was something that I wasn't really expecting, but it was really interesting to follow.
I would recommend the book and the series to anyone who likes fantasy or good writing. Anyone looking for a good series to tide them over between episodes of Martin's Song of Ice and Fire would definitely enjoy these.
James Clamp's narration is excellent. I wouldn't change a thing.
Abercrombie's writing never disappoints, but it's as sharp as ever. The story is exciting, moving, dark, funny, and probably some other things as well. The narration is first-rate. Pacey brought the characters to life perfectly. I would strongly recommend this to any fan of Abercrombie, or fantasy, or books, or life.
I didn't know what to expect from Sabriel. But I really enjoyed it. It does tend a little bit toward the YA genre. The protagonist is an 18 year old girl. But I'm a 37 year old man with daughters of my own, and I enjoyed it a great deal. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy.
This is the story of Wade Watts, a teenager in the future who spends most of his life inside the OASIS, a virtual world that started out as a video game, but has become an escape from reality for most of the people on earth. When the creator of the OASIS died, he left behind the ultimate game. The winner of the game would inherit his fortune and control of the OASIS itself. The game consists of finding 3 keys, which will unlock 3 gates. The first person to get through the third gate will find the "easter egg" and win the game, along with untold riches. The only clues anyone has to go on are the creator's love of all things from the 80's. Books, video games, movies, music, and even technology.
I grew up in the 80's. So I experienced firsthand almost all of the things referenced in this book. I expected the references to get annoying, or at least to exist just to say "Hey, remember Dexy's Midnight Runners???" or something equally stupid. But it wasn't that way at all. Ok, so the references were a little over the top at times, but there were many more times when they made me laugh out loud, or they gave me a dopey sense of pride that I was able to solve a puzzle before the answer was given in the book.
But the thing that makes or breaks this book isn't the references. It's the story. And I thought the story was wonderful. Even though most of the action is taking place in a virtual world, there is some very real life danger and drama. The characters become people you care about, even though you only know them as avatars.
All in all, I loved it. It's not for everyone, but anyone who has ever been a gamer, or considered themselves a geek, or grew up in the 80's (or all 3) would find this right up their alley. I was discussing it with a friend of mine who also read it, and he said "It's great that you liked it so much, but it was written just for me." That's how it feels to read this book.
All of that covers the book itself, but doesn't mention the performance of the narrator, Wil Wheaton. He was the perfect choice for this audiobook. You can tell he understands and loves the subject matter, and he just adds another layer of awesome on top of an already awesome story.
I really enjoyed listening to this in my car during my commute every day. The narration is excellent. Michael Kramer has a cool voice and does a good job of differentiating the characters. The story itself is a lot of fun and toward the end, I found myself sitting in the parking lot when I should have been heading in to work. The only complaint I have is that the writing became a little repetitive, and this may have only been because I was listening to it. There was a lot of "xyz said" and then "abc said", etc... It was a little bit distracting at times. Other than that, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to anyone looking for a fun fantasy read.
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