To be fair, this was recommended to me by someone who said that I did not have to read previous books in this series before I listened to this one.
I would have to disagree. I think by not reading previous books, in many ways this book made no sense. I had no understanding of the world the main character (Theo) was from and why it was so "rule" oriented and people were so cold towards their children. The other head scratcher for me was how being adept at dancing and certain dance moves made you a pilot. This idea just seemed odd and out of place. I kept thinking that a pilot must mean something else in this universe than what we know them to be.
The other problem with this book for me is that the character of Theo did not captivate my interest. When I was done with this book, I did not feel compelled to read any other books about her character. For me, the only interesting storyline in this was the developing relationship between Theo and her parents. Knowing that other books about her do not explore this relationship, I did not see any reason for me to continue with her story.
Lastly, the narrator was not the best in my opinion. Her voicing of some characters was pretty good, but others were very annoying. Also, she never really paused when the story went from one storyline to the next. I found myself confused because one minute you were on one planet with certain characters and without warning we would be on another planet with other characters. I would often have to rewind just to figure out what had just happened.
If you are really interested in reading books in this series I would not start with this book. Maybe had I not done so, I would not have felt so lost and disinterested.
I have to say I have read several books by Dennis Mckiernan but "Trek to Kraggen Cor" and "The Brega Path are two poorly written books. I have read somewhere that these two books were written before the Iron Tower Trilogy which I could believe. The Iron Tower Trilogy is far superior and the characters and story are much more developed and interesting.
Unfortunately Trek and Brega's Path are horribly boring and the characters are far less engaging. While the Warrows in the Iron Tower were smart, brave and interesting, the Warrows in the Silver Call are whiny and annoying. It was hard for me to like the characters in this book. I always felt like they were preaching or speaking as if they were talking to a 5 year old.
To be fair, it could have been the reader of these books that made the Silver Call so unbearable. After listening to the Iron Tower and Cameron Beierle's naration, Jerry Sciarrio sounds awful. He sounds like he is out of breath and has way too much saliva when he is reading. Plus he came across very rushed, choppy and forced. He does not have the ease in narration that Cameron had. Also, he could never seem to get the pronunciation of Tuck and/or Tuckerby correct. He would sometimes get it right but other times he would pronounce it in several different ways (Tuckburry, Took, etc....) It became really annoying.
Sadly, I would recommend buying these books and skimming them or just reading a synopsis of these books. They are not worth listening to. At least if you read the books you can skip past all the dribble and get to the meat of the story.
I have to admit, I am an avid science fiction/fantasy reader but had never read the Hobbit. I am going to get massacred by many for saying that this story was a little boring and slow. Unfortunately this book might have been a victim of over-hype for me. I think I had heard so may great things about the book and how it was one of the best ever written in the genre, my expectations might have been a bit too high.
On a good note... the narrator of this book was great. If nothing else he made the book more enjoyable.
This book was a great ride from beginning to end. I purchased this book before realizing that it was a movie I had seen and disliked in the 90's. I was worried I had made a mistake, but I am glad I decided to give it a chance because the book was far superior to the movie. The story never bored me and kept me on my toes at all times. The characters were well developed and interesting. I was so impressed that I immediately purchased the next book in the series.
David Colacci was excellent as a narrator for this book. He was able to get the feel for the characters and had a good handle on different accents etc... I was also impressed that this novel had sound effects. I liked the fact that when people were in large chamber like rooms you heard a bit of an echo when people spoke, also when people were talking on the phone or on hand held radios their voices sounded different due to the sound effects. It made the who experience of listening to the book much more real and made me feel like I was actually there.
I hope that the second book is as good as the first.
After listening to this book for a little over an hour, I finally had to give up. At first I thought it was the story, but then I realized it was not the story at all, but the narration. I think I am one of very few who thinks that Bronson Pinchot does a horrible job at narrating this book.
Each character came across and either dim-witted/slow or bored/blase. Also, Mr. Pinchot seemed like he had a extreme amount of saliva or marbles in his mouth the entire time. I swear there were times I felt like Alfred Hitchcock was reading this book rather than Bronson Pinchot.
This is an interesting story with interesting characters and if the narration had been better this would have been a great audio book. But, for me this was not the case. Instead I purchased the ebook and read it on my own. This was a much better option.
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