I have previously listened to The Power of One and Tandia by the same author and narrator. Thoroughly enjoyed The Power of One. Enjoyed Tandia a little less. I'm deducting a star from my rating of The Persimmon Tree because I was so disappointed by the ending. I thought at first that part of the book did not get downloaded and I missed a big chunk of the end. Will still try another Courtenay book but probably not Fishing for Stars (the sequel to The Persimmon Tree).
There was so much detail throughout the book until the end. I wanted a substantial ending!
I cannot speak for all the accents, but his English with a Japanese accent is amazing.
Initially I would have said yes because I wanted the stories of Nick and Ana to continue. But after reading reviews of Fishing for Stars, I'm content to leave them as I envision them now.
I liked this book very much. The characters were consistent, believable, and wonderfully described. The narrator was great. He made each voice distinguishable, did not over dramatize.
There is, however, one detail that keeps niggling at me. I even went back and listened to sections again, thinking perhaps I’d missed it. Why were the “treasures” kept? Other than this, I thought everything flowed beautifully. Despite my missing the explanation for this, I liked this book very much and found it a compelling listen.
This book was originally published serially in a newspaper. I don't think I would have liked to read this book in that way--I would not have wanted to wait for each installment!
I’m glad to see that there is a second book for I, like the author, have grown attached to the characters. I have also read a couple of the books in the author's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, and although I also liked those characters, I feel that this book somehow has a bit more substance and is, therefore, more interesting.
I used to say that I’m not a fantasy fan, but perhaps I am. I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in Shai’s plight and marveled at the Sanderson-created world and its possibilities.
Maybe because this is a novela, I felt less time was spent on the minute, stage-setting details of the "world", which allowed us to get to the heart of the story sooner. I like that aspect of this being a novela; at the same time, I would have loved for this to be a series. I want more Shai!
I thought the narrator's voice was ideal for Shai and that she did very well with the other characters as well, making each one distinguishable.
A very enjoyable and engrossing listen - even if it is fantasy! ;)
Not what I expected. For some reason, I was expecting this to be kind of a lighthearted fantasy about a boy and his pet lion. Wrong. Instead, the first part of the book was an exploration of religion. The section on the boat was more adventure with education on animal training and other tidbits.
I did not care for the conclusion. Am I supposed to choose what I believe happened? And is that choice supposed to indicate my view on religion? It was a little too nebulous for me. It's not that I object to books that make me think. I guess I just didn't expect this book to have an underlying religious theme.
I would best describe this book as "pleasant." The characters are pleasant; the narrator is pleasant.
If you're looking for any sort of crime thriller, this is not it. The "mysteries" are pretty minor and easily solved by our ladies.
The narrator had a very pleasant voice and represented each character well and captured the book's nuances very well also.
I should say that this was my first book in the series (even though it's no. 6). I didn't feel that I'd missed a lot of background, but when I'm in the mood for a light listen, I will probably go back and start the series from the beginning. All in all, a lighthearted, pleasant listening experience.
If this were fiction, I'd have to say it was a little implausible. Being a true story, It's amazing. I think it's amazing that the incident occurred in the first place, and secondly that they were able to resolve it so many years later as they did.
It was interesting to see two opposing sides but not necessarily two opposing conclusions.
I think the story of these men shows there are good, noble people all over the world and that there are more than two sides to every story.
A worthwhile listen.
Wonderful story, wonderful characters, wonderful narrator. All interwove to create a memorable and fulfilling listening experience.
With an audio book in particular, it is sometimes difficult for me to keep track of person, time, and place. I think both the narrator and author skillfully eliminated any such confusion for me.
Oddly enough, as much as I enjoyed the book and loved the characters, this is not one of those books I hated to have end. I felt there were no loose ends, so to speak. Each character’s story and the overall story came satisfyingly full circle.
I liked this audio book a lot, although I can't say exactly why. It's not action-packed, not compellingly dramatic, not hilariously funny. The characters are not flamboyantly magnetic. All the same, I was drawn to the main character, Jean, and and her story and wanted to keep listening.
The narrator is delightful. He brings the voices of each character to life and sets just the right tone for the story.
I thought the story was very well done. It had me trying to figure it out from the beginning. I like that all the details are laid out; we just need to put them together.
I like that the characters are smart. No "oh-don't-be-stupid” scenarios. Professor Joe is particularly likeable. Very glad to realize this book is one of a series.
I thought the narrator portrayed the gender, age, and emotions of the characters very well. He also captured “creepy” in the narration very effectively. Maybe a little too effectively for me.
I think that the creepiness factor may be the reason for my less-than-four-star overall rating. I liked the story, the characters, the narration. Yet overall rating, I would have to go with a 3.8.
I thoroughly enjoyed the entire Riyria series. I usually like everything to be chronologically in order, but I'm glad I read the books in the order that I did - Revelations first, then Chronicles.
As I was listening to The Rose and the Thorn, I enjoyed feeling like I was receiving insider info and making connections with what comes later. I liked learning more about Royce and Hadrian, the connections they made, and how Riyria came to be. I also liked the glimpse of Hadrian's future that was revealed through Gwen's eyes.
Having now listened to the entire series, I think the narrator has done a remarkably good job. Royce and Hadrian's voices have remained consistent throughout. He imbues each voice with just the right touch of whatever is intended - sarcasm, humor, etc.
I would highly recommend this series to anyone. Oh, I guess I should mention there is sometimes a bit of gore. But I definitely would not let that deter me from sharing in the adventures of these wonderful characters.
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