No more Deborah Harkness. Ever.
It didn't really matter, it all just became a meandering blur.
At least half of the book.
The first book was not too bad so I had hopes that this one would be paced about the same, slow but ok. This sequel was just tedious. I stuck it out but it took months, on and off. The descriptions and historical detail were impressively researched (thus the two stars not one) but it was all tied up in what is basically an endless affirmation of the infinite love between the main characters. Yawn.
I bought the book because of the gushing reviews. Just goes to show what a disparate group of listeners we are. Lots of style and not all that much substance. Nicely read but I just did not want to wallow in relentless misery and gave up about half way. Listened to the last 10 mins to see where the characters ended up - exactly where I expected - and was glad I didn't spend any more time on the book than I did. Should have returned it really. Very, very disappointed.
Together with The Wise Man's Fear (Book 2) Patrick Rothfuss and Rupert Degas have created a masterpiece of listening. It's long, but not long enough. There promises to be a book 3 (I've checked on Patrick Rothfuss' website) and I only wish I'd discovered these books after all 3 had been "audibled" as the wait for the next installment is tantalisingly difficult. In fact, all subsequent listening has felt disappointing both in depth of story and narration. I'm still checking out further listening of all genres but, although much of it is OK, none of it has come up to scratch.
Patrick Rothfuss and Rupert Degas between them have made all subsequent listening completely unsatisfying by comparison. Seriously, haven't enjoyed anything as much before or after. Both The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's fear came to about 90 hours of listening and it was still not nearly enough. Please, please Mr Rothfuss, complete the trilogy (more would be good as well) and please, Audible, make sure Rupert Degas narrates it.
Slow start, you think Miranda Hart is just waffling on at first but the book has a solid core and a really good point to it.
18 year old Miranda is a joy.
The conversational style. This is one of those books that is best listened to rather than read.
If I told you it would be a spoiler alert, but I'm smiling as I write this.
I couldn't relate to Harry Hole at all. His tormented soul didn't evoke my sympathy and the story didn't ring true . . . there was no need for so many secrets to be kept.
Probably not. He came up with some strange accents and at times mixed up the characters' voices. A disturbing performance.
Some of the Aboriginal stories and descriptions/historical details were interesting as written by a non-Australian.
This is the first of a series and I'm surprised that the character has taken off. I can only assume that the books get better as Jo Nesbo gets going. Nevertheless, I'm not going to waste any more of my points finding out.
Just a wonderful "read" - mystery, sci-fi, likeable characters - I just wanted to get back to it. The ending was a little predictable but it was the ending I was hoping for so I couldn't have been happier. Download and enjoy!
Justine Eyre is a delight to listen to. Thanks to her reading I stuck it out for far longer than I would otherwise have done. It's a pity I couldn't find anything else in the catalogue that she has read that isn't a romance. Wouldn't bother with Nalini Singh. The story line was promising but by about quarter of the way through I was finding the the book more and more distasteful. Pleasure was only linked to fear and pain, killing was excessive and random and the romance was thinly disguised rape or the promise thereof. It is probably trying to be an up to date bodice ripper and obviously it appealed to other listeners but I would have liked human beings to have some value and love to be on an equal power base. Just saying.
No. I love the vampire/ vampire hunter genre. Still listening and enjoying.
For me this book doesn't even really rate the one star I had to give it. It starts promisingly enough despite the slightly overblown characters, the hard-working brilliant potagonist, his super lovely wife, amazingly precocious son and surreal grandmother and that's just for starters. The good are very good and the bad are evil which is par for the course as this is a book about just that . . . good and evil and heaven and the devil. However, very soon the book set into preaching mode and I began to feel marginally insulted at the patronising tone of both the book and the reader. Shortly after that I started losing the will to live and decided that listening to the entire book would damage my health. I listened to the last 10 minutes just to see where it was going (after all I'd gone to the trouble of downloading the whole lot). Oh my, how did this ever get into print let alone onto audio?
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