I love this series, and Stasheff's sister series' as well. The writing, storytelling, etc was the most enjoyable for me.
I suppose there are some similarities to the Dresden Files, for a modern choice. The same premises abide in both, lead character thrust into dangerous situations partly of their own devising.
I was a bit surprised that this was done in a multi person/radio drama sort of style when it wasn't billed that way. Dennis Regan isn't a bad narrator, but it lacked some of the depth that the old cassette recordings had. I think probably crediting the other voice actors would be nice unless Regan really does do a soprano.
Well, I would probably listen to something performed by Steve West. The portrayal that Edward Bolme made of Minra nearly bored the snot out of me. Okay, we get it, the elf is a know it all whore. MOVE ON! I expected something exciting not, vague clue, Minra tries to get into Cimozjen's pants, Cimozjen rebuffs her. Plot moves forward slightly. Minra tries to get into Cimozjen's pants, Cimozjen rebuffs her. Plot moves forward slightly. Minra tries to get into Cimozjen's pants, Cimozjen rebuffs her. Plot moves forward slightly. Minra tries to get into Cimozjen's pants, Cimozjen rebuffs her. WILL SOMEONE JUST NEUTER THE ELF ALREADY?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
He made what I did listen of the performance bearable.
The narrator was the only redeeming quality since I couldn't get into Cimozjen's actual story for all the annoying elf hormones. Or at least I hope there was an actual story over all the:
"Hi, I'm Minra and I'm always right. Oh, Cimozjen you're so handsome, let's sleep together."
"No Minra, I'm a married man."
"Awwww, but I'm the elf protagonist and your plucky side kick, you totally have to screw me, aren't I pretty enough for you?"
"Yes Minra, you are beautiful. Infuriating, but beautiful. That doesn't change the status of my marriage vows."
"But, but, just screw me. Besides, I'm always right, so you have to screw me."
"Go to sleep Minra. I'm not screwing you."
If you want to listen to basically 5 hours of almost getting into a story and lots of female elf pouting because the male protagonist refuses to bed her, go ahead. You'll enjoy it. The actual book is much longer than that, but that's as far as I could stomach listening. Sorry Mr. West, you have an enchanting voice, but there are some things that can't be overcome.
Well, I guess I wasn't too impressed with the story. The narrator, Gildart Jackson, was interesting to listen to. The book sounded like a fun concept, but I guess having read Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None," this just didn't measure up. Lots of killing, not much time to character build, which left the whole kind of flat. I guess I just became jaded after the first couple murders and thought "okay, well, hurry up and die so I can find out who's killing you." As a side note, I have not seen the tv series.
The first one was a so-so experience, but I figured, meh, why not, it's free. I guess the interest I had built up in the first book just didn't last a repeat. If anything this seemed less mystery and more gore-fest than the last and frankly I had started to wonder if Giles wasn't just a guy with a split personality killing these people. I think because of that any empathy and interest I had built with his character from the last book died.
I really feel that this sort of book is really a one off sort of thing. If he had wanted to continue the trend I think he'd have to bring in some supporting characters that weren't doomed to die or act as place holders as the rest of the "staff" were. I guess in this one I really just needed someone to verify that Giles isn't just a crazy guy. Giles became way too....happy(?) to be going through this. In the first book there's a sense of resignation that this is happening and he's being pulled along, in this one....no.
Don't drop Mr. Jackson if you want to make another. He's a very good narrator and the only reason I finished listening.
Awesome, exciting, action-packed (the hyphen makes it count as one).
I won't tell you my favorite scene because I hate spoilers.
As far as extreme reactions to the story go, does trying to duck in sympathy with the characters count? Yeah, ducking is a good idea.
As usual Larry Correia gives you enough information about the characters to get you involved in their story but doesn't bog you down. I'm not familiar with the game world that this story was built off of, but that's not really a requirement in my opinion. If you're leary thinking that you need to know the ins and outs of the game to appreciate the book, don't be.
Well, obviously since this comes from the D & D creative pattern it's fairly similar to some of the Icewind Dale and other Drizzt novels in it's lay out and general themes.
I'm currently listening to another audiobook he's done in this series, I think for the story he's a perfect fit. I wouldn't for example advise he do any of the Discworld books, but this sort of story is great.
Malthooz's death, I kept hoping someone would be able to heal him so that they could go off on a new adventure especially with his potential abilities....but no.
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