This is a first class sequel to a first class story (The Curse of Chalion). One could listen to them out of order but would miss a lot, because the author spends a lot of words in the first book creating a unique theology that provides the fantastic aspects of the story.
The plot is a standard "quest", set in a preindustrial world organized along feudal lines, but the characters are likable, and this writer is as good at involving the reader in the story as any writer I've encountered (check out her Miles Vorkosigan adventures). The main character (like the author) is female, and to my (male) mind, she is a believable heroine who succeeds in her quest in a way that would not make you think of Sir Galahad (or Gandalf for that matter.
If you like fantasy, you'll love this
The plot is ridiculous and the prose is pretentious. Could have told the story in one book.The entire second book is a big red herring.
Not a Sword and Sorcery Fantasy
He over dramatizes everything. That would be fine if the book were dramatic, but this just makes the contrived plot less believable.
The entire second book. The first half of the 3rd book.
The first book, engaged me because it was not serious and the characters were fun. Then the author began to take himself seriously and the whole story got out of hand. This would be better to read, because the reader can skip long passages.
Leave out the blushes, and tingles and heart pitter patters
The narator has a pleasant voice and tries not to interpret the story. She doen't do the male characters well. Tough since half of the narrative is a teenaged boys.
Had a clever and good premise.
If you are not a teenaged girl, avoid this book.
Yes. It is fun, and engaging
Whatney is really the only character who matters.
Have not listened to R.C. Bray
Yes. Hard to turn off in the garage.
This was not a memoir, but a series of doubtful comedy sketches.
Narration was fine
I should never have bought it.
Here is another Vampire satire whose reason for existence the the chance to use clever contemporary dialog and say "f***" as many times as possible. Christopher Moore is an expert at creating truly crazy characters that are just plausible enough to keep you interested. He does that in this book, and if you like that a lot then you might like this book.
I like the characters, but the plot is not plausible and the ending is flat (he wrote himself into a corner and couldn't get out).
Dirty Job is very similar but the plot is intriguing even if wildly fantastic. Choose to get that one first and if you don't think it is terrific, then don't waste your credits on this one.
If you liked Wee Free Men, you will like this one too (don't under any circumstances listen to them out of order). Part of the appeal of WFM was the cleverness of the nine year old heroine. In Hat Full, she is not so clever, and the zaniness is replaced with some not so welcome existential philosophy, but the dialect is wonderful and the story actually moves right along. Robb Anybody and the rest of the MacFeagles continue to delight. It goes with out saying that hearing the book is undoubtedly better than reading it, because of the language, and the wonderful narration. (In fact I read a diskworld book and didn't like it nearly as much as the 2 or 3 that I have heard.)
See Roundrock above for a good description of the action. I thought it pretty silly (don't quit before the 4th chapter), but when the shenanigans began to make sense(?), I had to find out where it was going on, and at the end, I was sorry there were no more CDs.
I cannot recommend this title to anyone. Although 17 hours long, it is really just the start of a story, without plot resolution. The hours are spent telling about the lives of several characters who may or may not be relevant to the plot. This would be OK, if the characters were interesting, but they are all banal stereotypes. I wondered if the author knows any real people at all (he certainly does not know any generals or managers of large organizations). The dialogue is so B-Movie as to be laughable (the commanding officer of the entire "Earth Defense Force" retires to his ship quarters, telling the ships staff that he "will be in his quarters studying military strategy"). I suppose every author of this type of tale has to ignore Einstein, but this story has some of the most preposterous misrepresentations of space time that I have ever seen.
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