This series just keeps getting better and better! This is one of the best fantasy series currently being written: it is action-packed, with a compelling storyline, and strong character development. My only complaint is that this book had some much more racy scenes than the previous ones.
As with Rothfuss's other works, this novella is a crafted work of art. The enjoyment of the story lies mostly in the imagery and crafted emotions. If you're expecting advancement/further knowledge of the Kingkiller storyline, you'll be sorely disappointed. This novella isn't about information and plot development: it's about having a glimpse into Auri's world.
Listening to this book was an amazing experience, and I think it was well worth the price of admission. Rothfuss does an excellent job narrating (note: I listened to it at 3X speed, which I do for most books, and at that speed the recording polish at original speed isn't really an issue). It's like a poetry-prose crossover, and if you can't really appreciate poetry, then you probably won't like this book. I don't normally like poetry much, but I can appreciate it on occasion, and this book was beautiful to me. Normally, you only get this kind of unique writing in short stories, which never seem to be quite enough. This one is long enough to be satisfying while not being so long that the uniqueness starts to grate.
I've listened to over 700 audiobooks, and this was one of the funniest and most enjoyable books I've listened to in a long time. I frequently listen to books while I work out, but I had to switch this book out because I was laughing too hard and too often to keep exercising. Macleod Andrews is a perfect voice for the main character and does an excellent job with all the others. He's one of my top 5 narrators, and certainly brings his A game to this book.
Most definitely. Jonathan Davis is a fantastic reader, and he is particularly good at portraying the darker side of life, which this book is full of. For a male reader, I think he is amazingly good at portraying the emotions of the female characters.
It is very similar to Ship Breaker in its post-apocalyptic themes. On the intrigue side of things, I would say that it is similar to Alastair Reynolds books, but with a much less fantastic setting.
Jonathan Davis really brings the characters to life: their pain, their conniving spirits, their confusion, and especially their insanity.
I have come to realize that I don't personally enjoy this type of book as much as others. It isn't a very "fun" story, but this type of book never is. It has some very serious themes, and of course, lots of sexual content and a rape scene. It is a story of very complex motivations and conflicting goals.
Mercedes Lackey, as always, creates a very engrossing story. It is a very different take on the King Arthur story line, and certainly has its own merits just for that. As with most of her books, it has a little bit of romance and is written from the female perspective. It is a story of sibling rivalry, arranged marriage, gender conflicts, and deciding on what role to take instead of the one given by others.
Certain scenes in this book were very moving, and the sibling rivalry portrayed very frustrating at times. It was very good in the beginning and middle, but fell a little flat in the end. Overall, I would rank it somewhere in the range of a 7 out of 10 in comparison with other audiobooks.
Hard Magic is probably an 8 out of 10 in comparison of other audiobooks I have listened to: very entertaining, but doesn't quite make you laugh out loud, and it *is* possible to stop listening when it is 3 am and you have to get up for work in the morning...but only barely. The scenes are very suspensful, and it is, overall, a fun ride. Some of the characters are endearing, and the world itself is intriguing. I will certainly be buying the follow-on books in the series.
I have really enjoyed this series so far. This book is basically a bridge between the main Honor plot line, the Torch plot line, and the Saganami plot line. It is a necessary recap of all of the plots as well as evolves the story forward. It is really a staging book for the next one in the series.
This book is probably a 9 out of 10. There are few books, which have been both as entertaining and had as strong of characters. Often, books are either fun or deep, and this one is a good mix of both.
I enjoyed the fact that Locke is a bit of an anti-hero. This is a very good heist-type book.
Michael Page is always an excellent reader, and he was certainly at the top of his game for this book.
I like the Heinlein isms thrown throughout the book, and I did enjoy listening to this book, however, it doesn't have a very good ending to it...a bit anticlimactic, really.
I enjoyed listening to this book. It had some well-developed characters, and made for an entertaining story. It was however, unremarkable. I would, however, listen to the next book in the series when it comes out.
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