I love Feist! I'm so disappointed with this narrator. There is much to be desired, but mostly - it would be nice if there were at least a pause when switching from one scene to another. We can be in the middle of demons one second and on hanging out with pug the next and there is no pause, no change of pace, no change of tone, nothing. It all sounds like one huge run on sentence because of the way it is read. I'm listening to book one of the chaos war series now - same problem there. good book, narrator is very very disappointing!
I don't want to give anything away but plan to laugh, cry, worry and in the end be satisfied with the conclusion of one generation's stories and the beginning of another. Tug and Will offer laugh out loud moments. Flanagan's wit is quick and sharp so pay attention. Keating delivers a great performance, as always.
One of my favorite lines goes something like this...Maddie said something, Will snorted, Tug broke wind... Flanagan's prose sometimes just sneaks up on you like that and you find yourself laughing out loud in the grocery store when reaching for a gallon of milk.
There are moments of angst and concern for the characters. There are moments of revenge, moments of heroism and moments of growth. I loved watching Maddie grow from a spoiled princess into a young responsible woman and the first female Ranger Apprentice.
I've enjoyed McDevitt's work in the past. This book, however, just frustrated me. It was disjointed, and the world building was not well thought out. For instance, do you imagine that almost 200 years from now we would still be using the phrase "global warming'? The author agrees that it is of great concern but in 200 years the consequences of such would have a huge impact. Yet in this story it is only mentioned in passing...again, it's an idea/concept that isn't well thought out. Also, in 200 years, Hollywood is still the movie-making center of the world...
If you took the world as we know it now and added FTL flight, a space station as hub for people traveling to and from earth, and people concerned with terraforming you would have this novel. Colloquialisms, political issues, society - nothing seems to have changed in almost 200 years. The space station is a glorified airport being threatened by terrorists.
Early in the book there is about 15 minutes dedicated to an encounter with another species...and then nothing. Perhaps it's setting up for the next book but I found it a red herring, lacking in excitement, no problems with communication at all.
It took me several days to get through this book - I simply wasn't interested in listening to it. This from a person who often listens to books 8-10 hours a day while driving, cleaning, etc.
Yep, half way through the book and we're still focused on the gang rape of a teen virgin. Look, I'm a huge fan of KKR but seriously this is going too far. Now the protagonist is in a situation where she is forced to face the man who staked her spread eagle in her village and 'gave' her to his 'men' (soldiers)...all because her lesbian lover was both greedy and oblivious to her pain.
Nope, not going to finish it.
Btw, this is the second time I called out a book for gratuitous rape scenes and have had my review disappear into an internet black hole...come on Audible, I'm getting suspicious here...
I bought the first two of this series in a 'buy 2 get 1 free' sale. I listened to both of them but it was a bit tedious. The problem is that the story is about 2 juveniles (13yo) written in a juvenile manner. The basic premise is great but there is no character development, no real world building and really little more than a conglomeration of interesting encounters set in a very broad framework of 'bad guy rules the world'. I've been really sick with the flu and these books required little attention and even if you fell asleep for an hour while listening, you wouldn't miss anything in terms of action. Duels are started and completed within about six sentences, You may find the central character doomed to a life of imprisonment and torture and within a few paragraphs the 13 year old boy is rescued easily by a friend.
I would say this is perfect for the young teen to read but I remember that Harry Potter was perfect and still challenged and held the imagination of those who read the series.
I was disappointed.
When the narrator decided to use a 'surfer dude' accent for the rebel faction, I just really lost interest. I tried to listen all the way through. I tried repeatedly, but just kept falling asleep or finding myself having listened to 30+ minutes and realizing that I hadn't paid attention because I was distracted. The premise is interesting but it's probably a better read than it is a listen.
I believe that some stories are meant to be heard and others to be read. Sometimes you get a great book (and narrator) that succeeds at both. This really feels like something that you need to read. Perhaps I'll come across an inexpensive written copy and try to get through it again.
If you like hanging out listening to your friends tell you, in detail, about that D & D game they were in ' that one time'...then you'll like this book.
Not even close to the world of Dragonlance!
This a story about a group of gamers who are transported into the world they've been playing in for some time. They keep the knowledge of their home world yet gain the knowledge, bodies and skills of their character.
I do hate that it seemed much easier to approach and talk to a dragon than to decide to rescue the women before they are gang-raped. "I can go berserk and rescue everyone, but I'll wait until they are done with the girls"...and the women don't even object...
I love Trudi Canavan's work. I've really tried to get into this story, honestly. I've put 5 hours into it and still, I don't really know what's going on because my mind wanders from it so easily. The problem I'm having is that there is not a lot of differentiation between characters and scenes in Sarah Douglas' narration. It's not exactly monotone, but it certainly is not as dynamic as I'm used to (spoiled by great narration, I suppose) Her diction is great, she has a pleasant voice and I think she'd do a fantastic job narrating a non-fiction/self-help book or something. It's just that Ms. Canavan's characters are multi-dimensional and deserve a more dynamic interpretation. I'm going to keep at it because I think the story is going to be great, it's just going to take a lot of concentration which means getting it on audible is a waste of money for me. I'll purchase the kindle version for the next two books. (I may have to get it for this one if I continue to have difficulty)
I loved the Thomas Covenant and the Mirror series. This one was written from the first person perspective. I really dislike that type of writing, but it was Donaldson and decided to stick to it, hoping that I would come to like it. Two and a half hours into the story and the main character starts talking about how he raped the woman he took captive. Raped and brutalized her to the point where (paraphrasing) "it took three days before she could start learning how to help him" - I had to quit at that point. I'm going to request my credit back because I simply will not support anyone who thinks that rape is an appropriate part of any non-fiction story. Donaldson did it in the first book of the Covenant series and I found it difficult then. To think that he does it in an even more brutal way and then portrays the woman as 'helping' later puts a spin on rape that is irresponsible at best and criminal at worst.
I enjoy Jeaniene Frost and have read all the Bones/Cat novels. I was excited to see a story about Vlad. Her other novels provided a great deal of action, mystery and some sex. THIS NOVEL, however, is all about sex with a little bit of mystery thrown in and almost no action. It starts off with her being kidnapped and rescued within a few minutes, then we hear all about how the protagonist and Vlad are sexually attracted to each other and end up in bed. That's about all the first half of the book is. Second half, well we're getting down to the mystery part... wait wait - nope, gotta take a shower together...ok, now can we discuss how to rescue person x... nope, now we gotta do the 'bite me, please' erotica.
It is on and on and on like this. More story, less sex please... as I said, if I wanted erotica, I'd buy erotica - I want paranormal fantasy. Oh well, I don't think I'll get the next one unless it's on a 'cheap sale'.
First, the narrator sounds like a very young girl...it is very disconcerting for Marla's voice, let alone for the male voices. It is a shame. It is not so bad that i couldn't get through the story.
There are a number of 'fill-in-the-blank'omancers...you know, technomancer, etc. When we got to pornomancer I was so disappointed - really, it came across as a cheesy way to throw in a big orgy with b&d and s&m scenes filled with things I stopped giggling at in my twenties. Throw in a twisted necrophilia and rape as revenge scene and I was truly disgusted. Disgusted that an otherwise interesting writer stooped to something so cheap and cheesy. Really, you had to go there?
Get past that part and you find a story that will keep you occupied for a few hours.
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