Excellent audiobook with a fine vocal performance from Phil Gigante. In this continuing series of Gabriel Allon, we finally get to see his dark side, and dark it is indeed. The story crosses the usual assortment of countries and brings back all the previous characters in the series.
I am a great fan of WoT, having picked up the first edition when it originally came out 20 years ago. Whereas "The Gathering Storm" was a terrific book, this, the second last, was poorly edited, mish-mash of what felt like short stories at times. Kramer and Reading do their usual great job as they have done throughout the series, but what they have to work with this time is poorly paced, time frames that a mess to figure out, one character in two places at the same time (although that may be juggling different time periods, who knows. Absolutely everyone makes an appearance this time and that is part of the problem. After 12 books (plus the prequel) now they make a mad dash to resolves long standing issues and get people in place for the final volume. Unfortunately, it simply does not work well overall. There are some good pieces scattered amongst the clutter, but again, if you read as a short story collection, they are highly enjoyable. Some of what fans have been waiting for literally for years, Moraine's fate, it simply done in a short chapter and a half with a somewhat cheesy post-rescue attempt display. Ewegene, a character I disliked in books 1 through 10, but warmed up to in 11 and really liked in 12, well, lets just say I hope she does not survive the last battle, the power tripping Aes Sedai. Elayne is another who joins her in that ranks. Not sure if it is Sanderson's style or what, but this novel just did not work for me. Too bad, but I do worry about the final one yet to come.
A marvelous listen. Riordan's new series after completing the Percy Jackson one last year is a terrific adventure tale. This time, it is the Egyptian gods that are on the loose and at the heart of the story, a brother and sister. Fast paced than the Jackson series in some regards, this one excels from two excellent voice actors, each playing one of the main characters. Although targeted for early teens, it is still an adventure any lover of the genre will enjoy.
The final story in Edding's universe of the Belgariad. This tale is from Polgara's point of view and while there is some repetition, which is natural since "her" version is to correct her father's, it also contains multiple plot lines and stories that have not been mentioned before.
Narration is decent, unlike the Belgarath novel, making the flow of the story more enjoyable.
Highly recommended if you enjoy listening to the story of "Polly"'s life story!
The first of two prequels to Eddings' Belgariad and Mallorean series is packed to the hilt with characters only mentioned in legend during the first two series. This tome fills in the gaps and expands on the rich world that Eddings built.
Unfortunately, this narrator has to be the worse I have ever heard on any any audiobook. He is downright painful and I had to fight to stay with it since this is one of my favorite novels in the fantasy genre.
Since there is no alternative, I still recommend this if you are a fan of the old wolf.
This is perhaps Berry's best effort in the Cotton Malone series. Thrilling from the get go, most of the story takes place in France during the present day with a story tie-in to the age of Napoleon Bonaparte. Cotton is put in the position of having to support one series friend and betraying the other series friend. The brunt of the story is the usual treasure chase, but in this outing, it is the strength of the characters that shines through. Berry's writing in this series entry is top notch.
After a 4 year wait, the Wheel of Time spins once again. Sanderson does an excellent job in continuing Jordans massive saga. This particular book rates highly among the top three or four of the series and finally gives some answers to long standing questions and assumptions. The novel revolves around Ewegene and Rand for the most part, yet all the familiar characters at least put in an appearance. Rands fading into insanity is truely powerful as he goes to nowhere we thought he possibly could go. The battle of the White Tower is front and center in this installment and the Black Ajah are addressed in fine form. One of my favorite characters, Verin, has a brief chapter and it will probably become the most memorable of the entire series.
Brown's latest novel featuring Robert Langdon is a mixed bag of results. It almost appears as if parts of it were written, then the manuscript put aside and taken up a later dates. The strength, if you can call it that, in this novel, are the supporting characters, particularily two women who are the most interesting. The Langdon character unfortunately seems to have taken a stupid pill for this adventure as there are many cases where "I don't see it" "How did I miss that" "Oh, I see now" and so forth as the supporting scientist character is the one to find the majority of the clues and hence, clueing in Langdon.
Paul Michael does a very good vocal job on this novel, it is just unfortunate the story was not more solid to carry such a length.
Twenty years later, Neville finally wrote a sequel to her bestseller "The Eight". While it is not as well written as the first nor as extensive, it is still an enjoyable listen on a rainy day. The story gets a bit lost here and there and one is not really sure just what the game is about, but oddly, that does present a pleasant listen as you try to figure out just where it is trying to go along with some pleasing characters.
The narrator is the same as the one who performed "The Eight" and she does a very good job with what she has to work with.
Do not let the negative reviews sway you away from this entertaining novel. The voice work done by the narrator is above par, giving a multi-layered performance with a large group of characters.
The novel itself is history, thriller, spy and quite a few other genres. If you are planning a long trip or just laying on a beach, this is the perfect novel to laze away hours enjoyably.
The sequel, The Fire, is a somewhat less novel, but should be listened to if not to revisit some old friends.
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