I gave this book 5 stars even though the plot was somewhat predictable. The audio production is well done (as I have come to expect from Audio Renaissance).
I am an admitted technophile and I was very amused by the alternate technologies in this book. They have mastered nanotechnology but they travel by dirigible! I loved it!
This was a fun listen that I recommended to friends and family.
Well developed main characters. Secondary characters were developed just enough without wasting time and words on unnecessary paragraphs. The story and technology are well thought out and interesting. It's YA but an entertaining diversion from reality.
This was my first experience with narrator Alan Cummings. His performance was very good. It did not grab me right away but I warmed up quickly. His characterizations make each person easily identifiable. He narrates all three in this series and there is excellent continuity on narration (I've listened to series before where the same narrator actually pronounces proper nouns differently from book to book in the same series! Very annoying).
I really didn't know what to expect from this book. It is the first title from Brandon Sanderson that I have listened to. I was not disappointed.
I was really fascinated by the mechanics of the magic in this book. It was intriguing to learn more about Allomancy and Feruchemy. A very unique take on an otherwise well worn genre mechanic.
I recommended these books to All my friends.
I really enjoyed this entire series.
Will it go down in history as one of the greatest series ever written? No. However, the books are well written and the characters are well developed. You really get to know them as the series unfolds. After I listened to the first book, I had to hear the rest of the series.
As with all epic fiction, there are slow points. It is also not for someone looking for a quick listen. At around 100 hours for the entire series, it's quite a commitment. But it is one that is ultimately satisfying.
I recommended this book to friends that like epic SciFi
I liked this book, but just couldn't suspend my belief enough to really get into it. If you enjoy the foibles of royal families then you will probably like this.
I did not recommend this book to friends but did not regret listening to it. FWIW.
I really enjoyed these stories! I also loved how the authors came to common ground on some the "layout" of the world so that they make and connected composition when listened to together. It was fun to see how each author approached the story. These are authors that I will look for in future. I am always impressed with the short story format (when well written). I recommend this title to anyone that enjoys fiction.
I am a fan of Morgan's writing. I enjoyed the Kovac's series a great deal and I liked Thirteen almost as well. However, I have to say that this title let me down.
The book is well written and the characters were well developed. My problem was that I just never made that personal connection with ANY of the characters. Even at three quarters of the way through, I didn't really care if any of the characters lived or died. I kept waiting for some kind of redemption all the way to the end and it never came. I think this would have made a great novella. If I had only spent two or three hours listening to it, I would have been more generous with the rating.
There is strong language, sex and violence as in most/all of Morgan's books. But it fits the characters and backdrop of the story. I can live with that and it doesn't bother me. What I can't live with is a story that just doesn't hold my attention or allow me to develop an emotional connection to any of the characters. I will continue to listen to Morgan's books as they are published but I won't revisit this title nor can I recommend it to others. I do recommend his other titles however.
I was a little confused by the previous comments about narrators. Then I realized that Audible has the abridged versions of the previous books. I usually listen to books from my library and almost exclusively listen to unabridged versions. I have grown to love Scott Brick as a narrator and have heard dozens of books that he has done, but I know what it's like to grow accustomed to a particular narrator and then here the same characters played by another.
This book definitely picks up where Brimstone left off. It has all of the elements that fans of the series enjoy. Action, suspense, drama, etc. I highly recommend this latest addition to the Pendergast stable.
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