Don't know why the Millennium trilogy has become so popular. Twists and turns and winding roads and a bloated storyline, filled with needless to know information. The author seems very interested in sex, irrelevantly so, especially combined with violence against women. We get hammered down by descriptions of Sallander's weirdness (OMG! A Young Smart Woman!), whilst the main character - a 40-something male - is duller than my local grocer. But gets the girl(s), naturally. Only Simon Vance's voice make listening bearable.
Because I fall asleep with my Audible app and I always miss minutes.
The idea that super powers come with a price: absolute power corrupts absolutely.
His voice matched the main character and with the French accent, he sounded quite sexy.
No way I would make a film of this book, it's perpetually dark!
Sanderson can elaborate on settings, clothes and landscapes. I liked he didn't do that so much here. All in all, a very pleasant book and very well read. As a (commercial) writer I enjoyed David's struggle with finding good metaphors to impress a girl. I struggle with finding those too, to impress customers.
I thought I bought (bought!) another beautiful McMaster Bujold fantasy story, but it just went on and on and on about a young girl and and older man and how they shouldn't fall in love but do. Oy, the endless conversations! The evil malices - the beasts Dag and his people fight - seemed a side story. Dag is a stupid name for a man anyway, considering what the Australians mean by it.
Being slightly older than the "old patroller" myself, I can imagine his hesitation about falling for an uneducated farm girl half his age, but dearie me - that magic must indeed be pretty strong if Fawn is the only interesting woman in his entire world. But there you go. It's fantasy, after all.
Of course not, but I am a fan of the genre because of the worlds that exist there and the possibilities they open. Age gap dating I can find in my own world.
Nice, calm reading, very soothing.
Disappointment and frustration. If this were a paper book, I'd never have bought it because I would have leafed through it to see if it was any good. Yes, McMaster Bujold writes beautifully but this just wasn't my story.
Note to self: read the reviews better, especially those with 1 or 2 stars. They usually tell more than the raving comments do.
I never picked up the books, although I don't know why now, as I was absolutely thrilled by the audio version. Roy Dotrice is a gifted narrator, with an amazing range of voices at his disposal. Game of Thrones itself is so... alive and descriptive, that combined with Dotrice's voice, I now have entirely new world in my head with lots of fully fleshed-out characters. And some dead ones, as Martin doesn't hesitate to kill off people that I'd come to like. I love his writing, he has a great vocabulary and I am seriously considering spending $38 dollars on the sequel, rather than wait another month for my second credit.
The continuous emphasis on the main character Stile being short got to me after a while. As did his love for horses - though not so annoying as his relationship to women. The idea of the story is intriguing, an SF and Fantasy world in one book, but as the narration progressed I began to lose interest. I just didn't care much for Stile and I won't download any more book in this series. I did learned a lot about horses though, and their manure.
Steven Pacey has dozens of voices, making the many different characters easy to recognize. I thought his lisping inquisitor was perfectly creepy. I read somewhere in the Audible reviews that nobody is completely good or bad in this book, all have shades of grey and that is what I like about this story. Even the aforementioned inquisitor has sometimes that didn't make me hate him completely.
The Blade Itself is rough and adventurous and blood flows (more so than magic). It's funny too, at times. We see the characters through the eyes of others, making them round and complete and interesting. It took a while for the different story lines to come together, a bit too long for my liking, but all in all? Brilliant. Didn't wait for my credit for part two, but downloaded it immediately after this was finished.
Couldn't bear to listen to this for very long, thanks to the lengthy descriptions of irrelevant details, such as each character's hair style. Also a case of an author showing off his knowledge whilst not relevant for the plot. Perhaps the story got better later on, but this was not for me.
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