The is one of the best - up in the top 10%
When Papa was testifying, it brought tears to my eyes
The back story about the inception of the book was interesting. Wil brought the right amount of indignation and disrepect for authority...
I listen to books everyday - going through 3-6 a month and rarely write a review. However, this was riveting. I simple could not stop listening. The twists & turns, the pathos... And, as ever, Mr. Cosham is superb.
Just couldn't take it....the first book in the series finally had activity/action in the last third of the book. I just couldn't force myself to pay attention to this one like I did with the first. I was hoping it would be better but no.... All dialogue about the history, politics and context....kind of like an extended "feather dusting" scene (look it up!)
I want my credit back!
Correia adds another level (Magic) to the history we all know and then twists the outcome accordingly. "Actives" with basic powers of differing intensities group together to save and/or destroy the world. A couple great plot twists, a little bit of love interest and a pretty completely developed new world of powers. The pace of the story moves right along. I found that I liked the good guys and enjoyed disliking the bad guys. Not that everyone really was black and white...plenty of mistrust, vain ambition and misguided loyalty...
A very entertaining listen. If you liked his Monster Hunter series, you'll like this series even more for it's freshness and humor.
Looking forward to book two...
Oh, and Bronson Pinchot does a stellar job of dialects, including the regional "pace" of various characters. Very fun to listen.
Yes, it was long...I concur with past reviewers. However, what a treat to get into the world of WWII England. The characters keeping secrets from each other was a bit tedious, unbelievable and felt like a device used to further prolong the plot. Carefully, so as not to publish any spoilers, I really liked how the characters' beliefs about what was going on changed. Liked the world view that everyone has an effect, we are all connected in one way or another...the System is expanding for Good...very New Thought.
I really enjoyed most of it. Kate Kellgren does a great job with the accents, especially personifying the kids....what a crack up!
You get to enter in and vicariously experience the "home front". Well done.
At first it's just silly - the premise is somewhat mind-bending but there is a bit of substance there, too. Wil Wheaton does a skilled job. I do agree with other reviewers that the "he said" "she said" can get distracting.... Sounds like the book wasn't created to be read aloud. Still, it was not such a big deal and didn't detract (much) from the story.
Another heroine filled with angst believing she is responsible for her family and friend's death? Really? It's all her fault? I just didn't buy it. It's a fun idea with the "elementals" and their different levels of ability living in a corrupt city - very dark. But the main character repeats herself regularly - rehashing her own and others' motivation - blah! It gets old and a bit sappy - kind of adolescent. Maybe the characters are supposed to be cartoonish? Good guy - oh, so good and naive. Bad guys - unconscionable and stupid? I will say the narrator used wonderful accents and played with the pace nicely - really set the atmosphere.
Very entertaining! What a great main character - a strong, intelligent woman who has depth of character - a well developed protagonist that I really liked and could cheer for... The storyline moved along at a great pace with action, flashbacks and transformations - educating the reader on the culture/world of these characters. Narrator was flawless - meaning she didn't draw attention to herself rather had excellent distinctive voices for each character....love, love, love!!
Where do I begin? When the author needs to give the reader information, her character just vomits it over everyone...has to spell everything out - sometimes repeatedly - with no subtly at all. Dialogue - half the time makes no sense...non sequiturs abound, awkward descriptors, and our lead character hates so many things.... I can only assume that this series gets better since it has such a following but this book was really not good! Two stars are for her idea, it's the execution that is lacking
Complex plot with layers of treachery, likeable characters, believable villains - the dialogue was witty without being over the top. Filled with action and just enough futuristic gadgetry. Highly entertaining and I'm going to be really challenged to find my next read....love to see this as a movie...
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