This was a story of a man who has had a very privileged life...and then had it taken away from him. I thought that Archer's revelations about how the other half lives was very compelling. You can feel his growing outrage at the system as he learns to navigate this. Although he is talking about life in a British prison, there are obvious parallels. What a unique story- Jeffrey Archer is clearly outraged by his own conviction,and struggling with his situation but here he is confronted with people who have clearly struggled against circumstances Archer has only written about in his stories. You can feel the transition as he becomes more outraged and horrified about those other individuals. What a transformation for a self-described "conservative millionaire".
His narration. Jarvis gives all of the characters a unique voice, and reads the first person narrative very well.
Sort of. I always wanted to know what happened next. But since this is a diary, there are great breaks in the story if you have to turn it off (or in my case, get out of the car). I never really wanted to stop listening, but since I had to, it was nice to have easy places to stop.
I am a big fan of Jeffrey Archer's books, so I was fascinated by his real life story. Be warned, though- if you want to know about the rest of his experiences, you will have to read them- they aren't on audiobook. I HAVE read them, and they are just as good!
I liked this new take on Robin Hood. The character is compelling and more fully developed. I also loved the way that young Alan, from whose point of view we view Robin, must constantly wrestle with his wishful image of Robin Hood and the reality of the man he serves. I thought it added an interesting complexity to the story.
Robin Hood is not a good man in this version. He has goals, and will do anything to accomplish them. Anything. If you are part of his inner circle, then he will die for you. Or kill for you, what ever you need. If you are not part of that circle...well, look out! Very exciting story!
Graham Padden did an excellent job of narrating the characters! I've never listened to him before, but it was great!
That's a tough one! I'd want to take robin Hood, but he would never reveal his inner thoughts and plans to me, so I guess I'd take Alan Dayle instead.
This is a much grittier version of Robin Hood. It is an excellent story, but the fight scenes are not pleasant. Donald does a great job of providing excellent descriptions throughout the tale, which makes the beautiful parts easy to visualize, but it also makes the violence that much more real too. Still, this whole series is a must read/ listen!
visceral, compelling, gritty
I like Uhtread and his straightforward approach to his warrior lifestyle. He is a great warrior and proud of that fact. He's clever, and I loved hearing his adventures.
Bates is a good narrator, with a strong voice and he does a good job of voicing the different characters. He also is pretty decent at voicing the women in the story without making them sound too breathy.
Cannot wait to find out what happens next!!!
Awesomely gruesomely fantastic
Lamb. Can't say why without spoiling it for others, but I can't wait to see/hear more about Lamb!
Pacey is amazing. These stories were designed for him to read. He captures all the characters so well! His interpretation of Cosca is fantastic, but so is Lamb and Shy and Temple and everyone else
This book made me cringe and wince and shudder and crave for more. I laughed, I was sorrowful, I was disgusted and I was hopeful. I was compelled to keep listening. Love this book!
When is there going to be more?
I've only listened to the series, which I love because Page does a great job of reading the nuances of the characters. I can hear the sarcasm, the deadpan jokes, the 'wink' in the commentary. So much fun to listen to!
A little startled by the ending. Watching the members of the Gentleman Bastards square off was a lot of fun, though! It was great seeing Locke meet his match in Sabbatha as they matched wits! I'm not sure that I like Sabbatha all that much, though. After becoming such a fan of Locke Lamora, I wanted to root for a happy ending to this love story. But I didn't really like the character Sabbatha was- I wanted to be sympathetic to her, but instead she left a bad taste in my mouth, and I kept thinking that Locke could do better.
I really like that there will more in the series, but I feel like the ending got a little overcomplicated. I think Scott Lynch is a great writer though, so I am willing to suspend judgement and believe that wherever he's going with this story will be just as exciting as these last books have been!
I think Page does a good job with these characters, he's really been able to nail Locke's jaunty wit and contrast with his melancholy self-pity. He even does a pretty good job with the female voices, lending the feminity without making them sound high-pitched and child-like.
Can't wait for the next book to come out!
I loved the Falco series. That might be the reason that I am disappointed with Ides of April. I find that I was disappointed in the character of Albia, and didn't really like her. She makes snap judgements about people, often disparaging ones, and justifies them based on her 'training' as an informer. I kept thinking " Falco wouldn't have taught her that..." Half the story she is trying to make it in a man's world, and is frustrated about not being treated as an equal (an opinion I think is totally justified in the world of ancient rome), but then she spends the rest of the time gushing about the love interest (who she has only known for a couple of days) like she is a love-struck teenager. Having gotten to know her character in the Falco series, I found I really didn't care for the adult she had become. Hopefully any future books in this series will feature a less petty heroine.
I think that this book might be best enjoyed by someone who hasn't read the Falco series. The mystery is pretty good, and I enjoyed listening to the twists and turns in the plot. I think, though, that it is probably best enjoyed without any prior knowledge of Marcus Didius Falco.
I love listening to Page's interpretation of the characters so i am glad that I listened to the book rather than read it.
YES! I loved the pirates, and I loved that the pirates were women (more than competent ones, too!) Just as in the first one, there are so many twists and turns, and Locke has these super complicated schemes, but in this book, the schemes don't really turn out the way he intended. I really can't wait for the next book to come out!
The words Swashbuckling Entertainment just have to be used to describe this book. Its that good! Can't wait to find out what happens next!
adventurous, mischievous, entertaining.
It has to be Locke. His complex schemes and disguises are so much fun to listen to, and his confidence-bordering on arrogance is endearing rather than annoying. His loyal friend Jean Tannen is also great character, though!
I love it when authors can bring emotion into the dialogue. you know when Locke is in tears, because Page has this catch in his voice that just can't be emulated by just reading it. When the characters are outraged, Michael Page makes you feel it. He does a great job!
There are lots of twists and turns in this book, but it is just so much fun to try to unravel the complicated schemes. Its super entertaining and I would catch myself smiling and laughing aloud at different parts in this. I became emotionally invested in the lives of these characters without even realizing it, always a sign of great writing and narration. I downloaded the sequel to this book before I even finished this one because I didn't want to stop listening to the tales of Locke Lamora
The book was great! At the start and end of the book, Humphreys says that he tried not to judge Vlad, only tell his story and let the listener judge for themselves. I think he does just that. There are parts of this book that made me shiver with horror and the acts committed by Vlad the Impaler, yet this book does not classify him as simply as other popular stories have: simply evil. The book does not shy away from the acts he committed, but neither do they try to excuse it away. But you get the sense that Vlad believed-truly believed- that was he was oing was for the best of his country. The story is complex, and you alternately despise Vlad and sympathize with him. It was hard for me to stop listening!
He was an excellent narrator. He gave the characters emotion, and you could feel the pain, anger, longing, hope, fear, an love in each characters voice. Moody really brought this story to life.
there are some very violent moments in this book. I physically cringed at some of the descriptions of impaling. It still is a great book, but just be prepared!
I really liked the dilemma of bramble. Bramble sprouts as a result of using magic. Even though everyone knows it, individuals still use it, justifying their needs for magic despite the effect it has on their society. This tension between the needs/wants of the individual and that of society as a whole is such a fascinating element to the story.
Both narrators evoke such emotion in their reading, I was mesmerized by the pictures they painted in my head. I felt that Jonathan Davis read a little too slowly for my tastes, but he still did a great job.
Yes, but I don't want to spoil it for everyone else. I was drawn into the characters as they struggle with their moral quandary- what begins as a very clear right/wrong situation becomes much more complicated as the stories develop. I really wanted the story to continue to explore this. I just wasn't ready for these stories to end, they were that good!
Abercrombie does a great job of making you love and loathe the characters. He walks this fine line and it is so compelling that you just can't stop listening!
This is not a pretty novel, and the characters are not noble people. That makes this story even more riveting- you keep waiting for the characters to be redeemed, or at least redeemable. Even now, I want to know what Shivers got up to after the story ended.
you will hate this story, the characters in it, and you will love this story and the characters in it. Abercrombie is genius at building this tension and leave you craving for more!
Narrators can make or break a story. I totally think Steven Pacey does a better job with these particular books (he's grittier, I think), but Page does a good job bringing the characters to life.
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