Sedaris apparently isn't funny when not writing about himself. Not a single entertaining moment in this book. Do yourself a favor and skip this turkey.
An excellent second installment in the series, living up to the promise of its predecessor. This is one of the best fantasy series I've read in a really long time.
A decent story, but spent a lot of time on medical details that may be interesting if you're in that profession but weren't to me. Well narrated.
Sorry, but I hated it. I forced myself to endure the first 1-1/2 hours of it since it's the next book being discussed at my monthly book club meeting, but finally decided I'd rather have my teeth drilled without novacaine than finish this cliche-ridden, boring, trite book. The only positive quality this book possesses is earnestness, and it heaps that on so excessively that it made me want to gag.
I gave this audiobook 3 stars, though I'd probably have given 4 stars except that the plot was difficult to follow in audio form. The narrators were very good, the pacing at times slow, but I cared about the characters and found the humor, especially Alma's, kept me hanging in there despite losing the plot occasionally.
I disagree with a few earlier reviewers in that I thought the reader was fine, though yes, I miss Roy Dotrice. I feel that the weakness of this book compared to the previous ones in the series lies with the author. He says at the end that he chose to tell all the story for half the characters rather than half the story for all the characters. "All the story" usually turned out to be twice too long. The plot often slows to a snail's pace in favor of character development. Sancerre's story, for example, goes on for the length of a bible and yet almost nothing actually happens. She hangs around the Aerie, Little Finger bamboozles some nobles, and then they leave.
Worth listening to if you've made it this far in the series, but not the rousing tale the others were.
Perhaps good in it's time, I found it to be dated and preachy. Good Sci-fi should weather the passage of time better than this does.
I became so wrapped up in it that while driving home one day, I found myself loudly urging Sayuri, "No! Don't do it!" I can't recall ever giving advice to a fictional character before.
Beautifully written and read, a real treasure.
A very interesting account of a juror's experience. His exasperating ordeal during juror deliberations closely parallels my own experience as a juror on two criminal trials. Getting twelve people to agree on anything is well nigh impossible, yet this is essential to our justice system. This window into how difficult it can be to be a responsible juror is thought provoking and very engaging.
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