I was first put off by the reader's voice (like a heavy cigarette smoker's) but I got used to it, and actually liked it eventually. Same with the book. I couldn't get into it at first. It seemed like a kid's book, which surprised me, there were some obvious grammar mistakes, and it was too long for the amount of story. Where are the editors nowadays?
Having said that, I am glad I stuck with it since I got totally hooked later on, esp. when the story dealt more with the magicians and their world. A fun adventure! I am downloading the next book right now.
I guess I can't go with so many anachronistic elements in a so-called Victorian story, even a steampunk one. Inviting a gentleman from work to breakfast while she bathed before him, all the so-called upper class men's abuse of their wives in front of others. I almost decided to give it up, but decided to listen while in bed and not feeling well. As I said, it was not poorly written, just stupid in parts. Plot okay, sometimes drags, other times exciting.
I wasn't impressed with this, my first book by Cherie Priest. It was fine and I finished it, but won't read another. I had trouble buying in to a vampire who was supposed to be the best thief ever, but suffered from the cold, had panic attacks, was clumsy at times and made some pretty dumb decisions. I did not find the humor that others wrote about. The narrator did well and had a pleasant voice, which helped. A bit too much ruminating on the part of the heroine, and some odd lines like this metaphor, "slick as whale s**t through an ice flow." Huh?
I love these stories. A fantastic, fun yet riveting with danger at times. But the narrator in this one is not as good as the one for Magyk, He was able to catch the mood and inject fun into the funny parts. This guy reads everything as though it were all the same dour stuff. Disappointed!
When the opening scene had the protagonist battling his own clone, I knew I was going to like this one!
I realize that this is not my kind of book - much action, not much character development, not much dialog. I like action and swift moving stories, but have to have a bit more than sequential acts to captivate my imagination.
Not sure why this has received such high ratings. The characters are one-dimensional and the plot is okay, but nothing special. The main character, though in the 1800s, has the ideas and sensibilities of a modern person, which strikes me as inauthentic. This is the kind of story I would have enjoyed when I was in the 6th grade - Indian lore, black and white morality, a succession of events in which the hero is always always strong, brave and is invariably triumphant against all challenges. Makes it seem sophomoric to me as an adult, though.
The story seems fine, but I can't get past the narrator. She uses the same inflection for every single sentence. That is, she sounds resentful and angry, regardless of context. A reader who varies her expression according to the story might use such a voice to actually sound ominous. I realize the character was angry and scared for the first part of the story (I never got past that part,) but a bit of variation would have made this story bearable for me.
This is a great series. It is like a traditional, hard-boiled film noir plot with a tough, but often down on his luck detective. Except there are complicated magic elements. Fully fleshed, it starts small and develops into a fight to save the planet. The characters, their magical qualities, the foes and the personal stories are all developed beautifully. Lots of excitement, and yes, violence. But it all serves this story of this alternate world, which is one that we can all recognize, at least for the most part.
Because I enjoyed the author's other 2 books, Can You Keep a Secret and especially, The Undomestic Goddess, I took a risk on this one. I also loved Emily Gray's narration of Soulless. However, this protagonist is so dumb I finally had to stop listening before I had finished part 1. Maybe other people who shop for entertainment or escape or a thrill can relate more to this one. Emily Gray's narration did not impress me, either. Not this time.
Unlike others who have a sentimental attachment to the book from having read it in the past, this was the first time I read or listened to The Blue Sword. After reading that it was published in 1982, I got some insight into why I am so unimpressed.
The story is slow and repetitious, yet abrupt in some ways. For example, there isn't much justification for the main character, who was drugged and kidnapped, to feel "safe" almost immediately with her abductors.
But the real problem is the excruciatingly slow pace of the narration. For the first time ever, I had to raise the speed on my player. Even at 2x, it was easy to keep up. Long pauses between sentences, listening to the reader draw breath, the slow enunciation and lack of expression made for an aggravating listen.
I am very disappointed in this audiobook, both from the story and the reader's presentation.
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