Yes. It is a good story, though not as compelling as the first one.
He seemed to read most of the story with less expression than the narrator of the first book. I wish she had been able to read it this time, too. He had sort of a monotone compared to her. Perhaps that is why I did not like this story as much as the first book.
Rescuing the nephew and the other people. It was touching and suspenseful.
Please get the first narrator again for sequels.
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.
At first, I was put off by the narrator's continually mispronouncing Erudite Every time I got into the story, I'd hear Air-ee-oh-dite and get jerked out again . And the simplistic writing - mostly present tense. "I look here," "I do this," "He sees that," etc. was off-putting at first. But I was won over after a while by the characters and the suspenseful plot and found myself wanting to continue to listen. I think the author was influenced by the Hunger Games. A dystopian society that uses its young for dark purposes, and a high level of violence. I wonder where we are going with so much violence for the young people. Or for anyone for that matter - it just keeps getting more intense.
I can't help but think that Neil G. is indulging himself a bit overmuch. I found the first several stories suprising enough (they actually worshipped Satan? They would probably not get away with that now!) and charming enough. But then I got sick of the perky voice of the narrator, and I felt I had sampled quite enough of the character. Perhaps, had it been a serial released periodically, I would have looked forward to the next installment.
This is an okay novel. Some of it is awkward, even lame, but mostly a workmanlike effort. The narrator was hard to take, hamming it up and creating a couple of characters that spoiled my listening experience. I had given it 3 stars but tried to listen again and could't take the over-emoting and had to stop, so now it has 2 stars from me.
This was, indeed, for a younger audience the Soulless books. It seemed more over the top (if one can say such a thing in comparison to a steampunk supernatural comedy of manners) and a bit sillier. I appreciated the backstory of a certain Scotswoman - that was fun. For those who read Jane Austen, Etiquette and Espionage is to Soulless as Pride and Prejudice is to Northanger Abbey. If that helps.
After struggling along I realized I was reading a computer game. First, this barrier, then that barrier to overcome, then out pops the monster to fight, blah, blah. Where is the novel? All populated with a bunch of dislikable characters. I finally got tired of trying to like this audiobook and stopped struggling. I feel pretty ripped off. If I wanted a computer game, I would play one, not try to read one.
The idea for the story. Ms. Willis has an amazing imagination.
I much preferred Blackout and Doomsday Book. And I thoroughly enjoyed To Say Nothing of the Dog. But this endless tome went on and on. After the first couple of parts it was all gloom, with scene after scene in the same pattern. It should have been cut a good 50 - 100 pages.
When doing Maisie (sp?) - annoying. Otherwise, she was fine.
Only if it got rave reviews.
Maybe if I read the book it would have been a better experience since reading is much faster than listening. But I would love a word count on the word "no." It seems the protagonist said it constantly.
Probably not. I had to stop - none of the characters were very good people, and the constant sordid nature of the plot and motives got to me after a while. The author has talent and writes very well. The construct was imaginative. But ...
Liked her accent.
Obviously this appeals to others much mor than to me. I have been disappointed in my recent choices and will stick to known authors or reread some of the ones I have enjoyed in the past for a while.
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