Any other reader. Any. Even my kid.
I will have to buy the paper version because I can't get through this. I have well over 100 audio books and this is the worst performance except one (of many) I read in the public domain (i.e. FREE.) Did the author have input here? I have to guess no.
Words mispronounced. Sounds whiney and singson. Even fighting demons sounds boring. I would never have thought that a reader could break anything this badly. I will never buy another book read by this guy. However much it costs to re-read these two books, Audible should consider it. If this had been my first series, I'd be tempted to be done.
This series has lots to recommend it. I'd say the setting, characters, depth of plot and well thought out world are awesome. I feel betrayed by Audible not G Martin.
How could you change readers midstream, and not get someone else that even knew how to pronounce the word "scimitar" in a fantasy novel? I hope I've given enough positive reviews to match the hate in this one--overall I'm an Audible addict.
The first book in the series was great, the second, way too much drama --and a tear jerker too. This one spends HOURS describing twisted left-leaning political drivel to build a "plausible" (seriously?) storyline--but this portion reads like a very bad history book. If the author wants to include history, then he would be best off to learn it (as he has the other things--police work, combat fighting, etc.-- that he does write well about.)
When the action is happening--Joe and his team make for great action scenes--but most of the time, I had to force my way through the historical perspective of the terrorists behind the scenes. Why not keep it simple--this depth of background doesn't add anything. This is 85% drama and 15% action.
I don't think I'll buy any more of this author. It just isn't enough action to balance out the boredom.
The reader continues to rock--he makes this series interesting when otherwise I might not have given this third book a go.
In short if the last book left you bored, then this one is much worse. The first book was as good as it gets. If you liked the last one, then proceed--it is more like the second than the first.
It was pleasant to listen to, so I might allow my young daughter to listen to it. I did not find it to be an adult level book. Quite unlike the author's other works--so perhaps he is trying for young readers?
The idea and magical nature are intriguing--there could be lots more, if he is looking for today's version of the Hardy Boys, or other juvenile efforts, then this could work.
Not any depth in this at all.
Exciting, funny, clever
Loiosh, Vlad's jhereg familiar, consistently adds the wise crack to a situation that already has the reader grinning. He is quick witted, clever, and provides for a reasonable dialog even when Vlad is alone, or internalizing. I have read the paperbacks until the covers have worn thin, but i still laugh at his quick witted remarks.
I thought he did a great job with Vlad, and all of the main characters. I wasn't thrilled with Loiosh's accent, but after reading it for so long, its unlikely to hear all the voices the way the performer does them. In all, he is very talented, and I'll listen to this over and over.
This book is good--but the series is fantastic. The main character is a short-lived human in a world where hulking "elves" rule over them as less-than-equals. Vlad's way of working the organized crime angle, being a witch, an assassin--and still being the hero in the tale makes this a very unique read. Some books from your teen years don't hold up over time--this one is just as entertaining now as it was then.
I buy long books--short books are annoying to figure it all out just to have it end. There are LOTS of these books in the series...so the story just keeps going, you don't have to keep starting over! Prequels and sequels--I think this one is in the middle somewhere.
I truly enjoy Khristine Hvam--she is a performer that I search on as I do for good authors. She brings this story to life--and does so in her other works. She is definitely top ten. Faith Hunter has a good (excellent maybe?) storyline, character development, and setting--but gets off on these Ann Rice-like tangents where these blood sucking monsters and there servants somehow make adult women think like 15 year old boys. It isn't romantic--or even realistically lustful, its shallow juvenile erotica. And it frustrated me intensely because the story could have been great! I bought and read the next two books, trying to ignore it, but the story isn't good enough to eclipse this stuff.
Yes, I will now dodge any further vampire books. The Ann Rice vampire books had sex in them, but mature sexual thought and the shallow, teen lust her doesn't fit for me.
The American Indian background was awesome, skin walker magic a totally new twist-- and the characters good. I can't figure why this great story has to be all twisted into sex. I'm so disappointed. I wish there was a version for adult men.
I like the development of Jane, her interactions with Beast, and her ongoing conflict between her spirit and that of the "big cat." I liked the way this woman can handle herself in a jam.
Yes, it is a good story, a good author, and a great reader. Could it be a poor support team on this set of books that forced teenage erotica into an otherwise professional and well conceived story? I could not recommend it unless the teen vamp sex thing is good to you.
I'd like to know if Faith Hunter (which sounds like a false name,) has written non-vampire erotica books--because she is very skilled apart from this one annoying, repetitive, and time wasting problem.
Read this book.In the first three books Mr Knight develops an incredible future Earth where old myths gather new and cohesive explanations that make stories about vampires, berserkers, Native American legends, holey artifacts and trees, and other long ago oddities into a believable whole. He chronicles the life of a hero from his teens tbrought the angst of a constant war between humanity and a race of nearly immortal beings that knock man off the top of the food chain. Each book further develops the characters more deeply--exploring the very best--and the shameful--thoughts that make every human such a mixed bag of hero and villain. I've read this series many times--and this book is always my favorite. Non-stop white knuckled action told by Mr Rummel in perhaps his best performance (and he has lots of good performances!) This looks like a pulp fiction style novel from it's description--but it isn't; this is excellent literature with thought provoking but realistic (though fantastic) scenarios. Read it the first time for non-stop action, then come back and find that this author not just a good storyteller, but a clever and skilled author as well. Read this series--and in particular this book--I can't imagine any fantasy / science fiction, action / war, or thriller story fan not enjoying this. It rocks. All the way through.
Humanity at it's worst in war, but at it's best in the selfless individuals laying down their lives for their fellow soldiers, and commitment to freedo--just as our soldiers do every day.
I most enjoyed the end--so would be a spoiler!
There is a minor sub-plot over the past three books, where despite incredibly unfair, selfish and unjust treatmen resulting in an end to Valentine's career dreams --results in an understandable grudge. But when fighting for the good of his men, Valentine sacrifices that grudge, much as he would sacrifice his life for his fellow soldiers. This was very thought provoking to me.
Ms. Raudman nails this main character and story line like none I've read. She must connect with Kate Daniels on a spiritual level. Without the synergy between story and performer, this series wouldn't be nearly so much fun to read!
Non-stop action--but with a thought provoking monologue humorously describing Kate's too-real feminan thoughts about various over-testosterone driven male characters. Somehow this neutralizes some of the far-fetched occurrences in a world where vampires with purple sunblock march merrily along with our sexy swords-woman, a shape changing frost giant, and several were-beasts in downtown Atlanta!
The fight scenes in the gladiator style combats that feature Kate stretching her blood magic.
This chick rocks--clear a path, comin' thru. (well it is a silly prompt!)
I love this series--fun to read, and carries you right along. It is very hard to shut this one off. Try it--even outside your normal genre--you will enjoy this completely different twist on the future and magic!
This genre is a stretch for me--and this story-line in particular! It was all fiction--but tied to enough facts to make it realistic. I had to go and read over 'The Bay of Pigs' and Russian history just to know reality!. It begins with the birth of the CIA, and three key men's moving from lucrative law careers to low-paid but patriotic And meaningful work/careers-- as cold war era spies.
The twists and turns of these fascinating lives are most often driven by implacable, and equally patriotic double agents feeding information To the enemy at key points in the story.
Character development is amazing--each key character feels deep and truly human--I considered looking to find out if this was fiction or biographical. An example is the brilliant but flawed Sorcerer--a WWII survivor, struggling to forget the horrors of his post-war cleanup work, he drinks whiskey like water, and lives in paranoia so deep that discussion isn't permitted without the howling of the phonograph to cover conversation from the many 'bugs' he expects probing his every word--even in his near madness, he is a true genius of espionage--digging at double agents, or drawing conclusions from data like a Cold War Sherlock. And he is one of many such characters.
Reading this book is submersive. The reader plunges into an alternate reality--it is very hard to tell where history ends and fiction begins.
Jack, the Sorcerer's Apprentice, is the character I'd enjoy playing. He. Is patriotic, intelligent--but mostly world-savvy. Any stirrings he leads in is always action packed. His humor and good nature make hime more than a great spy--he lives with his heart on his sleeve.
No matter the huge character number, he performs each of them he is the reason a 40 hour read is possible--he brings them all to life.
No--perhaps as it was outside my norm, I didn't fully connect that deeply.
I wasn't thrilled with the portrayal of our Presidents. It felt like the author was a liberal, and handcuffed to Kennedy's known mishandling of the CIA and Viet Nam, he worked to make Reagan an embecile--apparently out of whole cloth (it is FICTION after all!)
Not a battle story, but a real story of how it was, and how real people struggled against real prejudice. I gained a perspective I could never have found in any history book
The main character leads a mission and an older, self-appointed bodyguard is critically injured. He is Montain-Yar (sp) so is minority and hated by both North and South Vietnamese. The medic won't treat this man because of his race. The American treats the injured man himself. He beats the prejudiced medic senseless. In this place of hate and torment, the Seal uses his strength to protect the weak. He is the way I envision our best servicemen.
He speaks the language well enough to make repeated words clear. In print I would have stumbled over these. He brought the people to life.
The real victims in Nam, and how our men protected them.
I felt strong empathy and patriotic emotion in this novel. I think this part of Nam has been lost in the press. Just because a soldier is strong, does not mean he can't be empathic to those weaker than he.
I think this is a young or new author with little experience, or else the editor was an English teacher. The story was excellent, and though a little clunky, the character development was good too. The world was pretty clearly developed--and it was a pretty interesting place. Unfortunately, the wording and descriptions were a thesaurus of synonyms usually used to impress an English teacher--it just doesn't flow together. I think as this author matures, her work will greatly improve. I haven't yet decided to buy the next work...
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