I found this to be an excellent story as it tells more than just the story of the featured climb. The author does a great job of describing the history of climbing this mountain, and of the personalities of those who climb the mountains.
The author was also a decent narrator, and it’s always good to hear the words from the source.
Others have criticized the author for being to self-absorbed. I don’t agree. Mountaineering is, by its very nature, a relatively solo pursuit, so I think it natural for the story to reflect this.
I highly recommend this read for those interested in the outdoors, mountaineering, or in the personalities and nature of those who chose to put themselves at risk.
I'm assuming that if you are thinking of reading a Zombie book, then you won't exactly be expecting a literary Picasso, so I'll frame my comments from that starting point.
I found this to be an entertaining read, although the only thing the main character couldn't do was be humble. That was the biggest detraction, although I guess it makes sense to some to have a hero that is larger than life and is infallible. Personally, I like my main characters to have one or two flaws.
Of course, in the end the world is saved, and the biggest plus to the story is the explanation of the genesis of the Zombies. When you think about it, most Zombie stories are alike, and the ones that stand out are those who find unique reasons for the Zombie apocalypse.
The narrator did a pretty good job with average material, and that made the experience more pleasurable.
So, give this story a try, so long as you keep your expectations turned down a notch.
I'm assuming that if you're thinking of reading this book, that you've read the series from the very beginning. As a stand alone book, I think most would find this annoying without the background information on the characters.
As I have followed the series since the beginning, I was already intimate with the strengths and weaknesses of the characters in the series, and I am familiar with the dark style of story telling that is Joe Abercombie. As a result, these issues were not a distraction for me.
Standing on it's own merits, I found the story to be well crafted and very enjoyable. Once I started it, I found it hard to stop listening and couldn't wait to get back to it once I had. This is a hallmark o a very enjoyable work.
As for the narration: I think Michael Page is a first rate narrator in his own right , but he has a very difficult task of trying to continue behind another master. Switching narrators in a series is never a good idea, as listeners are always shaped and then biased to the narrator that introduced them to the series. That is the case here, although once you get over this, the performance is very good.
So, if you have liked the series to date, you will likely find this book as good!
What will Harry Potter do once he graduates from Hogwarts and moves to the states? Well, this novel could be the answer!
I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this book. Solid reviews made my choice a bit easier, but I was still cautious. The start of the novel seemed to confirm this, but I was soon drawn in.
While most books dealing with magic tend to be aimed squarely at the teen crowd, this one should find acceptance with an adult audience. I certainly enjoyed it, and the characters were well developed and likable. The story line was well crafted and it didn't go "over the top" with magic and the like.
Couple the story with an appropriately selected narrator, and you have a work that is a pleasure to listen to. I will definitely be listening to the follow on book to see if the story continues to grow.
I'm assuming that if you're thinking of reading book three, it means you've made it through the epic journey's that are books 1 and 2. If so, how you will find this third book depends on why you were reading the first two. If, like some, you are interested in the stories from the civil war aspect, then the third will disappoint. Ditto if you are looking for a lot more insight into the main characters of the first books. This 3rd book is essentially the story of Charles Main and his life "out west".
If, like me, you love well developed charters in a historical setting, then you will still find this book very enjoyable. Mr. Jakes continues to be unsparing in his portraits of human nature as he tells the story of "how the west was won", and this could cause some to have a negative view of this story, especially those of a righteous bent. As always, though, his work seems well researched and, although obviously fiction, is probably more reflective of reality than much of what passes for official histories.
To summarize, I loved this book and the performance. I will likely listen to it again, which is high praise indeed from me. If, however, you are looking for more of a "Civil War" story, then you may be disappointed.
I accidently bought this book when it was in the "daily special". I inadvertently hit "purchase" and figured at that point to give it a try.
I wish I could give 1/2 stars. 3 stars is too little and 4 stars seems to high a rating, especially if you're an adult reader. The story itself is a 4 star kids book, but will seem too childish for most adults. I found this so, and from an adults perspective, this would be a 2 or 3 star novel.
As for the performance, that was solid. This is my second experience with dual narrators, and it seems to work well. It did so for this book especially, and having both genders represented should make this listen enjoyable for both boys and girls in their "tweens".
I always enjoy having historical charters recast into plausible yet obviously fictitious stories. Add on to that a couple of likable main characters as the centre piece for this book, and you have the start of an enjoyable franchise.
There was nothing earth-shattering in this story, but it does give good solid entertainment value for your money. The performance seemed well suited for the story and characters, and certainly added to the overall enjoyment of the experience.
To sum up, if you like historical fiction, and in particular the Roman period, then give this story a try. You shouldn't be disappointed!
I wasn't sure what this would be like, but the reviews seemed pretty solid. It is a genre I haven't really explored yet, and the potential for disaster seemed high for a book that mixes fantasy, steam punk, and magic.
Well, I'm happy to report I was pleasantly surprised. Of course it's fiction and you have to be able to overlook all the silliness, but the foundation of this novel is excellent character development. Even the bad guys were well cast.
As for the performance; it took a bit, as at first I found the slow cadence and over-performed southern drawl a bit annoying, but it did grow on me a bit and by the end of the first quarter, it seemed to fit the characters. This is the first time I had listened to this narrator, and I'm willing to see what else he has done.
In summary, if you have a well developed imagination and like some fun entertainment, this may be for you.
This was an oddball read for me. While the underlying story was interesting enough, I found the author overly descriptive. I know that in some literary circles, "painting" a vivid picture via prose is considered the highest from of story telling, but as in with most things in life, moderation is the key.
As I've said, however, the underlying story was quite interesting and a little bit twisted when you think about it, but I won't give anything away here. Overall, it was a rather depressing tale, so I won't recommend this for anyone looking for a light uplifting read.
I really wish the rating scale had 1/2 stars. I feel bad about giving this only 3 stars, but I can't justify 4; 3.5 would be just right.
I was expecting a horror story, but this was actually a sci-fi novel. It started out quit well and the first half laid out the suspense in a well crafted way. The second half, however, started to get a bit predictable and moved into the sci-fi genre.
All told, however, it was entertaining. Get it if you're comfortable with a book ending up in a genre you didn't expect.
This was another splurge purchase when it popped up as a Daily Special. I'm glad I bought it. It's been many a decade since I read this book, and I forgot how good a story it is. Of course, it is a child's tale, but it is entertaining nonetheless.
What made this really special, however, was the narration. I loved it! I do think, however, that this narrator will either be loved or hated by the listener, so be forewarned!
If you'd like a trip down memory lane, pick this one up and give it a listen. You`ll be glad you did.
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