Well, I guess it had to happen. After one year of listening to audible titles, I finally found one that I couldn't stand. The characters and dialogue were basic beyond belief. The action could have been plotted better by a pre-schooler. Being a ready who enjoys fantasy and crime, I didn't mind the mix of spells and possession, but what really got to me was how the action / dialogue seemed jumpy, wooden and just totally unbelievable. No one talks like that!
Narrator was okay, although he really said the Japanese names fast. It took me about an hour to learn who was who. Imagine the chef on Iron Chef - Masahiro Morimo - well, the narrator would have pronouced that out in about a 1/2 second. Nice male voices, although his women's voices were just annoying and made me cringe.
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Possibly, but the reviews would have to be rave worthy
Picture a book as a balloon. It gets blown up as the story progresses. Some are those long, narrow balloons that take a lot of lung power to get going. Some are normal balloons that fill with air, get tied off and stuck on a poster. Some get filled with helium and float you away. This could have been the later, but instead it was a great big balloon that someone let go of at the last moment and it just blew all over the room making an obnoxious sound.
Characters were personable. Felt like you could have a cup of tea (or water!) with them. Plot seemed to be leading up to something big, and then blah. Can't even say the balloon was popped, because that would at least imply a surprise or shock. This was just a let down. My only hope is that Ms Walton tries again, she'll remember to use helium and let the sucker float us away.
Narration was lovely. Could listen to Katherine Kellgren's voice anytime!
No problems with the narrator, but the story....
Dialogue was unrealistic - cringe-creating at it's best; throw the ipod across the room at it's worst. Characters were boring! There were several times I wanted to just listen to the news and give up on the book, but I struggled through. The ending - not worth it.
This is NOT indicative of SEP's other books. This one was a 3 on a scale of 10; the others were all 8+.
For all you Miles fans - he's not in here. But get it anyway! It was a great story, great narration by Grover Gardner, and Elli Quinn in a pretty good character. I enjoyed it and hope she does some more (after doing another book in the Miles series).
Enjoyed the premise of the story, enjoyed the narration, but didn't like the tame / lame nature of the sexual tension between the characters. About as much tension as in a dry-rotted rubberband. There are better series out there that offer the whole she-bang and I think I'll stick with those from now on...
I wasn't expecting a face-paced novel, but I didn't really want a long, drawn out boring tale either. And the later is what I got. Didn't care to finish it, but didn't want to waste my credit either. Finished it, ended as expected, no great reveal at the end - boring!
Narration was good, but music at the beginning of each chapter was overdoing it.
Books like this make it easy to enjoy science-fiction. Great characters, great plot, great storytelling. I'm not sure how he did it, but describing the tactics and 'game' of the battle school, Card made it come to life in my head.
Narration was excellent!
Author interview at the end is pretty good. Will have to read the Foundation series by Asimov next, based on Card's review of it. I like it when the author seems like a down-to-earth kind of guy.
I enjoyed the first couple in the Sookie series, but these later ones are dragging. This most recent book jumped all over the place, left sub-plots dangling in the wind, and at the end of the book, covered, oh, about a week in Sookie's life, if that. And her nephew, that the previous book introduces at the end - well, there's a small mention of him, but he's as good as glossed over. Can we just stick with vamps and shifters, please? This faery war stuff reminds me of the Laurell K Hamilton books, but at least with her books, you get more sex.
This will be the last Sookie book I will have listened to...
I love chick fantasy, but this book was a waste of time. Author got lost in the descriptions of just about everything. With one had on the keyboard, and one hand in the thesaurus, the author spend literally pages describing dream sequences that didn't make sense. Ever had a friend tell you about her "weird dream last night" and then go and on and nothing made any sense to you (let alone to her) - this was it!! Want to know 15 other words for "purple," then read this book.
Narator was a little annoying with her "bloke" voice, but otherwise good naration.
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