Bettendorf, IA, United States | Member Since 2011
Yes, I would, and will someday. As someone who reads/listens to 4-5 books a week, I've become a bit jaded to formulaic plots and figuring out the end game well before the end. I've been coming across a lot of great reads lately, though, and this is one of them!
Gabriel Kennedy, obviously, but all of his personal friends, too.
I read a review where someone knocks the narrator, but for the life of me, I don't understand why! I thought Mr. Kafer did an excellent job. His vocal talent and reading of various characters never took me out of the story (uber important), and he did a very nice job with consistency. I thought he was superb.
It was simply a good ghost story...a good story period! Well plotted, spooky, enough humor to keep the book from becoming utterly gloomy...a very nice find, and I love to come across an author I've never encountered and be so happy with a spent credit.
The only critical thing I would have to say- and it's a minor point, certainly nothing to take away from a great story- is that based on the time this is taking place( meaning the 21st century, I'm guessing 2010 or 2011), I was surprised not to hear much about the internet being a factor in making this a huge phenomenon. There was very little talk of web stuff at all. Mr. Golemon, I mean absolutely no disrespect and you did a wonderful job. But it did sort of stand out for me. But that is a very minor point. This, like the book "14" by Peter Clines, was just a fantastic find I would highly recommend.
This compilation is chock full of excellent stories. Fantastic narrators, as well. Bought it because it had a Paolo Bacigalupi story, which was as good as expected. But so far, halfway through the book, the story I know will stick with me long after I've moved on to another read is Jimmy's Roadside Cafe by Ramsey Shehedey. I wish I knew the narrator's name because he added a rich layer of depth to this moving, different view from any post apocolyptic story I've come across so far. Overall a great compilation- only one "meh" story so far.
So glad to have come across this book;!ill definitely be seeking out more books by Matthew Guinness. And the narration was excellent. A
Detective procedural meets top tier science fiction meets political thriller doesn't give nearly enough credit to John Scalzi for the in depth creation of a vast societal shift that seems so plausible. This was one of the
Most satisfying credits I've used. Narration was excellent! Oh- and the "bonus" story was fascinating on its own, & a wonderful way to complete the story experience. Loved it.
I allowed the cover & a few positive reviews to lure me into buying this book. I don't often write negative reviews but this is not a credit happily spent, for me anyway. Stilted language, very one dimensional characters, & names either too alien or ridiculous (Father Omine stands out) just made this feel like wasted time. I stuck it out. The story had just enough juice to make me think it might get better or have a decent payoff, but for me, it was a slog. And the narration was a bit to overdramatic, too. Any story that doesn't use contractions can get caught up in that overly soap operish feel if the narrator isn't careful and/or skilled...but mostly, it was just the writing.
Peter V Brett continues to hold my attention with a truly great story - and piss me off with a cliffhanger- one thing I hate is being left with a cliffhanger.
Still, I'll continue this journey as the characters are so fully formed & unlike many if not most series, there are worthy and honorable characters on both sides, though I prefer the Greenland Hollowers above all others, & I've chosen my "side"....the point is, Brett weaves a tale where the dilemmas are not always black & white, lending real humanity to the telling.
Fight scenes & magic can sometimes get wearisome in the genre, but Brett stops short of using it so much that I lose interest.
And Pete Bradbury is astounding. He came make any character come to full being...whether an imperious royal, an sturdy yet less well-spoken Greenlander, or the the Warded Man or Jadir, he comes through with a true voice, and that goes as well for the many strong female characters - Leesha Paper, Inerva, Renna Bales and so many others- throughout the series who could have been destroyed in lesser hands (or vocal chords, as it were).
Hopefully Bradbury will continue as the story progresses...many other series have been killed or maimed by changing narrators or even, as in the Game of Thrones series, just not reviewing previous voices & continuing with them.
Anyway/ if you like epic fantasy, magic, war sagas, or just great character development, I recommend the series. But start at the beginning, or you'll lose much in the telling.
This is a book I had relegated to the wish list for that "someday" I'd want to take a chance on it...I'm so glad the day came & now anxiously look forward to another book by Helene Wecker. As for Mr Guidall, he is undoubtably among the best in the business. I always feel like a book is in masterful care when he narrates. Highly recommend The Golem & the Jinni!
Adrian McKinty's first novel worked its way into my bloodstream and though I'm only a third of the way into his latest effort, it's already a five star experience. I've yet to travel to the land of my forebears but having read McKinty's bibliography, at least I'll have a small handle on the slang if I ever encounter paramilitants, the peelers, or anyone from Coronation Road.
The McKinty novels I've encountered to date are crime fiction, to be sure, but they are also historically close to the bone pieces of beautifully written character studies with sometimes crass, sometimes poetic prose that can stop you in your tracks with wonder.
And Gerard Doyle does a beautiful job. I'm glad the publishers didn't screw around with the engineering on this series...it's always disappointing to fall in love with the characters in a series only to have every voice dramatically change.
Highly recommend the author and narrator. Well worth the credit or cash- just plan on reading everything he's written one you buy his first.
I enjoy a wide range of books, & just came off of a 5 book epic fantasy series when choosing Norwegian By Night as a change of pace. But this is a change of pace from anything I've listened to in some time. Unique, character driven, almost poetic prose at times, and suspenseful...this was a superb audiobook (& the narrator was well chosen- he did a fantastic job).
I bought the first book of this trilogy on sale; and was swept away into many consecutive nights of little sleep as I devoured them all. Fantastic storytelling, characters (& character development), and perfect narration. I'm hooked!
Love this series, as well as the Don Winslow stand alone novels. He's become a top tier, "go-to" novelist for me & I can't recommend his work enough. My only criticism is that soon I'll have plowed through his entire bibliography...
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