I would say quite high among the romance ones - the story is romantic as opposed to sexual, and the fantasy elements work well within the story.
Nick. He was a believable hero.
As usual, the most excellent Mr. Kramer and Ms. Reading made the story a pure joy to listen to. The Gathering Storm held more of the Jordan style, but this book is nearly all Sanderson. As a long time fan, I am not sure I appreciate the slide - Mr. Sanderson has a way of making everything too easy, in a way it never was with Mr. Jordan. All the solutions come too freely. I have read and listened to the book more than ten times, and it is a great book, but Mr. Sanderson treads the line between Light and Dark very finely indeed.
The Gathering Storm held some of the Sanderson style as well, but this reads more like a Sanderson book than a Jordan book. So, I would compare it to the a book of the Mistborn more than anything else.
Michael Kramer and Kate Reading for me ARE the Wheel of Time characters. Even when I read the books, I hear their voices in my head - especially, Mr. Kramer and the way he draws disparate characters like Mat and Lan into life with his wonderful characterization really make the series unforgettable. I have listened to the books numerous times, and sometimes it was just to enjoy the art of these amazingly gifted narrators.
I would not make this book into a film. It would only be a lame effort.
It was difficult to focus on and I felt like I learned very little from the experience. The music was a distraction and a detractor, as opposed to the claim it would make remembering easier. At points it overwhelmed the lesson itself.
First of all, lower the music volume and use more "defined" voices - Finnish is a very clear language, but the susurrus that this production gave made the natural rhythm more difficult to catch for me as a listener and learner.
Since this is not a fiction book, I cannot judge the narrator performance.
The background music.
I have been trying to learn Finnish from a variety of sources, but this has to be one of the weaker examples.
Romantic, understated, interesting
Leatra. She is the best example of a well-rounded character in this story, as the others are more two-dimensional.
She was very easy to listen to, and her voice characterization was successful.
Yes, it was a very easy listen.
Definite commendation for people who want a chaste, romantic story - it is about feelings and connections, rather than sexual gymnastics.
I really expected more from Dawn's story. It may be the weakest link in the whole series after Bengal's Heart, maybe followed closely by Lion's Heat. I think new readers may find it more interesting, but not those who follow the series.
No, but when a good writer throws such a bad bone to readers, it is a real shame.
Ms. Bronte must work on her characterization. She very nearly put me off Jonas and Cabal, and her Dawn and Cassa sound exactly the same.
It was not the characters so much as the unnecessary melodrama. Drama is fine, but melodrama - not so much. I think Ms Leigh ran out of good angles with this series, and if so, she should respect her own work enough to let it go.
I hadn't expected the story to drag so much, as Ms Leigh is in general capable of much better fiction than this. A shame she failed to deliver with the some of the most memorable characters - Dawn, Cabal and Jonas.
I would definitely recommend
For the first time in a long while, I was surprised by a Discworld tale. When you are a fan of a long-term, 40-odd book series, that is a very good thing.
Mr Briggs is simply Discworld characters alive. No disrespect to the talents of Mr. Nigel Planer and Mr. Tony Robinson, but there is a feeling of rightness when it is Stephen Briggs who narrates the Discworld stories.
Sensational, detailed, thought-provoking
I normally prefer audiobooks to print, but for this book, I will have to change that practice. A shame there is this problem, because otherwise, the narrator is exemplary. Regular Audible listeners will agree with me that this is not always the case. BUT although the narrator is great for most of the time, at times he slips into an older man's voice at unexpected and more importantly totally inappropriate points, for no good reason. It sounds like parts of the narrative had a different narrator originally, on top which a second, younger narrator was transposed. I definitely feel thrown off at those points.
30 hours - in a word, not really. You need to take in a lot of details, and while you may do it in, well two sittings, I would think that would be a slap on the face for Mr. King's writing and Mr. Wasson's acting talents. After 9 hours, it just blurs. I had to repeat a lot of sections for that reason.
Mr King outdid himself, that is for sure. What a thrill, indeed. The story certainly keeps you guessing, and the language is 10 stars over 5.
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