I really love the characters, the humor, and the bro-mance, but the constantly going back and forth to cover all the bad guys gets to be to much after a while, especially in book three and four. by book four i gave up and started fast forwarding through the chapters that deal with how the bad guys think and what they plan. once you have covered their actions and beliefs, there's not much more than endless repetition; gloating about how clever they are and later consternation when the good guys come in and whack them. once you've gone through the process once or twice you basically know what they are going to say and do, and by book three and four its a worn out formula. over all an enjoyable series and i think the narrator did a great job. not a great story, (though it could be if they cut out all those villein chapters), but well worth the listen.
this series is not the worst i've read by a long shot, but its not that good, either.
the characters are flat and the actions very predictable. the writer skims along the surface but never really gives us any depth. there is very little self discovery for the hero; he is told what he is and what he needs to do and how. its too...easy.
the romance angle was abrupt and a bit unbelievable for me.
over all, i think if i was fifteen i would have been satisfied but this isn't supposed to be a young adult series.
lastly, why on earth did the author give the main character a name that puts one in mind of hot, gooey chocolate chip cookies every time someone uses his name?
not as family friendly and clever as the belgariad but not as dark and bleak as game of thrones, this novel started off predictable and strictly adhering to the high fantasy formula. the later books have a bit more inventiveness to them and the goblin was awesome but this first one was very easy to predict and was somewhat boring. still, it was interesting enough that i went ahead with the rest of the series despite my misgivings.
the series is a mostly enjoyable way to waste some time.
sadly, i never developed any deep attachments to any of the characters, including Herold, so i was never able to really immerse myself in the story.
the narrator got off to a rough start but he was great overall.
i think i would have enjoyed this more if i hadn't read the books first.
i had high hopes for the narrator since she got so many good reviews but this one hit one of my biggest pet peeves.
its fief, not feef, and its ferals, not fearels.
(look fief up in the OED for pronunciation).
normally it wouldn't be a big deal but the words come up in just about every other sentence and by the time i was an hour into the story my teeth were clenched, by an hour and a half i started grinding them and had to stop.
now, i have seen narrators self-correct pronunciation in the middle of the story but so far this one hasn't.
it makes me sad because its a series i really enjoyed reading and was looking forward to the audible version. i will probably force myself on until the end out sheer stubborn hope but i doubt i will buy any more out of this series, which is a shame as i want to support the author.
the narrator, other than those mispronunciations seems fine, better than some i've hear. but really, the little things can make or break a narration.
this was not the worst urban fantasy i've read/ listened to, but it had the most annoying main character. for the first time in my life, i actually yelled "what, are you that stupid?!" to an audio book, not once, but several times. aloud and in rooms with other people in them.
i like flawed characters, they make the story more interesting, but her personality, impulsiveness, and inability to think ahead (or for herself at all in some cases) had me shaking my head more than once.
the premise is interesting, the story not bad, but the main character killed this series for me.
i'll stick to anita blake, gin blanco, kitty norville, and harper blaine as urban fantasy heroines (or anti-heroines) and leave cat to those who can stand to be in the same room with her.
not for everyone.
this is a series i really like, though not as much as the belgarad. my problem was the narrator, he keeps mispronouncing words. it went on through the whole book and makes me leary of buying the next one. english major that i was i cringe every time another mispronounced word comes up. it certainly takes away from the story, at least for me. the first three were narrated by a different person and while he seemed a little green (as in newbie) he had the names of places and people right. i wish there was a seperate review for narrators.
i have always loved this series and have read the books numerous times. i was curious though to hear it read. i thought he narrators voice was fine, but he had the annoying habit of sometimes pausing mid-sentance, where no pause should be. it jolted me out of the story several times.
this is my first time hearing anything from this narrator so i don't know if he does that with all the stories, or just this one. i do conceed the possibility that i noticed only because i've read it before, but those pauses were sometimes fairly long and i don't really think it was that. its worth buying for the story itself; it has several of my favorite characters of all times in it, and the story is well worth the price. others seem to have no problem with the narrator but as of now, he's not very high on my list of favorites.
I have noticed a trend here; all of his books are becoming more and more religious. i would argue that this particular book belongs in the christian subcatagory, not the thriller. In this one, he is practically shoving Intelligent Design down his readers throats, though i've noticed the last few books the religious them has taken center stage, and the rest of the story is a poor second best.
i read and listen to books because i want to hear/ see the story, not to get preached at over and over again.
if your a hard core christian and beleive in things like intelligent design then you will probably like it. if you believe in logic more than blind faith than you'll get very tired of it before the end.
i really disliked it, wish i could get my money back.
i have been a fan for over 15 years but there comes a time where you just have to say "thats it," and this is mine. i wont be buying any more of his books.
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