Most of my reviews are a bit longer. This one doesn't need to be. The only thing that ever turned me off by this book when I saw it in a library or store was the cover art. So sad that's all that kept me from ever jumping to this series earlier. Good narration, good story line, good originality. And when I got done, the pleasent thought of . . . only 19 more to go! I may jump away from time to time, but I know I will see it thru to the end!
I listened to all the earlier books a second time through when Dance with Dragons FINALLY came out. It had been s long, I needed to remember everything.
It was great to have Roy Dutrice back, although he should have done the same as me, so as to remember some of the voices. He mixed things up in this book with several characters. Dani now sounds like an old hag and the Priestess of Fire the same.
But I was also disappointed in the book itself, Roy Dutrice's mixups aside. It dragged on and on and I had a hard time getting lost in the story like I had in earlier books. First Martin ends the previous book unexpectedly, now he seems to want to put the series to death with A Dance of Dragons. I guess I want to do the same.
I really enjoyed this book. Once I had finished I did a "quick study" on the period of time covered in the book and was pleased to see how I had learned the facts of history from the novel. If the reader is worried that reading this historical novel will make it confusing to understand where history ends and imagination begins, don't be troubled. The facts are not sacrificed. Indeed, they come alive and are given context. And if you finish the book thinking you have somehow gotten inside Cicero's head, it's a good thing, really!
And Simon Jones does an excellent job reading this book. Great combination.
I was looking forward to this series after listening to book one. But the reader changes in this book, book two. It's an unfortunate way of life in audio books - although it doesn't happen after only one book, usually. It was enough to derail me in this series, however. Maybe I'll come back when the contrast will no longer be remembered.
I read a audio review about Ed Viesturs being real stuck up on himself. But I had just listened to Into Thin Air and I was hungry for more information about '96 on Everest and the dead zone above 26,000 ft.
As I listened to the book, I found myself agreeing with this negative assessment - at first. But as I went along I decided this was more due to the person reading, and I decided to give Mr Viesturs the benefit of a doubt! My apologies, Ed.
This book was a good listen. It I Introduced me to an exclusive world above 8000 meters, where only Ed and a few others have been. If I had picked up Herzog's book on Annapurna in the 70's maybe it would have been me . . . . Nah!
I have been a student of the Bible for 35 years and started listening to audo bibles back in the days when just the NT took up 16 or so cassette tapes. But this is a real gem. I think another reviewer hit the nail on the head when they said the different voices and the dramatized backgrounds and music help you REMEMBER the events taking place and fill in many gaps in understanding. Isn't that what it's all about?
Funny, though. When I purchased this and saw in in "My Library" I had to snicker - - - Audible left the Author column blank. C'mon! We all know GOD wrote it, right? (with the help of some men inspired by Him put His words to vellum/parchment)
Anyway, you can't go wrong with this purchase. Period!
It seems like the author has been adding just a bit more sex into each book . . . and then decided to quadruple the recipe for book 3. After book 1 I would have recommended the series to anyone. By the time 2 was over, Probaby. By the end of Book 3 my attitude is - Why? Alas, no matter how much I may yet enjoy books 4 and 5 (assuming he turns off the turn ons) I'm afraid I will no longer be able to recommend the series to anyone. An otherwise excellemt story is being trashed by all the unnecessary smut. Call it advancing the story, being true to the characters and the world in which they lived, to whatever else you want. But I call in disappointing.
My wife was wondering if I would ever get the earphones out of my ears. My dog was wondering why I wanted to take longer walks. A longer ride in the car was preferred to a shorter one. Why? Because I wanted to get back to this book!
It absolutely captivated me. I'm so glad there's another 100 hours to go in this series!
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