Eustis, FL, United States | Member Since 2004
Although a bit predictable and formulaic, it's still an enjoyable 'read'. I might suggest, however, you read Dance of Death before reading this one. It gives you a good base for the characters.
It's ridiculously silly...in a good way! I've laughed or had a smile on my face through out the entire book. I guess I should've expected that from this author/narrator combo, but still. I actually snorted water into my timely-placed hand once.
Her narration allows me to differentiate between character and, though her men's voices are not as fabulous as her (southern-dawl) women, she's really great.
I found this book really entertaining and a quick read. It brought a little supernatural silliness into a couple days :)
Absolutely, already have actually. Why? It's non-stop action with a historical background, intermingled with magic and realistic characters. Besides, Bronson Pinchot is now my favorite narrator.
This man made each character an individual. You felt menace, sadness, anger...everything from each character he voiced.
Who'd-a-thunk that possible from Balki! (..am I dating myself?) The only other narrator with whom I've experienced his was Jim Dale (Harry Potter)
Had it not meant sleepless evenings, yes! Actually, the entire series was one continuous 'read' for me. I just got lucky this book dropped almost immediately after I finished Spellbound. You're better off listening to this continuously. You tend to lose minor things here and there...or so hubby's told me. He restarted book one based on my enthusiasm for the series :)
If you like action, adventure, historical-fantasy, magic, great characters, and re-imagined locations, you really need to read this series. It's unique enough to keep you guessing; (just) predictable enough to make it comfy.Do it!
Sure. I'd recommend it to someone who enjoys supernatural books with a little history thrown in
It's not common that the second in a series of books reads better than the first. Perhaps it was the randomness of the 16th century setting, or maybe her storytelling got better, but I found Shadow of Night much more interesting and far less sappy/girlie than Discovery of Witches. Diana, the protagonist, is a bit more likable here, though still too much of a wimp for my tastes. I enjoyed Matthew and all the unique friends he has in Elizabethan London much better. I wonder, though, if I didn't like the setting and the characters themselves more than I liked the actual story.Either way, it kept me focused and wanting to know what was next, which makes reading much better ;)
Heartfelt, uplifiting, surprising
The completely different angle on story telling: letters between people.
Not sure I've heard any of the narrators before, but they all played their roles very well. The accents were great.
I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book. The title was about as random as they come; and I loved that they actually explain it. It's a fantastic story of love, loss and friendship told in a unique way.
Entertaining, with historical highlights, and beautiful characters, the author—and in turn the narrators—were able to make each person really come alive. This might be one of those books better read to you, than by you.
Surprisingly (for me), among the top 15%.
The only thing that made me get this book were the wonderful reviews. I expected a silly girlie book but got a very well told—entrancing and emotional—story instead. The narrator was good and the story's thread weaves throughout the book effortlessly, coming out in the most interesting moments.
The reveal, obviously.
Honestly, I didn't have one character I liked best. She played them all very well and I was able to differentiate between speakers in conversations.
Don't be put off by the three-book length. It's a book you'll want to continue reading through to the end. I simply HAD to know what was happening next!
By the wrap up, yes. It took me a little while to get through it, though. While it was ultimately fun, it was as formulaic as most of the others. However, there were three story lines/characters, something different this time.
I might've enjoyed this book as much as some of Cussler's others had the reader been better. I found his voice annoying and his attempt at accents, etc simply awful. I can usually get used to these things but, alas, not this time.
Despite some of the reviews I read here, I enjoyed it. The basic story, while somewhat similar to other books I've read, was interesting; as were most of the characters. It's style resembles Stephen King's. The character development fits the category as does the length. It was, at times, predictable, but overall a good read—though quite depressing. It had few stall points, and a couple moments that seemed to have no originating points, but in Mr Cronin's defense, Mr King's works can, too.
Some reviewers have mentioned the jump into the future. This took me by surprise as well, and I did find the first part more engrossing, but he brought it back around eventually.
For the record, I get sucked into the long books for the sheer escapist factor. While I'm reading I'm also gardening, driving, floating in my pool, etc. While I can get into an autobiography or non fiction book, I usually prefer the entertainment factor of unrealistic fiction.
I think these books gain something when someone reads them to me. Definitely not literature, but who doesn't need some fun ;)
I read this on a long drive over Thanksgiving. I mention this because, if the book were read is shorter pieces, it might loose something. The first book takes a long time to set the stage but, considering the 10th century setting, it's necessary.
I liked the protagonist, as well as the way the author wrapped the story up. I also ended up appreciating the narrator, though getting used to her old Cambridge English took a little time.
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