I started listening to Royal Assassin as soon as I had finished the first book of the Farseer Trilogy, eager to see how the characters and story would play out.
It took a while to slog through it. The second installment is long, and sometimes moves at a crawling pace... enough that I tend to tune out during the listen. Perhaps the unapologetic bleakness of the characters has something to do with that?
It is an intricately woven tale of honor, loyalty, betrayal and love, but the oppressively depressing quality of the lives of her characters leaves me wondering if the third book in this series by Ms. Hobb will be even more masochistic.
Admittedly, life is not fair in the land of the Six Duchies. I'm impressed with the style, depth, and quality of writing on display. Still, although I have purchased the third book of the trilogy, I don't plan on listening to it anytime soon.
I am a little confused at who the author actually is… Audible credits Ian Douglas, yet I distinctly remember reading a book of the exact title and concept, penned by William H. Keith Jr. some years ago. Am I wrong?
I did listen to the first installment of the series, and found it a rather enjoyable listen: a mix of military sci-fi and politics that struck the right balance. The second book, however… I actually did not finish the book. The libertarian dogma made it all but unpalatable.
I am not familiar with the Sacred Band series. In fact, knowing that there were earlier tales would have saved me a lot of frustration trying to figure out who all the characters were! I presumed it was a stand-alone novel, so I gave it a shot.
I've made better decisions.
I slogged through the first few chapters of a torturously boring narration and gave up. I believe I've seen paint dry faster than the pace Mr. Morris reads at! It was also mono-emotional; the level of intensity given for a battle scene was the same as for sounding out a character's introspective thoughts.
I can't properly rate the overall story and three stars may be a disservice to the authors. Still, it seems an interesting idea. I'll try reading the series rather than listening to it… from the beginning book, of course!
I enjoy listening to Mr. Scalzi's previous works, but I have to admit that after the first hour or so of this particular piece, I was singularly uninterested in finishing the audiobook. Artistic license and a ho-hum performance detract from what is actually a pretty good story. Maybe it's just me, but I wasn't really feeling it.
I am not entirely sure what this volume was meant to represent. The moronic story of Kate is aggravating to listen to. She may have been a favorite within the first two novels, but it is decreasingly enjoyable when the author continually puts Kate's own self-interest over everything. By doing so, Mr. Cooper jeopardizes the attempt to continue a thread of a story line or plot with the other characters.
This is a continuation of a series that I rank in the upper 25 percent of favorites so far. I've listened to a fair number of stories and a equal number of series, and this one does not leave me feeling flat. After seven installments, I like where the storyline is going... even if I cannot accurately predict how it will play out for the individual characters. Perhaps that is half of the fun? Honestly, it is a good 'series' listen, but one cannot enjoy the tale unless the story is heard from the beginning. This is not a stand-alone episode, even for one familiar with the characters. I found myself, in the first hour of the listen, trying to remember who/what/where/when/why. A bit distracting, but easily overcome as memory returned and the delight of the story unfolded.
The narration is gold-standard good; Mr. Dufris is an exceptionally gifted actor and his performance is never stale or disingenuous.
I can't wait to hear how Dennis Silva will save the universe!
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