This book does a great job of giving me interesting and engaging characters in the Forgotten Realms without having to give me a massive world-shattering event. What are the sorts of stories happening to the little guy...that's what Downshadow is about. A man out for justice to save a city that doesn't know it needs saving.
I think I liked Erezra the most. She has an interesting story and is probably the most believable character in the way she talks, acts, and thinks. She's not given enough credit I feel like there's more to her that I want to learn, more than anyone else.
Wrath, the villainous dwarf, was performed as this interesting combination of Bane from the Dark Knight movies and Robert Carlyle from Once Upon a Time and Stargate: Universe.
I'm not sure about one sitting...but I did finish it in about 4 days, that's about as close to one sitting as I get.
As a D&D and Forgotten Realms fan there are some issues with pronunciation in the performance and some areas where it seemed that the way it was read missed out on the punchline or the subtleties of the story, but for the most part I was very pleased with this book in story and in performance. Keep up the great work.
This is basically a written, then read, form of Carlin's classic stand up routines.
Pretty much any John Green novel. They follow a formula, albeit an enjoyable one. Coming of age teens, going on a wacky adventure, often in the name of love, learn their lesson and return home/move on to starting their adulthood.
It is a great cross section of my favorite setting and furthers the story of the Sundering in very meaningful ways.
There were some opportunities for better character development, but all in all a decent story. Probably even better on my second listen.
I found that the author was upfront about his biases and the fact that his experience was not typical, but in fact his teaching was much easier than most. This level of honesty gave the story an air of truth that I appreciated.
An honest depiction of one persons experience teaching one hard class without trying to argue that this experience was typical of anything.
The first book of this series was fine, but made me wonder if Lawhead had lost some of his magic...but in this book he got it back in spades. The reader is a perfect voice for Will Scarlet, who narrates the story, and telling the tale from Scarlet's perspective is engaging and interesting. I almost gave up on the series after book 1...but this book totally makes it all worthwhile, can't wait to check out the finale.
A quick, easy read that is touching, although predictable. While written from one perspective everyone at school comes off as complete jerks. There isn't one compassionate teacher and all the students make the wrong choices when things really matter...all of them...stretches my suspension of disbelief a bit thin.
A tale of gods, pirates, druids, Red Wizards, and finally some ideas about what's actually happening during the Sundering.
Teenage adventure and revelation.
John Green captures teenaged ness in spirit though stories of things that are generally fantastic, unrealistic, and yet somehow totally believable.
I can forgive the slight mispronunciation of some of the fantasy names, and commend how well the reader does with almost all of them. But a few normal English words drove me crazy. Bade does not sound the same as bad. And there are two ways to say live...the wrong one was used at least once. The reader was otherwise fantastic, brought the story alive, and the story holds up with old school Salvatore books while embracing the recent past, sometimes in unexpected ways...sometimes exactly how you expect.
This is the story that launched a franchise of telling the same/similar story over and over again.
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