The main character seems to be the author's mid-life crisis... a brilliant, humble, giant sharpshooting blackbelt. Disappointing, as the big ideas underlying the story are good. This seems to be written by an active-duty service member during his off hours, if the loving descriptions of armaments are any indication.
The characters were poorly fleshed out.
Try Hard Magic, much better!
A Lee Martinez writes pleasant stories to listen to... I have happily purchased as many as offered up.
It's why I came to Audible in the first place
I was distraught when Marsters failed to read one in the series. It was a huge disappointment, quickly fixed.
Yes, but no spoilers here. (I did cry.)
After 15 books, I am ready for deeper growth between the characters relationships. The way choices made in the earlier books have influenced events in later books in unexpected ways, and layered meanings and relationships people give to interactions and events over time are explored in this series is such a joy to wade through. For each crisis brings with it the promise of its undoing, and the seeds of the next. All of which would be frightfully pretentious if the characters did not quote movie lines, science fiction quips and homages to the best fantasy writers of our time at every opportunity. (Just to make the dorks in the room squeee with glee).
No, once was enough. I liked it enough to try the second book. But while this one raised interesting ideas about the nature of morality and what comes next, the next book went much darker very fast, and stayed there. I did not finish it.
After reading the first, I was involved enough to go on to the second book.
As a defense attorney myself, I was amused that we were God's emissary's for souls, and prosecutorial duties handled by the dark side.
This is a funny question to answer... until I started listening to books, I had not realized I read in an American accent. It was jarring to understand I had been mishearing Terry Pratchett for all those years. So, for me, hearing the British/Scotish/various other accents of the narrator is helpful, and entertaining.
The surprises. (No spoilers here.)
Yes, it was a problem.
I admit to being a little bit in love with the main character. This is such a well written series, I have listened to each book twice. And I am panting for the next.
This author handles the day to day experience of being a human being in a realistic way, while setting his character in a fictional world. I gained a new understanding of addiction and recovery, and appreciated the way the world kept turning around the characters as they managed their crisis.
Keep going... it just gets better as the books progress.
The Narrator keeps me grounded in the differing accents of the characters... adding a level of complexity I might have missed had I read the book in my own American accent in my head.
YES, it was hard to stop.
Book three was not as great as the first two, leading me to wonder whether Mr Aaronovitch was having difficulty maintaining his commitments. This book brought me back as thoroughly as PC Grant escorting a suspect in for questioning. Do not miss this series.
Oberon. How can you go wrong with a wolfhound as one of your main characters? Especially when he gets invested in a different historical figure in each book?
As much as I enjoy these books for being set in my hometown, and wish to support the local author, the books seem to convey a lesson that women are all evil and dangerous. Every female character we come across (with one exception so far, and I have not yet read Tricked, though I have a really bad feeling) is untrustworthy, manipulative, looking to further her own agenda by illicit means. Too bad.
The main character was realistically cautious, the book opened several interesting lines of inquiry for future books to delve into
Doomsday preppers... people who think that they alone will survive a cataclysmic event
no indeed go zombie apocalypse!
Written by a guy for guys...
Excellent series, comfortable end.
The characters are interesting and clever, and quite definitively British. There is not one that jumps out as a favorite as the cast is wide ranging. John goes out and talks with everyone in town.
After listening to this series, much of the Drood series, Ghost of a chance, and the Deathstalker series, I recommend this as his best work. The others are a little too light, or too dark - this one is just right.
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