Maybe it's me....I cannot get past the frustration of a plot wherein the characters know who the villan is, know how the villan functions, and choose not to do anything about it; but when bad things happen they are taken by surprise.
I listened to Assassin's Apprentice and it was fine, despite the menace threatening not only to end the life of the main character but also destroy the existance of the 6 duchies. The narrative is compelling and description is used very effectively. I was okay to bide my time while the characters presumably gathered the evidence needed to ensure the right villan was identified. But enough is enough!
Maybe it's me....but when someone is out to do murder and the characters have the capabilities to stop it and choose not to, I feel pretty frustrated - frustrated enough to turn it all off, put the book away, and say "The heck with this!"
The unfortunate thing is that the narrator does a wonderful job. The performance is almost enough to carry me to the end but the slow and frustrating plot line keeps interferring. Far from creating dynamic tension, the misunderstandings between characters, the protestations of nobility (which ring stupid as opposed to noble), and the seeming inability to put clues together to come up with treason and murder, create tension alright - the tension that speaks of having spent my credits on a less than engaging couple of books.
Erin Hart's three mystery novels set mostly in Ireland have been compelling and enjoyable experiences. She has woven together murder mystery, a little romance, and a wonderful exposure to many of the nuances of Irish culture and history and mythology into the fabric of a very satisfying novel.
The narrator does an excellent job of providing clear distinctions between the characters and reads with good pacing, great expression, and what sounds to me like an authentic Irish accent for the Irish characters.
I would certainly highly recommend this novel and Hart's other two novels: Lake of Sorrows and Haunted Ground.
I thoroughly enjoyed all of Lois McMaster Bujold's novels....until now. Apart from the terrible narration, the story was forced and stilted. Descriptive language was repetitive to the point of becoming an irritant. The plot line was so convoluted, it became an unrewarding challenge to try to follow.
This book is a waste of a credit or a waste of money....
I hope McMaster Bujold is able to regain her former excellence as her previous works were engaging and entertaining.
I'm sure none of us think that we indulge in self-justification to the point that we lie to ourselves unconsciously. But it seems we do. It's important, if we are striving to be more considerate of others and striving to be more compassionate with ourselves, to live consciously. This book helps us to be more aware of the stories we tell ourselves to justify bad behaviour as well as honest mistakes.
The authors extend their ideas and research to politics and how generally honest people find themselves in huge conflicts of interest; and science, where those conflicts of interest can cost people their lives and health; and nations, where quarrels are endless and bloody and whole masses of people can be manipulated into supporting wrong-headed, destructive and even illegal policies; and personally, where self-justification can destroy relationships.
The knowledge presented in this book is very helpful for those who wish to try and be more aware of the tricks our consciousness plays in the effort to maintain self-esteem at all costs.
I intend to listen to this book over and over again.
This was a fun book to listen to. I enjoy the fantasy genre and while this is not a book of the calibre of George R R Martin or Abercrombie, it was still delightful to listen to.
Under Heaven is a riveting and stunning novel evocative of life during the period of the Chinese Tang dynasty.
Kay weaves a magical tale of political intrigue, personal honour, and cultural structures peopled by characters the reader can really care about.
The novel deftly underlines the ages-long problems and inequities created by a patriarchal system that dishonours women.
An interweaving of the supernatural adds a touch of delight to a story that could almost be standard historical fiction.
Guy Gavriel Kay is an artist with words, painting an epic and gorgeous canvas of an ancient Asian-influenced landscape. His reference to the grasslands of the Steppes and the inclusion of the painted cave evokes mankind’s pre-history and will resonate with readers who have experienced Jean Auel’s Earth’s Children series.
I will have to listen to this novel again and again, not only to enjoy the story but to enjoy the beautiful poetry of Kay’s language.
This book rates very very high on my list of outstanding audiobooks. Not only is the story engaging, but the descriptive writing is luxurious, and the characters grab the heart and don't let go. In addition, the narrator - Simon Vance - is amazing!
It is impossible to pick just one. It is the interplay between the characters that create an ebb and flow to the relationships, and polish or cloud the many facets of each of the characters. One thing I can say for sure...I didn't want to see any of them perish, except Alberico. It was very easy to like the various characters and to become emotionally attached to most of them - something that created great sadness as the conflicts unfolded and moved towards the story's climax.
Vance's clarity is a delight, and his ability to individualize each character is much appreciated. Beyond this, however, his ability to model the language so there is a play of light and shadow to his reading - he does not just read words and sentences, but he imbues the flow of language with nuances and meaning going well beyond the words - this is pure vocal and intellectual artistry.
Absolutely! I would listen to this book again and again. As a superlative piece of writing, The Road is multi-layered, and on each subsequent exposure it reveals nuances not seen in a previous reading (or listening).
The mutual love and caring protection between father and son, played out against the background of a devastated and dying world, is hauntingly sad. The terrible flaw in human kind that brings about complete devastation (probably of the entire planet) and a horrible descent into an inhuman and cannabalistic existance is poignantly juxtaposed against the beautiful spirit of humanity at it finest.
Cormack McCarthy skillfully evokes the nightmare of social collapse while shining a spotlight on what extraordinary heights we could achieve through love. McCarthy is a great writer.
Oh, yes, I would definitely recommend this book. It is an interesting examination of the world of madness, psychiatry, drugs, and the wide range of behaviours that lie within the edges of normal.
He has an ironic sense of humour. He is able to discuss complicated subject matter is an almost flippant, humourous style that makes it very platable.
Contrary to my long-held belief that most polititicians, world rulers, church leaders, and corporate CEOs are psychopaths, I discovered that
If really wish I had not purchased the first two books in the series. All my past experiences with Epic Fantasy have been so good, that after reading the reviews and matching them with other books I had enjoyed, I thought this would be, at worst, an okay read...I was wrong. I will pass on any other Glen Cook stories.
I cannot decide if the narrator's reading was flat and ponderous by choice or if the actual writing doesn't provide much room for another interpretation.
I was deeply disappointed when I finally realized the writing was not going to improve after the first two chapters. The author seems to have no sense of description, other than the obvious. There is no sophistocation to either the description or the narrative. The writing feels rather like a graphic novel. Perhaps this would be an acceptable book for adolescents or younger, but anyone who truly appreciates the complex thematics and writing style of George R R Martin or Joe Abercrombie or even the delightful humour of Lois McMaster Bujold will be disappointed with this book.
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