I've enjoyed all three books in this series so far, though I fully endorse previous comments about the author's tendency to belabor points unnecessarily without really exploring them in an engaging way. The main character is quite well drawn. The supporting characters tend to be flat and lifeless.
The premises are interesting, and the hints of a non-human race manipulating the warring parties are intriguing. I hope these are followed thru in the rest of the series.
The reader has a pleasant voice and style. His accents are a bit cringe-worthy especially the Australian one (not even entirely sure he's supposed to be Aussie. If so, no. Just no.)
In summary, probably more a three and a half stars. interesting elements. In need of better editing.
I enjoyed this murder mystery set in Medieval Cambridge and found the two main characters - Matthew and Michael - really enjoyable. The dynamic between them is very fun and adds a layer to the story. However, the plot and clues just kept getting more and more elaborate and improbable. I found the denoument quite unsatisfying and many many threads were lost. It just didn't come together as a satisfying mystery, though the historic element is quite nicely done.
This is a great series - interesting, clever, suspenseful, funny and imaginative. I love the central characters, I love the magic system, the sense of place (London) and writing. the main character is really enjoyable, and the narrator is marvelous at capturing the different voices of a large cast of diverse characters. It is such a pleasure to have a male narrator who can do female voices without making me cringe. Thanks Audible for marrying up a great book with just the right narrator.
You know those books where the plot requires that characters don't clear up stupid misunderstandings? That require characters to keep secrets for no discernible reason? Where the whole central plot device could be cleared up with one short conversation but the characters decide not to have that conversation? Yep, this is one of those books.
The heroine of this novel is too dumb to live. The narrator doesn't help. 'Hoarry's' (yes, her name is 'Hoarry'...) voice and verbal mannerisms are portrayed as borderline imbecile - which actually seems quite accurate.
This is such a tiresome and ridiculous audiobook. I usually like Heyer, but this one is just a complete waste of time and money.
This is my first Pendergast novel and I really enjoyed it. The story is good - not great literature by any means, but engaging, interesting, and it all hung together pretty well. The narration is good except for a couple of characters. Dude, if you can't do Scottish accents, don't try. Also really unclear why the Japanese American scientist is given a posh English accent. Other than those two characters, the narrator found a really good voice for the various characters that really worked well.
I guess I could pick apart lots of the plot and characterisation, but really this is just a light thriller which shouldn't be taken too seriously. I enjoyed the insight into the workings of a museum and also the science was interesting - I have no idea if it was in any way credible or plausible, but it sounded convincing.
I'd definitely recommend this one.
This was an enjoyable romp. The hero was really quite loveable and I enjoyed Heyer's deliberate inversion of the reader's expectations around the apparent romantic lead - who turns out to be a 'cad.' The heroine was okay but nothing very engaging.
The narration was top notch.
I don't really know if this qualifies as 'urban fantasy' as such. It is a fantasy in an urban setting, but the tone is light and engaging, not dark and mysterious. I prefer light and engaging, and this delivers. I love the main character protagonist and most of the minor or secondary characters too. I found this funny, smart, imaginative and really interesting.
the voice narration is good too. Really, a winner and strongly recommended.
I really like this style of mystery - police procedural, interesting protagonist detective, set between the wars in England. I thought the main character was really quite well drawn. However, I found the story somewhat confusing and the mystery itself implausible and almost irrelevant. I liked all the ingredients, but for me the story itself was not interesting. Also, all of these characters who take on each others' identity. That whole thing didn't work for me, and didn't seem to have any point or plausibility.
The main character is very interesting and likeable. I was hoping for more involvement with his sister, who only appears in one scene but is also engaging. I might try number 2 in the series, eventually. An okay listen, but not as good as i had hoped. Nicely narrated, though, except for the terrible attempt at a scottish accent Xb
I loved this book in hardcopy, so I thought I'd take a chance on the audio book. I loved the narration and the whole experience of listening to the story rather than reading it. I've reviewed the book in Goodreads, where I talk about how clever and savvy the writing is. Of course that holds good for the audio version too. I did not always agree with the voices chosen for characters - for example, the evil characters are given a spanish accent (?) by the narrator, some of the characters are given scottish or irish accents. Perhaps I just didn't pick up the same hints in the text. Anyway, this is quite a trivial quibble.
I have read reviews of the book that really take issue with Kvothe's uncanny ability at everything he turns his hand to. I mean everything. I think this would be grating in some books, but it never jars me with this book. Maybe that's because it is set up from the beginning that he is a hero's hero. Also, we are shown major character flaws - his impatience, his inability to trust others, his arrogance - so he does not seem perfect at all.
Also he is the classic unreliable narrator, and this is lampshaded quite a lot throughout. The form of first person narrative is enfolded in the structure in a way that continually points out that the story is told by Kvothe and only from his perspective. I love that narrative structure. I think it isl really clever and it works for me.
If you haven't read this book or heard of it, I would recommend it as a great story. If you are a fantasy reader, the pleasure of it will be in watching all those standard tropes and devices being both used and gently mocked.
I've read the Spirit Ring by Lois McMaster Bujold. Bujold is one of my very favorite writers. This is a really good book.
The narrator, however, is simply appalling. Her performance is clueless and hammy. Truly an embarrassment to listen to. I have rarely heard such a terrible performance. I simply can't get past the first five minutes of the book without cringing and hitting the pause button. Why would they choose such a talentless actress to narrate this, or any other book?
I started reading this series years ago when only books 1 and 2 had been released. i was riveted but got frustrated waiting for each installment and gave them away. I'm really enjoying listening to them now. the narrator is fantastic - so many different voices and characters. Some of them are, for me, not quite right, but the major characters are brilliant.
If you haven't been introduced to the series before, I can strongly recommend the audio version - with one reservation: the maps and genealogies the are available in book form really help to anchor the story. With so many characters and so much sweeping action, it can be a little confusing without these resources. Especially because audio doesn't really allow you to go back and pick up a detail you might have missed.
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