I was utterly disappointed with this linear & twist-free story. There are no surprises, no interesting revelations about Pico Mundo, Odd Thomas or any of his cohorts. I enjoyed the quirky world in the original Odd Thomas but Forever Odd fell flat.
The story and the narrator are nicely matched. I enjoyed spending time in this world.
I gave up listening after 60 minutes. The characters failed to evolve or deviate in any way from a very predictable story line. The narrator also spoke very slowly - bringing the already sluggish story to a near complete halt. I can't recommend this book.
After spending 7 hours with this story, I gave up. The author tries to cram so much back story from several characters - through flashbacks - into the story that the plot looses all forward momentum. I found it a frustrating listen - lots of details that failed to come together to create a compelling story. I wish I had chosen another title from this author.
I was truly disappointed in Brisingr. The pacing of the book is so slow, I actually set the reading speed from "normal" to "fast" on my iPod just to get through the material more quickly. Don't waste hours of your listening time. Skip this book and wait for the next release - the author always recaps a bit of the plot from the earlier books. There are more interesting / better plotted adventure tales out there waiting to be heard. You can comfortably skip this book, even if you enjoyed the earlier two novels. This one does not live up to the Eragon story telling I have come to expect.
I'm really lukewarm on this title. The narrator was good & tried to do his best with the material. But the plot pacing & the "revelations" were very uneven. It was frustrating listening at times as details were slowly parceled out. This is the first book of a series and I have no interest in following it further.
I enjoyed Bartimaeus' witty & sarcastic voice in this book. The narrator did an excellent job bringing the characters to life - particularly the djinni Bartimaeus. I found myself smiling at the dialogue and mainly amused by the plot. I plan on happily listening to all three parts of this trilogy.
The Thirteenth Tale is a story that really benefits from being read aloud. The two narrators help bring bring the two primary female characters to life. At times the subplots can seem to wonder, but trust the author to bring everything to a satisfying and cogent conclusion.
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