First, I've listened to the last 3 books in the series. All were wonderful in the previous orator's voice.
Why ms Martin went to Kirby to read her continuation of the series is have no idea, but I have been sorely disappointed by the readers performance. Where the previous reader made the story lively, Kirby has fell flat. Where Peter (the previous reader) made character like john-mark brave, Kirby has made them sound whining. Where Peter made the women in the book sound romantic and feminine, Kirby makes them sound bored and boyish.
Great book, poor reading.
OSC does his best in this book, so we'll in fact that I almost forgot to leave work at the appointed time as I was engrossed in the story. The narrator is outstanding and the story all makes some sort of perverse sense, even while they are telling you that God's are on earth and running rampant all around you.
The last hour and a half of the book however make the reader feel like they are falling off a cliff. The climax is short lived and if you miss it entirely don't be surprised.
OSC keeps the reader engaged and the story fits naturally, I just wish he would have extended the climax and perhaps added an hour onto the book so the rythem of the reading was less amputated.
The author writes in a neutral tone, not on the dragons side and not on the humans. The books does not make some sort of fictional, pretty, grade-school version of dragons, but makes the main character as victimized as the rest of the world instead of pretending that they, being the main character, is above injury nor tragedy.
Great book, good reader.
After accidentally buying this book for both Kindle and Audible i found myself happy that i did. The voice acting in this novel makes the hero (Gavin) sound like a hippie teenager that smoked a little too much in his time. The main character (kip) sounds a bit like the whining prepubescent that they want you to see him as, though it doesn't make his voice any less grating.
The novel itself is well thought-out, with vivid word-illustration, and overall a very authentic, alluring feel. The addition of this book to the fantasy genre is one of honorable mention and will entertain almost any reader.
I gave this 5 stars because the book itself is not at fault for the authors mistakes.
The author tends to use the same expressions repeatedly and seems not to notice ending chapters in the same vain over and over. The author also does a pretty poor job of describing some of the villians and even heros in the title.
The "Summoner" is not given any detail and/or reason behind his power, some vague instances of insight are caught, but not enough to yield any rhyme or reason to the "power". You might say, "This is a fantasy novel, not a scifi, deal with it" if it werent for the blatantly made-up situations that seem to come across. Basically, not justifying ones actiosn early in the book yields less than surprising results later on and i know from experience that the sequels are less than grand.
On another note, I'd like to speak to the ediotr to ask what he was thinking letting the author repeatedly use the same dry expressions (after book 2 they get old...).
5/5 for an amazing start to the series. Great book, good hook, perhaps a little wordy, good storyline.
This book is a sequel to THE SUMMONER.
The book itself keeps you intriged for the most part, however, you can skip some entire chapters without missing anything. The book seems to add chapters for clarification, but the author gets side-tracked frequently.
4/5 for a successful sequel but it continues in the same vain as the first book to the point of repetition.
Overall, the authors seem to have been writing alternate paragraphs. It seems to get interesting once every 2-3 hours and doesnt stay that way long.
The revolving path of doubt and irraitation with circular questions and recitations of the same words get dull after the first hour.
After half the book, it feels like the author seems to remind you how stupid and irritating they are writing. It seems INTENTIONAL that they keep repeating the same things, over and again.
2/5 for horrible writing style and a circular, repetative novel.
I read the first two, which were a 3 and 4 / 5 respecitvely, this puts a poor end to a decent series.
The book started out with a diplomat arriving from his sleep in a technologically advanced far-flung future of ours. The person who woke him was largely inhuman and the environment so full of jargon that it was hard to understand anything that was going on. With all of the above said, it was actually challenging to get into this book, however, after 3 separate attempts of falling asleep to the seemingly random placement of events that have not yet happened, the realignment of the concept of time, the jargon, and the unfamiliar descriptions, it was a great book!
Worth the wait and the understanding if you can get into it. Its full of suspence, intrigue, and a bit of time disconjunction. I think this actually helps us understand the fluidity of time a bit better than the old school books in highschool science class.
A great buy!
Mr. Simmons either forgot that this was a Sequel, or forgot that summarizing can be entirely too droll to be in any book.
This book, while with merit toward the last hour of the book and a few hours in between, is largely uneventful, dry, and exceedingly repetative if you have read the other books in the series. Being the last book in the series, you would have though that it would end with a bang, but unfortunately it does not.
The title is even misleading because the book does not end in the "Rise of Endymion", nor does it have his rise at any point in the book. His "Rise" is so simple that hundreds or millions of others are able to do the same, his stupidity only seems to increase and my head seemed to swim with the amount of repeated paraphrasing there was! Oh look, its got me repeating myself now. Great.
Anyway, was a good book and its a must read if you want to know what happens in this series, however, the hours of boredom are going to keep you largely wishing you could just skip to the end. The book does a good job of keeping you at least attentive, if not entertained, while everything else in the book is going on. There were (i think planned) points in the book that it seemed to have a seemingly normal reversion of tempo and story, each about 15% through the books duration.
I hope those of you whom like this series leave enough time to forget the books prior so that reading this is a helpful reminder rather than the headache after reading all three in sequence. If not, grab some aspirin and prepare for a long read!
This book is the last of the Ender books. That is a fact and it means you are expected to remember the other books. After you read the book you figure out that it is an implied fact; being the last book, that you have read the other books before, if you have not you will be largely lost during the points where the allusions and nuances come into play.
Great book for about 10 hours then it starts to slow down some, overall an excellent read with the same type of reading that you have become familiar with. Stephan Rudnicki really does make this book as the voice of another actor comes into play later on and totally spoils enders persona in my opinion.
The only downside to this book is that it marks the end of Enders adventures, his line of thought, and insightful reality that is the Enderverse.
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