Considering this is just a book preview, I cant really fault the book all together. But as it stands, I get the feeling I'm listening to a cross between the BBC TV show Misfits (without the comedy mind you) and the X-Men Age of Apocalypse spawned X-Terminated. Not saying that is a bad thing, but in the realm of originality, its lacking.
I will have to reserve judgement until I can listen to the offering in its entirety.
Why is it that I feel I just had to listen to another Wheel of Time book with Egwene as the main character? In truth, a character I detested in the first place. So now we have this Shallan-Egwene with all the same character flaws as the first but with an all to outwardly chipper attitude. It got to a point where I wanted to skip any parts with the Shallan character all together.
I can't say I enjoy this jumping the point of view around from book to book, but if you going to do it make at least make the main character a stronger one. And lets not fall into pattern where the characters all keep falling backward and somehow forgetting what they learned in the last book. Which at this point I'm not so sure isn't what is going to happen.
The overall story line makes this book well worth the read but you could cut out almost all the Shallon parts and made it a stronger offering by far.
I enjoyed the first two books in this series, even with the over explanations of anything including dirt. Overly philosophical yes, but to an end. The Endymion books however gave me the feeling that I was listening to Dan Simmons work out his own reason for being and how faith plays into it. The characters are void of any substance and the overall story is just an unsatisfying array of fruitless descriptions. Although, I will give credit to the author for making me feel uncomfortable with the inept forever complaining babysitter turned love interest scenario.
Unlike the Hyperion books I could not bring myself to care about any of the characters in the Endymion offering. At the end, I was glad it was over and I would never have to hear from them again.
You could cut about 30 hours of audio from the Endymion books and with proper editing maybe come up with a decent adventure story.
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