I swear, I want to hang out with the Iry surfer from upstate New York. The narrator did such a great job of narrating this, it stayed incredibly entertaining instead of just ridiculously stupid. It was funny as hell, an easy read, and generally entertaining.
It made me want to learn more about St. Thomas... it was absolutely riveting, the bad guys powerfully bad, and the good guys inspirational. A truly excellent performance on the part of the reader, and a work of genius on the part of the writer.
This is the most important book of the 20th century. It's complex, like thousand pages of poetry. James Joyce is a genius. But it's no light read. It's tough, something you have to work through slowly. It's complex, with sentence structure that is unfamiliar to Americans. So why the hell is the narrator reading it like it's a speed reading contest? I can barely understand his accent. I mean, I understand that you want to make it sound genuine, and the sentence structure is fitting for the Irish/Scottish sounds. I appreciate the amount of effort it must have taken for two people to team up and 'perform' this monstrous endeavor. But really, slow the down. I'm no novice. I've read all of Ayn Rand's audio books. My vocabulary power is just fine, and my ability to comprehend audio books is also par. But with this one, I'm a couple hundred pages in and couldn't tell you what the main character's names are or when it's set... were you afraid you'd run out of time? We could have had a part 5. I wouldn't have minded. Just read the book next time. Don't give me the slurry, bunched together, overly fast accent when I'm trying to stomach a project like Ulysses. This is the first book I've ever given up on with Audible. I'm mad I paid for it, and now I'm looking for another when I haven't finished part 1.
It's not pretentious, and it does what it sets out to do -tell an entertaining story without depth or challenge. It's truly brain candy. Just don't leave it out for anyone to see you're reading it.
If you are considering this, then maybe you've got the brains to appreciate it. I'm not employing the Emperor's New Clothes strategy. The vocab is difficult, and the concepts are complex. But even though it's a hefty tomb, not a word is wasted. I've never read its equal, except for maybe 'The Fountainhead.'
If you are considering this, then maybe you've got the brains to appreciate it. I'm not employing the Emperor's New Clothes strategy. The vocab is difficult, and the concepts are complex. But even though it's a hefty tomb, not a word is wasted. I've never read its equal, except for maybe 'Atlas Shrugged.'
I couldn't tell for a long time whether this was TTS (text to speech) or an author. They must have hired this guy for his accent... he's not a great orator. As for the book, I'm half way through, and I still can't figure out why one would or should care about anyone in this novel. It's pretty two-dimensional, and other than the irrational insanity... sounds redundant, but I mean there's no reason for this guy to be insane... of one of the main characters, there's just not a lot going on. Hey, if I want boring reality, I'll open the window.
I picked this up because I hear he's taking over the Jordan series, and I couldn't believe this selection. It was like a collection of dusty high school kid's short stories sewn together and made into a fantasy novel. There was nothing new, no real construction of a setting or place, and no reality to the characters. The plot seemed to paint itself into a corner until the author threw his hands up in 'and then he woke up' solutions that, again, were completely juvenile and obviously unplanned. Boo hoo for the late, great Robert Jordan... who honestly began to disappoint in the later books -maybe this joke of an author can tackle his later works, but only if he stays away from the characters long time readers have developed loyalty towards. The only two saving graces of this book were that A. the author made the point that whatever side a person is on, s/he believes it is the right side. And B: the wizard's first rule was trite but at least it was entertaining; anyone who enjoyed this book was, indeed, dumb. Of course, if you're reading this, you don't know the wizard's first rule. It's this: people are kinda dumb. It's also a marketing expert's first rule, and apparently it's a publisher's as well.
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