One of Austen's best as far as I am concerned, and Nadia May is one of the finest narrators in the business.
If you want a story that is well written, full of humor, likeable characters and magical bad-assery, then this is for you. I am pretty sure I had a smile on my face nearly the whole time I listened to this book. The pairing of author and narrator is kismet, as the narrator really brings each character to life individually and you are never confused by who is speaking.
It's not going to change your life ( though it might teach you a few things about the mythology of other countries) but it IS a damned good time!
Margaret Mitchell has written one of the greatest character books I've ever read. How could I come to care about, and even admire, such a selfish creature as Scarlett O'Hara? How could I manage to be charmed by that pragmatic rogue, Rhett Butler?
This book will immerse you into the culture of the time. The authors ability to create a sense of place, to develop complex characters without giving too much away, to build suspense, to capture mood and feeling...it's almost unparallelled.
Linda Stephens, the narrator, is extraordinary. Her voice is pleasant, her intonations perfect, her characters distinct, her pitch and the rhythm and accents are spot on. I could listen to this woman talk all day. Even my husband was caught up in listening and he could care less about his book.
BUY THIS BOOK. It is extraordinary in every way, and honestly one of the best written books I've ever read.
I am a fan of epic fantasy. Having read all the glowing reviews for Eye of the World I was looking forward to listening to something great. Truthfully... I was disappointed. Underwhelmed would be more accurate. I don't know if this was because of all the wildly favorable reviews or because I had already started to make comparisons to other epic fantasies I'd read in my head before I bought the book but I noticed almost immediately that Jordans writing tends to be repetetive and lacks elegance. I had a hard time getting involved with or attatched to the characters and in many ways I felt that the beginning, which should have caught you up and dragged you away, left me wanting and not it a "man I need to know what happens next" way. There is a lot of set up, a lot of foreshadowing and description but I found the dialogue and the characters lack-luster. By the end of the book I felt no urge to continue reading (or listening) and no compulsion to buy the next book. There was no quality redeeming enough to rescue the book from the formulaic tar pit.
A little underwhelming after book one but full of intrigue and character development. You become better aquainted with characters, their struggle, and start to have more of an idea where the story is headed. It can be a little slow at times but is worth the read. More characters are revealed that will feature prominently later and ties are beginning to show that will surprise in the next book. Makes you want to get to the third book just to find out what happens.
It took me a little while to get used to this narrators voice but once I settled in I found his reading very enjoyable. His voice brings many of the characters fully to life in your mind. The author has created something very unique both in the world of his imagination and in the system of magic that is used there and manages to make it all very believable. He conjures epic fight scenes in the mind (I can still see many in my head) and it was impossible for me NOT to buy books two and three of the series after listening to this one. He's a bit repetetive (prepare to listen to everybody "pause" quite often before speaking or moving) but his characters are engaging, the story is interesting, and you will find yourself very invested by the end of this book. One of the most unique fantasy novels I've ever "read."
The narrator is FANTASTIC! Able to capture the accent wonderfully and give subtle differences to character voices that make them easily distinguishable. The writing is elegant, the romance is NOT overdone (I have read a LOT of romance novels and this book is nowhere near as graphic many I have read) and to tell the truth, I felt MYSELF falling in love with Jamie Fraser! During the recounting of the hero's disgusting and graphic encounter with the villain (be warned) I felt depressed and hurt for him. I laughed and worried and wallowed in sentiment and listened when I should have been doing other things. This book wont change your life but it will give you hours of entertainment and let you escape the confines of the day to day hustle and bustle for a while....and leave you dying to come back for more.
I liked the unique plot line (would make a good movie, I think) and the narrator does a commendable job. The love triangle (or quadrangle in this case) is expected for Meyer but done with an interesting twist. Fairly predictable but worth a credit if you are a Meyer fan.
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