Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2012
The Narrator is good but he talks a little slow. Once you speed it up to 1.5x the speed it is better.
I bought this book because I thought it would be a little more advanced. NOT! I am not really impressed. I had hoped Kabbalah would evolve a little faster into todays world but no. Honestly I have yet to find a book that match my understanding of life. Most of the stuff in this book I wrote in notes when I was 9yo, but in layman terms. Personally I believe I wrote all the original Kabbalah books and I was the Dalai Lama the first 8 times. But the last 3 times I came back to update the knowledge they killed me off. No one wants the new understandings. They are satisfied with the cryptic old ways.
This book says it is trying to save humanity and that is why Kabbalah is coming out now. But the book doesn't tell you anything. This book says it is not religious but it talks about how the "Creator" created everything? I understood everything said in this book because is very below basic, but it takes these basic terms and cryptifies it (My word I coined it). ;)
I really think this book is worth 2 stars, but because I don't want to mess up its stats, I am going to give it 4. If you are a Kabbalah follower, please don't flame me, but feel free to send me an email and test me. I am not human and that is a fact! hehe... But you won't know for sure unless you ask. If you are trying to find a less cryptic way to evolve to that next step, I can probably help. If you read all this then you are probably an Energy User of some sort and have spent most of your life knowing that all your friends will ever know the real you and you have NO ONE you can really talk to about Life on a scale that will evolve the energy within.
In this book they use the word "Bonding" like I use the words "Social Core". The Social-Core is like "the matrix" in some ways... It's a bubble of influence that has surrounded this planet. And the expectations of everyone in this Social Core impose certain realities upon everyone within it (most have eyes but they can not see.). This was not an accident. Burning witches at stake, killing most of the Druids, destroying the free thinkers, closed the parallels of Life's magic(K). We need to create a new Social-Core another bubble of influence within the current bubble, in order to change the rules. But first (and this book said this in a more cryptic way, but I agree) you have to Awaken from within. We must take the next step beyond the image we see in the mirror.
This book uses the word "Creator". ARG! bla bla bla... When I hear that word I think JW's. lol. "Universe" I can handle, but the word Creator? Seriously polluted. I believe Kabbalah is consistently contradicting itself. I do agree with about 65% of what I have read (across a few books) but I believe it complicates simple basics. If for example there were.. 10 levels to awakening... Let's also say the average person is at step 3 and people starting the process of awakening are playing with step 4. Kabbalah explains in cryptic terms levels 123 in TOO MUCH cryptic details, plays a little bit in step 4 skips step 5,6 and 7. Theorizes on step 9 and tell you after that... is step 10 no details and NO DIRECTIONS.
If you read all this, then you are doing one of two things. Either your all knowing and are fixing to flame me with without sharing any real tidbits (Please understand I am thirsty for knowledge that's why I keep searching, also note I did give 4 stars, that should be worth something.) or... you are hoping I am not BS'ing you. I am not.
If you find my facebook slash rwhorne, you will not see anything about this kind of thought on it, because I work a professional life and people are not ready or interested in evolving the energy inside. So I let them be who they want to be, just like you probably do for others most of the time.
I really do hope I haven't hurt anyone's feelings and I really wish I could find something a little more advanced. I am beyond expert, but I am not flying yet. (working on it) :)
I bought this book because I played the games and thought the storyline in the games was amazingly interesting. The book wasn't bad and the Narrator was awesome. My GF read the russian version of this book at the same time and we both have a very similar opinion. Not bad, the idea behind this book is a lot more interesting. It kept my interest I was hoping for more, I don't think I can really recommend it to anyone unless you are just into the post apocalyptic type stories. I hated the ending, there were 2 games, the first game followed the book, if I can find book two that follows game 2, I think I would buy it. :)
Have you ever started a book in the middle of a series where some amount of time has past for the characters between the books (i.e.: 10 years later). When that happens they will usually summarized things for you during the main storyline. That is exactly what this book should have been (a Summary). With the exception of one thing all of which happened over the last few chapters. This book should have been book 3.5 (Not book 4). I want to give more details as to why but even though I am disappointed I don't what to give any spoilers.
For those people who are really into the drama behind the relationship buildup (not sure if that is a spoiler or not) then that is what this book is about. I think I could have pulled out about 5 chapters and put them at the beginning of the next book to get the same result. You know when a writer completes a novel and it is not quite long enough for the publisher... The writer will go back through the book and add what I call filler, more details here and there and maybe a side adventure, With the exception of a few chapters, that is how I feel about this whole book. I would not be surprised if she wrote book four first, then decided she needed something in between and wrote this one.
Another thing that bugs me is the ending didn't really fly for me. The writer pushed the last part without any real reason behind it. Yes it did add some senseless drama, but the urgency didn't make sense to me, the writer was clearly trying to hook you in for the next book (skip a little common sense and BLAM, you have DRAMA), which after reading this book I can see why Helen Harper panicked, however I was already invested, I know the Lord Alpha wouldn't be manipulated by the last event like the drama suggests, it's out of character. I have no doubt something will be explained in the next book to iron out the ridiculousness of the final drama. Still like I said the last few chapters were good, it felt more like the beginning of the book should not the end.
I am with HIGH HOPES, the next book brings it... !!!
I'll let you know. :)
This is one of my favorite series. Kevin Hearne has a grasp of the reality he writes about like no other. He plays the Gods and puts them into a reality created by man, I think it some how hits the nail on the head. He portrays a reality with enough detail and history to make it more believable. The play on words his whole demeanor of life and the way people see a reality based on their own perceptions and ignore what is really going on around you. Seriously this is a book series that I will listen to over and over and take notes. :) Awesome.
I probably should have re-read all the previous books first, because I felt a little lost getting back in the characters culture. This book rotated around a war and pretty much had a straight feeling of bla or dread. It was a good book but I didn't feel like it pulled me into the story. It was more like "Life sucks, then it gets worse and if you win, you still have nothing to look forward to except the aftermath and the loss" Well that's depressing... Hmmm It may be just because this book was really meant to be read right after the others, it had been over a year since I read the last book in this series and this book didn't really bring you back up to speed. Ya that is probably it.
Finally, the last chapters of the book were on the verge of being intense. :) Fist time I actually feel a little in suspense at what might happen next. Yaay. I hope it meets my expectations. :)
Book 2 is still keeping my interest. It is not off the charts Awesome, but still has potential. It really is a good story. Although it does keep my interest I am not sitting on the edge of my seat with excitement about what might happen next. I can put the book on pause and not think about it until I am bored again. But there is progress in the storyline and she received some nice new powers, I just want her to kick more butt!!! :)
So far not bad, I will buy the third book.
This book seems to set the stage for the rest of the story. Not a lot of action, just enough to keep it interesting, I definitely like the attitude of the main character and think there is a lot of potential to this story, I hope to see some of that in the next book. :) Narration was Awesomely done.
This book is a Drama Love Story. Love and Lust although that description may seem a little more entertaining than the actual story. The Narrator did a great job, I am not sure I could have kept up with this book the way it goes from one character viewpoint to another without the awesome Narrations. I am not from Chicago so I don't know enough to comment on the accent but it was the Narrator that kept me from asking audible for my money back.
It wasn't a bad story, it was like an episode of the Days of Our Lives. I buy a book like this I want action, near death experience, excitement not Drama and Redneck Lust and sex.
I was hoping that maybe this book just built up the characters and the next book would add the adventure and action, but .... They play a couple of hours of the next book at the end of this book and it is just another episode of Drama type Love Story with another odd couple.
One thing that really bugged me about this book is the author's depiction of Werewolves, I question whether the Author has ever read anything about them. His depiction of the Werewolves is off compared to where everyone else is. For example werewolves can get drunk in his book. There are several contradictions and I just found the overwhelming amount of sexual dialog to be a little primitively written in a redneck-ish style of Lustyness.. (sorry I am making up words now... :).
It didn't suck but... Not buying the next one.
Both this series and the Mercy Thompson had so much potential. I keep hoping for more umph, but just not getting it with these books. It seems very basic, or maybe I just read to many books that had the OMG factor built in to the point I thought I was going to change (fingers crossed)... ;) I will buy the next and last book, with the same hope I had for this one. It is interesting enough to keep my attention, but no real WOW factor. I am still giving it four stars, but it would only be deserving of 4 if it was out of 6 stars, three stars just seems a little petty and I am not petty.
This series is in the list of my Favorites, Awesome! The whole series from start to finish, both the storyline and narration, flawless (unless you are an over critical hardcore historian in this type of folklore, but I think even they would like this series). If you like these type of books, you will not be disappointed with this series. I hope Kevin Hearne comes out with another one.
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