This book is on par with the second in the series. I do find the style of writing interesting. What I will say though is that when I examine how this story works, it's really quite amazing. I think that most readers that have gone through the whole series would conclude that all the books feel more like one book instead of just a part in the series. I found myself thinking back at certain parts and had to think, was that in book two or three. While I like George RR Martin a lot more, I will give this author credit. If you've made it this far, I implore you to analyze this work as a whole. As I've said in my other reviews, I really didn't care that much for the first book and I could see a lot of readers stopping there and can't blame them. I read in another review that one reads Gene Wolfe for the prose. I believe that to be true but I also think it's his ability to make everything fully seemless. So I do think the series was worth it but do not blame you if you're on the fence as to whether or not you want to continue. Everybody's style is different and sometimes it's good to challenge yourself and got outside your norm. This was one of those cases for me and I can honestly say it didn't disappoint.
Pandemonium (one word suffices)
What I like about this series is it's different from others I've read. I really don't want to compare it to anything else. It's fun, you don't have to think a lot, and it mixes in a lot of mythology. If I absolutely had to compare it, it would have to be close to the Percy Jackson series but for adults
Only the others in this series and he does a great job
When Atticus dies
This is by far the best of the series to date. I still think that without oberon as the comic relief, it wouldn't be as great. The writer has done a better job than with the previous books. I can't wait to see what happens next.
After a while, Once I've listened or read a book, I really don't re read them again.
Oberon, without him I don't think I would have enjoyed the book as much. He brought a lot of comic relief and made me laugh out loud several times. I also liked the widow.
He did a good job. Accents were good and tone was good
I hope they don't make this into a movie, I see it more as a TV series. Tag line would be
It's hard to find good fish n chips
It's not nice to mess with mother nature, especailly when a Druid is around.
This book is a guilty pleasure for me. As an older reader, I see this more as a book for older teens and college students but I really enjoyed it. It's not lengthy, doesn't require a lot of thought and is just pure enjoyment. If you looking for a more complex book, this is not it; however if you just want something that you can sit back and enjoy, it's a fun read.
Yes. This is filled with a lot of things that will make you think. If you are a very religious person, you may not like this book.
The plot kept me very intrigued. It's funny looking back on it now, everything is a lot more obvious, especially about the "villian" in the book (don't want to spoil anything). He has the characters keep asking questions that make you think and wonder. Then after he has given an explanation, you find yourself searching to see how much of what he says is fact vs semi fact. It's one of the things I've always loved about Dan Brown books.
Paul's voice is pleasant enough and his reading is good. I could hear a couple of the edits though, that's not Pauls fault. I'm starting to become accustomed to other narrators though that have a wider voice range and give more "life" to the characters. He did a good job though.
Don't ruin the book lol. Would tag it Know ye not that ye are gods
This book provokes a lot of thoughts and depending on your beliefs can evoke a lot of emotions. If your willing to keep an open mind about things it is very interesting.
Joe Kicks Ass!
Wow, without giving anything away, It has to be when a Major event happens to the DMS Warehouse in baltimore and Joe's reaction to it.
Ray Porter is awesome for this series. If this ever gets greenlight for the television series I can actually picture who I would like Joe to be (Jason O'Mara).
The way Ray voices Joe is just spot on. The tone, the attitude, everything. I love what he does with the other characters as well. You have to give serious props to Ray for bringing the writing to life. One of my favorite parts in this book from a narration perspective is when Top is speaking with Joe at Joe's uncles house right after they arrive.
Joe's mental dilemma in the cavern after he's been caught and gets free and has to make a decision on what to do with the people in the "lab" I'm using lab very loosely here in order not to give anything away.
Read all the other books in order. You don't have too but it will so enrich the story.
The first two hours of this book were a complete waste of time and in my opinion did nothing to add to the story. Now with that said, you're either going to like this book or not. I fall into the latter camp. It isn't a bad book but it's not an action story and requires you to really listen to it and pay attention (which I do with all my audio books), otherwise you can get lost quite easily.
Maybe I've read too many books but I found the story line very simplistic and predictable.
It revolves around finding a mole within the spy agency label as the "circus". An analytical mind may find this story appealing.
If it wasn't for the fact that I always listen or read a story once I purchase it, I would have left it after those first two hours of listening.
Based on this book, I would not
I believe he set the tone of this novel quiet well but honestly he puts me to sleep. He has one of those voices that are easy to listen to but can lull you. Based on this performance alone, which is the only time I've ever heard him, It doesn't seem like he has a wide range of voices as I've heard from others.
I would have cut out the first two hours.
You can read everybody else's reviews for the meat. It's a good book and fits well. The only difference here is you get a happy ending. A lot of people didn't like that, I did. Here are a few of the characters from the First law series that make appearances.
Caul Shivers and Nicomo Cosca play big roles in this book although they are not the main characters.
Shylo Vitari has an important role
Carlot dan Eider minor role
Jezal dan Luthar very minor in this book. He makes an appearance
Yoru Sulfur minor role as well
I'll let the other reviews give you more details but this trilogy rocks. Multiple times in throughout the series it is stressed that history repeats itself. It's interesting that it ends much the same way it begins.
I also like how he portrays the characters. It show that not everybody you think is bad is bad and those that are "good" are not always so. It also addresses a lot of grey areas.
IMO Bayaz is a bad guy, Luther is good and Nine fingers is in the grey area. This is just a example of how things change from when you start the series.
The series is not one of those that wraps everything up neatly in the end but nonetheless it is enjoyable. There are two stand alone books that go with this and there is a third on the way. I plan on listening to them all.
The first is Best Served cold
The second is The Heroes
The third is Red Country
I liked the story within a story. I probably would call this book 4.5 more like 4.1.
It has less to do with the current situation in midworld and more about Rolands past.
While it was fun, especially the Wind in Through the Keyhole story that Roland tells, it just didn't feel relevant to the whole series overall. This would have been really good as one of the graphic novels that are currently ongoing.
As for Stephens narration, it wasn't awful but it was flat. I miss the feel that the other narrators gave to it.
Like others have said, it may be work actually buying the book. The only cool thing this has over the book is a chapter from the Shining sequel at the end.
When I first started this series it was a break from the normal in depth books I tend to read. The quick action, interesting characters and end of the world ( or at least chaos of the world) plots are just simply delightful and addicting.
This book brings back Galt and Toys and the author did it in a good way. It didn't feel cheesy or forced. I really hope that they follow through on this and make the TV series.
If you read or listened to the other books you know the basics already. Good Guy Joe Ledger and the DMS must save the world again against the evil organization of the Seven Kings and the Goddess.
So if you need a break from the complex books, like action and can put aside the near invincibility and luck of Joe Ledger, I highly recommend this book. This is one of those books to just sit back, enjoy and go with the flow.
This is a collection of short stories linked together by the main character Azhrarn. There was one story I found particularly enjoyable and it was the longest in the book about a girl who was the daughter of a King but her father was killed by other kingdoms. I kind of wish that would have been the overall story instead but alas I guess that is why the title is Tales from the Flat Earth, with the emphasis on Tales.
The writing is okay but I just couldn't get over the fact that it felt disjointed. While she does blend in different mythologies and tales from other cultures, it failed to grasp this listner. Most, not all, of the stories felt superficial and lacking in details (to which the author eases herself out by writing in that the details are not known.) It felt lazy in my opinion.
I couldn't stand the Narrator. The main reason for this was her rhythmatic way of reading. She does an ok job with the voices but the overall tone is boring and made me want to go to sleep.
IMHO, I believe this book would be targeted towards early teens. It's simple enough to follow and enough to let them enjoy the fantasy.
I personally won't be continuing the series.
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