Walkertown, NC, United States | Member Since 2002
I've been an Audible customer a long time and have listened to a lot of stories. This novel kept my interest the entire way. I thought the writing and narration were GREAT!
I'm one of those guys that has a very difficult time crying. My eyes were very wet at the end of this one, though. That's how emotionally involved I got with these characters.
"Consent to Kill" was my first Mitch Rapp novel. I could tell I had missed a lot of "history" and wished I had read some of the previous tales before this one. But my limited knowledge of Mitch's past didn't really create a problem. I still enjoyed the novel VERY much.
The second part/half of this novel is EXCELLENT! The first part/half of this book is what brought my rating down a star. I thought the story dragged at times during the first 7 hours. In hindsight, I thought there were some unnecessary characters and interactions/"scenes" during that first half.
However, if you have been a reader and/or listener of the Harry Dresden Files, you definitely want to get this book. This might be the best story in the series.
I listened to the entire story. One of the problems I had was with the characters. I just couldn't get interested in their goals or challenges. None of them were appealing to me. In the end, I didn't care about them. So, I don't feel a desire to continue following the story in a sequel.
I enjoyed Ender's Game, which is science fiction and military strategy. I understood that The Lost Gate was something very different: a story that contained magic, fantasy, and a mingling of different worlds. I can enjoy those kind of stories. For example, I am about to listen to the third book in Terry Brooks' Magic Kingdom of Landover series.
The Lost Gate never engaged me emotionally. It tried to engage me mentally with the concept of "gates." But I found that the topic just wasn't that interesting to me.
The primary narrator is the same one from Ender's Game. He has a very deep voice. I don't remember that bothering me for the military setting of Ender's Game. For The Lost Gate, though, I had a problem. The main character is a young teenage boy. There are a number of female characters. I thought his voice was too deep for most of the characters he voiced.
My ratings for books are usually very close to the overall average. I only choose to listen to books that have an overall rating of at least 4. Rarely do I give a rating this low. So, I'm not with the majority on this one. And in looking at the ratings, there are a significant number of listeners that rated this book at a 3 or lower.
So, not everyone agrees with the many overly positive reviews you see written on The Lost Gate. I did not find the story "fun" or "amazing." But I'm happy other people enjoyed the listen and I wish Orson Scott Card the best with the series.
I thought I would like Hero. However, the longer I listened to this story, the more I disliked it. Towards the end (and I did force myself to go all the way to the conclusion), I found myself hitting the fast-forward button to skip over a few minutes here and there.
You're inside the head of a teenager. You will be listening to a teenager's thoughts and feelings. For a teenage listener, this will probably be entertaining. For an adult listener, you may find this experience "uncomfortable."
I can find pleasure in reading a young adult novel or comic book story. I've enjoyed seeing The Avengers movies. But there were too many times during Hero that I had thoughts like "This conversation (with another character or with himself) is stupid." And there were fight sequences where the way heroes used their powers made no sense.
If you're a young adult, I think you'll probably like the story. If you've moved beyond the teenage years, you may not find the story or writing mature enough for you.
I would give the author and narrator 4 stars. However, my appeal for this story was 2 stars. So, I give an overall average of 3 stars.
I can see why some people liked this book. However, from my perspective, the story was too slow, too Bible-oriented, and too church-oriented. I also got "disoriented" with the constant jumping forward and backward in time. About a third into the second part (around 8.5 hours total invested time) I decided that I was not enjoying this series of short stories enough to keep listening. I was ready to move on to another book.
This might be categorized as a "faith-based" novel that would remind some people of The Mitford Series of books by Jan Karon. I found At Home in Mitford much more entertaining than A Prayer for Owen Meany.
So, I would only recommend this book for listeners that find this kind of writing enjoyable. It's a long ride. Not everyone will find the seat comfortable.
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