Having read all the books in this series, and loved each one, I have to say that this one, although written and narrated just as well as the others, leaves me with wanting more. There is too much unanswered for this to be the last book in the series. The narrators were exceptional, and I dearly loved the Christian overtones, which made one think about their own moral code. I was so happy to find a series that left out the usual 'hooks' of sex, blood, gut and gore.
I could not put down this series, buying them when I ran out of credits. Bravo Orson Scott Card!!!
The sound of Rebecca Lowman's voice is fine, but the clipped, staccato, rushed way of speaking left me quite irritated. Most of the characters sounded the same, which made it hard to figure out who was talking if their name wasn't mentioned. It was difficult to tell which gender was speaking, they all sounded like women.
Everything had a rushed, hurried quality to it as if it were all high drama. 15 plus hours of that is way too much for me. I had read the book some time back and enjoyed it, but Ms Lowman's way of narrating killed the book for me. I don't know if she is new to narrating or not, but I won't be buying anymore books with her as the narrator.
although it did take about 13 chapters for me to really get into it, but i usually take a bit of time when going from one series to another. very realistic characters, they must be or i wouldn't have wanted to slap the 'younglings' upside the head so often!!!
makes me wonder if Mr. Jordan had kids that stubborn and immature or if he had no kids of his own to use as reference.
there were many times i felt like shaking the 3 boys and Egwain as well as the Wisdom, then i felt like shaking the author for not writing their characters with a little common sense and less stupidity! all the bickering and mulishness when such danger was stalking them! then acting like grade schoolers instead of young adults of 20 years or so, throughout the whole book was often enough for me to want to yell at them to 'GROW UP'!
i'm still upset that Mr. Jordan wrote their characters to be so childish for so long... but i listened to the whole book, for hours at a time as they went from one crisis to another. the story is that compelling that you don't want to quit listening, regardless of the annoying childishness. that tells me that Mr. Jordan is quite the story teller.
and you can't do better than Michael Kramer and Kate Reading for narrators !!! they can turn a so so book into a winner as they are stellar voice actors.
so i am certain that if i can enjoy this book, for i am not who suffers brattish children who don't do as their told well, anybody will enjoy this story and have the next one in their cart ready to be bought.
so well written, wonderful character development, terrific narration! and to think i almost passed this series up...! i love the build up of drama, the intense excitement that develops while listening. i find my stomach clenching while listening, waiting for the story to continue...muscles tensing, adrenalin flowing...i love it!
now, when is the next book coming out???
i have bought this book twice. the first time i returned it as i just couldn't get into it. then, months later i forgot i had already gotten it, and because i liked another series of Brandon Sanderson so much, i bought this one... again.
shortly after listening to a few chapters, i realized what i had done. but, since i had bought it twice, i figured i should stick it out and listen to the whole book. very glad i did!
i still have a few hours left to go, but am enjoying it so much i decided to get the second book.
the narration is really good, the characters are well developed, and the plot is excellent. the only thing i don't care for is the catch phrase...'storm it'... i don't think it's gonna catch on as a 'go to' phrase...just doesn't have the right flow in a sentence.
gotta say i wasn't impressed with the 'prequel'...but the first book doesn't seem to have much if anything to do with it. good thing. i like this book, and the narrator. it took a minute to stop looking for it to continue the prequel, but after i realized the two didn't have a lot in common, i started enjoying this book.
although the book is written well enough, i guess i just don't care for the overall theme of the book. i'd rather listen to something a bit more uplifting and less dark. as a prequel it almost ended my interest in the series, but i went ahead and bought the 1st book and am enjoying it quite a lot.
the narrator is good, although some of the people sound a bit alike, but that didn't detract from the overall story.
no one should enjoy a story about pedophiles.
taken a lengthy course is 'how to write a novel'.
her voice isn't 'bad', but the cadence is. if she studied some of the better narrators, maybe.
well, if i started in chapter one and started erasing ....
not only was this a third rate novel, about a completely hideous topic, the narrator completely ruined any hope of redemption by her inability to vocally 'act'.
it was hard for me to really get into this one in the beginning. but don't let that stop you...it really is a very good book.
at times i thought there was a bit too much 'listening to the thought process' of the main characters, as well as the 'poor pitiful me' of Vin. and i have to say this was the type of book i use to sleep by...meaning not too much continued need to keep listening so i don't miss out. i always go back to where i fell asleep to continue the journey.
the narrator, Michael Kramer has a nice soothing voice to help me sleep, which for me is good. he isn't boring to listen to at all, i don't want you to think that. he doesn't have the kind of voice that puts you to sleep, only makes it pleasant so you can sleep.
i hope the next book in this series is as well done as i did enjoy the listen.
again i keep wanting more. too many things keep being left out of the story. each book in this series keeps me coming back to this same theme. i love the story line, but am always dissatisfied with the endings. each book should be a continuation of the last, and they are not. they are each a new beginning with little to no bearing on the book before, except that the books are about the 'family' line in one way or another.
what started out as a wonderfully addicting story, becomes, with each new book, an unsatisfying meal with no clean segway from one course to the next. granted, you get a superb first and second course, but then, before you're ready, comes the next course without a palette cleanser.
each book seems to stop before fully completing the story. and when the next book comes along, you can't wait to start listening because you want more of the story that left you feeling incomplete. what you get is another story with little more than a few inferences to the story you want. it's like having a waiter take your plate before your meal is complete, and you're still hungry for what you've been eating!
this book is probably the worst as far as stopping too soon. if i go on the assumption that this book will be the same as the others, i can not feel the same anticipation and eagerness to listen to the sixth book in the series... i almost dread to find that once again, there is no continuation of the characters i just listened to, and their story is not finished! sooo frustrating!!!
Juliet Marillier is a wonderful author and tells what would otherwise be a wonderful series, if each book gave a satisfying end to the story of the characters you learn to love. each book feels almost like stand alone books, as no set of characters plays important enough parts in book that follows.
i don't want to put in any spoilers, so that makes it challenging for me to detail the problems i'm having with this series. but i must say that this ending is the most incomplete of all. there is so much more to be written about Sibeal and Felix and the vision concerning their life together, yet i'm afraid we will only learn bits and pieces of this in the next book, instead of a complete telling of this story.
i do want to add that the narrator does a very good job, and i enjoy her voice. although there were times when i was hard pressed to know just which male character was talking at times.
this one is not as fleshed out as the first three, therefore not as satisfying. as usual, i wanted more connection to the book before. as usual, there is too much left out from one book to the next. i wanted more depth of the main characters. i wanted more depth from the bringing home of Finbar, the baby. i wanted to know why the fairy folk left Sevenwaters Forest. i just wanted more...
i guess that's because of the author's ability to write an engaging story, and the narrator's ability to bring you into the story as if it's unfolding around you. i listen with my eyes closed and i see the story as if it's real.
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