I expected something better, something that was more about "The Search" and less about the romance of the main characters. I was put off by the crude language and the details of sexual encounters of the two main characters. There was such potential for this book, and it did not deliver.
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.
i must admit i am barely through half of this book. with the first two books i could not wait for the next, this one i'm not so sure about. i'm apprehensive about the dark, unsettling feeling i get as i listen.
i do not care for books that have so intensely manipulative main characters, that use their own dark evilness as the force behind their desire. there is not enough 'good' in this book so far to out way the unease that grips me as i listen. although i keep listening in hopes that the light will soon overcome the darkness.
regardless of how well written or how talented the author, i do not want books that leave me unsettled in my spirit. there is enough of that in the world without intentionally taking it in through fiction.
there are things about this book that disturb me, though you do get glimpses of hope, and almost certainly you think you know that in the end 'right' will surpass 'wrong', and all will be well at the end.
now, about what i've read so far...i can't believe after the first two books, that the main female character, although young, is so naive to the point of stupid. infact, i feel angry at the author for making her this way. and the way no one tells anybody else what is going on, always to the detriment of family and loved ones is beyond belief! i hate 'stupid' ! so many secrets, so many lies and deceptions. with such history of how this does not work for them, you'd think they'd learn by now.
i can't believe the author doesn't smarten up her characters a little. the story would be so much better if those with 'powers' were to communicate or use these powers to get where they're going with a little more intelligence. what's the point of having abilities when you don't use them as needed? it would make the story so much better.
i will eventually finish this book in hopes that it gets better, but will say this is the worst book in the series so far.
once again there is too much left out from the second book to this one. just as in the first to the second, there are many years left out. i wanted those years!! i still want those years.
i will say that the narrator is very good, and i enjoy listening to her. i just wish the author had done as good a job writing this book as the narrator did telling it.
the more i hear, the more i want. i love this series. can not get enough. i would have liked to have more of the time between the first book and the second. there is a lot of story not told about the early lives of this generations children, as children.
when you find an author who writes the way you want to read/hear, you don't want anything left out. i would have also liked to have heard what happened when 'Red' went back to his homeland after Sorchas' death...which i hated to have her part in the story ended!
this series seems to have quite a few different narrators from book to book. my preference is to have one narrator for all books, as the narrator makes or breaks the story. so far, it isn't too bad. the first narrator, Terry Donnelly took a bit of time to get her stride, but had a lovely voice, and the emotion she was able to put into the story was above wonderful.
the second narrator, Rosalyn Landor's voice reminded me of an actress from the 50's, Maureen O'Hara, which is fine, but her male voices were at best mediocre. at times i was hard put to know which man was talking, and it was hard listening for long to any of the male voices. if it weren't for the compelling story line i believe i would have stopped listening...which is a big credit to the author that i didn't.
also, i do wish that whoever writes the blurbs for the books would include the spelling of all the main characters. it would make it much easier when writing a review, not to be concerned with getting the names right.
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