Everyone should read this book, Period.
Whether you know someone with autism or not.
Whether you are interested in how the brain works or not.
Not including the sphincter clasps. Also, the story seemed rushed. It seems like something that could have been made into a longer novel and been great, but instead is so short it isn't even good IMO.
The reader was nice, his voice was pleasant and suited the characters. The author did a good job of invoking imagery. There were some very charming parts to the story, it wasn't all bad.
The narrator was my favourite. Aside that, the tavern owner who was the protagonist.
The scene with the goblin king. A different object could have been used to implicate the goblin hoard. The author does such a good job of conjuring up imagery that I was very put off and almost didn't finish listening to the book.
This book is like a wooden roller coaster ride. It starts out slow: Some people complain that it is boring while others just enjoy the view. However, like the wooden roller coaster, once you crest the first and tallest hill things really pick up.
I set this book down twice and I'm glad I picked it up the third time. I started listening to it at night when I was trying to fall asleep, and at first it was great for that...
Other reviews have mentioned the 'monotone voice' of the reader. This reader uses a very monotone voice as the 'narrator voice'.
This reader uses many voices for the different characters (and you can recognize which character speaks by the voice the reader uses!) as the characters are introduced into the book. There is more narration at the start of the book, setting things up, than the rest of the book.
My Personal; About This Book:
Each night I would find the beginning of the last chapter I could remember hearing and start there, and listen again until I fell asleep...
... In the early chapters I fell asleep pretty quickly (not 'because' of the book, but the sound of someone reading muffled other sounds, and the images I formed in my head helped me to forget about stuff I had to do the next day or other worries I had)...
... However, about the third or fourth night I found the book was keeping me awake. I had to stop listening to it at night because I found myself staying awake to find out what happened 'next'!
The book had me cheering for 'both sides' of 'the conflict'.
Review Wrap Up:
I can understand why some people gave it a low rating, and if you just don't like slow starts then don't buy this book.
If you don't mind enjoying the scenery and just going with the flow, understanding that things will be explained later, then this is a good book.
I couldn't put the second book down and I'm reading the third book right now.
This book is elegant in it's terseness. The story is truly unique and has many unpredictable twists and turns. I couldn't stop listening! It's like a roller coaster that had me hanging on the whole time!
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