Enjoyed this follow up immensely. These books are fun, easy to follow and don't take themselves too seriously.
I really wanted to note the narration. This is how it should be done. James Langton and the production team deserve about 50% of the credit for the enjoyment I got out of this.
I saw Alex on a authors panel at C2E2 last weekend. She was so funny and interesting. Her love of science really came through. I actually bought the book sitting there in the audience. I now wish I could go back in time. At the time I didn't understand the references or questions, now I do and I have my own questions. For such a happy, funny person, she created quite a dark character with very serious issues. In many ways he reminded me of Harry Dreasdon. I can't to listen to the next one and what she has in store.
This was a really wonderful idea. Both worlds and characters were well thought out and interesting. I would have loved spending more time learning about all of them. Unfortunatly this book is first and foremost a love story. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, just not my thing. I think there is a huge segment of people who would love it for just that reason. I'd love if there was another book which mainly took place in the other world. I suppose maybe the second book does that.
I found this book different than the first three. I found the danger level much lower. Much less chaos. He upped the thoughtfulness level. We spent more time learning about Atticus's past and what it is to be a Druid and most importantly, nearly immortal. Both the good and bad that go along with that. Interesting direction to go in, I thought.
Most deffinatly not. Because of the Narrators
First the male. Why do Jayce and Simon, two east coast US teens, have a British inner monologue? Didn't make much sense. He was at least better than the women, or maybe i should say 12 year old. I find it hard to believe she's much older than that. My real issue is she would pronounce certain things from this world incorrectly. Did she and the producers not listen to the first 3 books? Maybe they pronounced them wrong in the first three but it would have made more sense to stick with those. It was driving me nuts.
I listened to the first 4 but with this women continuing forward I guess I will be reading them instead.
Honestly, I have more than 80 audible books. I have never once complained about performance until this. I'm also not opposed to change since I had no problem when they changed the narrator between book 1 & 2.
I'd like to stress my issue is with performance, not the book itself. That was just as good as ever.
A very interesting combination of a vampire book with the Hunger Games and Planet of the Apes. The first 3/4 is a fun sociological study. It was so well done and had me thinking that I could not wait for the Hunt to begin. That didn't go as well as I hoped. It was as if he simply lost steam once he got to the end and just slapped something together. I also wonder what was going on with the narrator. There was no emotion or inf lexicon or anything. Most of the characters sounded alike so I had a hrd time knowing who was speaking. I did thnk for awhile that the main character has to hold back his emotions pretending to be a a vampire so maybe that's what the narrator was going for. The longer the book went on the more I feel like that was giving him more credit than he deserves.
At this moment I'm finding it hard to believe I will be able to survive the wait until the third book is released. I've rarely encountered a world so lived in. I've been reading the two books back to back for about a month (man they are really long, which is great). When I'm awake I've wanted little more than to get back to it and when I'm asleep I often dream of it.
Yes. It was recommended to me, thank God
Every now and again someone will recommend a book to me and I read it simply so I can tell them I did even though I don't really want to. This book blindsided me. I'm not normally enamored with an entire book being a story told of past events. This time I was so into the story I found myself annoyed the few times they came out of it. Kvoth's story is brought forth in such detail and depth along with this entire world. I should also add the voice performance was top notch. The distinct voices and accents for everyone never left me guessing who was who. I'd be hard pressed to have enjoyed a book more.
The thing stood out the most to me was the world Butcher creates. I felt as if he put together the world then created a character to fit into it. It was so well fleshed out, all bassis were covered. I've meant to get around to this series for years, now I'm not sure how I could have waited so long. The great thing is I get months worth of fun catching up.
It more or less wrapped up the entire hegemon portion of the Bean series of books. He took a massive number of characters and did a wonderful job of wrapping up each story, well sort of.
Quite Simply Life. I read Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow. I then went back and listened to them along with each of the other books. They are expertly acted and the voices chosen well.
I've always loved this Bean line of books and it makes going back to Ender's Game and reading that and knowing where each of these characters end up post bugger war.
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