Agree with some of the other reviewers that the beginning is VERY slow. Also, the script of the protagonist's father, teachers and mentors is so patronizing, coupled with the narrators tone of the characters, makes it difficult to stay engaged. Feels like being in Catholic school (no offense intended!). Yes it gets better as it goes but not that great really. Rather flat. I think I'll stop here and look at some other series I've had my eye on. Perhaps I'll come back to it later...
A good editor who enjoys a challenge, and an audiobook engineer who likes cleaning up big messes.
Let me put it this way: 16 hours of audio and 100+ CHAPTERS!!!! There were some chapters that couldn't have been more than a few paragraphs.
I've read all his other books. If this is an example of goodkinds work, straight from the source, then my respect for his talent has been seriously damaged. The outline of the story is good, but the text is not very written. He must've had some amazing editors for his other books because I've always enjoyed his books before this.
Almost anyone. No joke, this is the most bland delivery I've ever heard in a Narrator. Coupled with the poor content and the mistakes in audio recording, this is easily the worst audiobook I've ever listen to from a delivery standpoint.
Based on the authors comments, if this is what goodkind thinks he brings to the table then he should not bypass his publishers and deliver such poor quality works.
it's a good basic storyline it just sounds like a very rough first draft read with a poor reading.
Maybe. The threat of an EMP attack is haunting and interesting. The public should know more. I would warn that it's certainly not an uplifting story.
I grew up not far from the book's location so much of this aspect is on target. That said, the characters range from being under to significantly over developed.
In essence, the book is a vehicle to shake a finger at society for ignoring the EMP threat. You glean very little about human nature other than we're all one second away from turning on each other. Maybe we are, but I could have read about this in a Time magazine article rather than fabricate a story around it where the good people are always good and the bad folk are bad--might as well pass around white and black hats.
Eh, OK. Much too much preaching.
Only if there were better sub-plots.
I'm not sure who would enjoy this. The wording is too convoluted for youth but the story is much too underdeveloped for adults.
Read like a first draft. Disjointed writing style. Makes some major time leaps at times as well as leaps in believability.
Breathy and affected accent. No character or emotional differentiation--how can the character be shouting and the narrator sound like he's just completed a short sprint.
Too underdeveloped to say. Within 4 hours listening time three completely separate stories that began in multiple locations spread across this universe's world had converged. I can't plan a gathering with my local friends and bring them all together so quickly.
Waaaay too expensive. Seems like a steal at approx $7 a book, yet the "books" are about four hours. Compared to fully developed series whose books can run 30 - 40 hours, these mini-books can rack-up the expenses quickly.
Really liked the way magic is treated in this world. The story is a bit juvenile in writing style and HEAVENS where was the editor in this! Some of the flow of the text needed major tweaking! Also, as an audiobook there are audible errors. That said, I still enjoyed it though I wouldn't spend much on the series.
I'm not going to recount the story because it annoys me to read reviews that tell the whole story. I can say that I was moved to tears more than once. But, I found the story's best punches were in the first 1/3, it levelled out in the middle and the end seemed to wander around. The actual ending is abrupt, unexpected and unfulfilling. That said, I do recommend it because the story is interesting, unique, engaging--and the narrator is quite good.
I agree, Tolkien is the father of epic fantasy and I'll never forget how his writings impacted me, however why do we always compare new fantasy writers to Tolkien? We already have a Tokien, thank you. How about a modern writer who takes it to the next level, such as Jordan, Sanderson or Goodkind. Certainly not the case with this book. Such trite and predictable descriptions, an unsustainable magic system that has a unique twist but is obviously created so that the main character, who has no magic, can be special in some way.
Though I loved Kate Reading in the Robert Jordan series, her uber "high British" accent reading Missouri-born Butcher's over flowery language is just too sterotypical, almost to the point of being a farse. I'm not tying to be hurtful but my disappointment has stirred some strong negative emotions with this book.
I've never NOT finished a series. This will be the first. I'm done.
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