After enjoying the Wee Free Men series, I had very high hopes for this series. Audio quality is dreadful and it's just not funny. I could only last about two hours before I gave up. Maybe it get's better, but I'm not going to waste any more time on this book.
If you've read the Night Angel Trilogy, this is a nice addition to round out some of the details hinted at in the books. If you haven't had a chance to read them, they are excellent. I would recommend reading the trilogy before listening to this novela as it has some information that is more enjoyable to discover as you work through the books.
The narration was very good although I'm always aggravated that a new narrator (or the producer) can't take the time to listen to the previous work and pronounce names the same. It's a minor gripe becuase this is a really good narrator.
The book is fun, witty and moves quick. It's a very short listen, but seemed to be the appropriate length to develop the main character and the story. The narration is very good.
I have yet to find an audio book done by a Cast (instead of one or two alternating narrators) that I have liked. This audio book changes nothing... instead of different voices for characters, they substitute with bad over-acting. Give me a good narrator with some voice range any day!
While the story line is clever, it moves slow and the frequent song snipets were really annoying to me. Fortunately, the songs are very short. Maybe it would not have been so annoying with the written copy (but... I do remember skipping over most -- well okay, all -- of those songs/poems in the Lord of the Rings series... so maybe not). I also have to admit, I'm the sort of person that has trouble with all of the old movie musicals, so again, if you love them, maybe this book will work for you.
While I really enjoyed this book, I cannot agree with those that rate this book in the same league as the Twilight series. The narrator is okay, but I found myself dreading the narration when the main characters were emotional. To be fair, I think the narrator for Twilight (Ilyana Kadushin) was amazing, so it's always harder to enjoy the next book even when the narrator is good.
After reading the Twilight series and this book by Stephanie Meyer, I do see some patterns and hope that her next books will not depend so heavily on the love triangles, which seem to drag out a little too long.
I still highly recommend the book.
I forced myself to finish the book, hoping it would get better, but did not enjoy it.
I thought the terminology was not so much childish, but jibberish.
A previous review referred to HP books 1 to 3 being silly, but nowhere in HP does a star show up belching jets...
Very few books do I delete from my library... this is only the second one. Don't waste your credits.
I like the narrator very much. Solid story for the length. A bit preachy for my taste.
First, I have to completely agree with the other reviews about the narration. I dismissed those reviews because I often find that it takes some time to appreciate each narrator. However, this is the absolute worst narrator I have ever heard.
Second, I found the book lacked depth and I found myself not caring for the characters. If you want to listen to a good magic/fantasy book, try Eragon, Inkheart, Dragon Rider, or the Harry Potter series. All fabulous books, with very good narrators.
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