As has been noted, the audio is really poor and distracting. It sounds quite similar to the old school Speak and Spell kids toy - very robotic with parts of words clipped. After about 12 hrs into the book I did not notice it as much, but there were many times I nearly stopped listening because it was so distracting.
The novel itself was fine. The author's use of prose is a bit distracting as well. The Scout always seems to transition into lengthy prose during very critical moments when time is of the essence - it just did not seem to fit well.
This book was one of the best closings I have ever read. It was fast-paced and intense nearly the entire time.
I love the fantasy genre. One critique I generally have is the author never knows how to handle its characters' super powers. For example, a character may know how to control people's minds, but doing so would end the conflict - so instead the author has the character cause a tree branch to rustle so the character can make an escape. Not so in this book. The characters are very resourceful and creative.
Also, in Brandon Mull's other books, his adolescent characters did not fit their age. In all aspects his characters should have been in their 20s, (size, strength, comprehension, etc). However, in this book his characters were perfect. The story was very creative and believable. I loved it.
I enjoy war novels and was excited to read this one because of the phenomenal reviews. However 4 hours later I had to shut it off - there is way too much sex and not enough story.
The opening scene revolves around a 13 year-old boy staring at his genitalia, disappointed it hadn't grown or didn't look like his friends genitalia. The author cannot introduce an attractive woman into the story without all the characters mentally undressing and sleeping with her before the plot can advance.
I get it, all men are pigs are all women secretly want men to be pigs - can we get back to the story now?!?!?!?!?
Obviously this was going to be a gruesome book - it is about vampires after all.
However, the single-mind, manic obsession Lincoln has with slaying vampires was over kill. The euphoric joy slicing up vampires brought Lincoln and the constant imaginings of Lincoln cutting off the head of each person he only suspected of being a vampire was too much.
Also, there was a lot of senseless carnage. Slicing up vampires is one thing. But vivid descriptions of the shredded remains of infants and small children after a vampire feeding finally convinced me to turn it off.
The narrator was very talented and his performance was remarkable.
The premise was very interesting and fresh. The main and supporting characters were likable and diverse. The narrator's different accents added a lot of color to the story.
Pacing: I felt like this book was much like the Wheel of Time series as far as pacing. The beginning is great and moves quickly. Then the next 20 hours move pretty slow then everything gets completely out of control for the last 2 hours.
It also became much more gruesome in the last 2 hours. There was one scene where someone got battle-axed in the face - just a bit out of place with the rest of the novel.
Regarding the performance. When I listened to it on the Audible app, the narrator sounded like movie trailer voice-over: slow and extremely dramatic. Listening to it through iTunes was better.
This is a very easy and interesting read. I listen to books on my commute and this series is perfect. The plot is fun and engaging and is not as complex as other fantasy works. There is an element of darkness in the series, but not too graphic or dark.
Good, clean fantasy adventure series. I highly recommend this series.
I really enjoy the classics in general - for some reason I had not yet gotten around to reading this one. I was very happy with the journey. It was great to see the birth of many of the myths and legends that pervade modern media.
The book is written through letters and journal entries which makes the story a bit choppy but I was able to get used to it after awhile.
I know this book is a classic, but the theme was completely lost on me. The story itself was ok. The dialogue reminded me too much of Matrix 2 and 3 - where all characters speak in absolutes.
Many listeners have written great reviews about the author and this story. However much of the moving experience this book creates is due to the magnificent performance of Tom Stechschulte. Mr. Stechschulte has quickly become a favorite narrator of mine. His performance kept me questioning whether he was the author too. He is completely in tune with the characters and brings so much life to their saga.
The book was really good - but the performance was phenomenal.
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