This is one of the few audio books where the narrator not only lives up to the potiential of the book but also enhances it. The narrator gives the story more character and shades in the story to give it more depth. The various British terms (knackered meaning dead tired) (transport cafe is a truckstop) and the accent may give Americans a little trouble but otherwise I think everybody will enjoy the story.
The texture of the Jazz scene and the expressions of London life where enjoyable as well.
The first book was good but the second was better and I still waiting to listen to the third.
A good continuation of the series despite the formula of "loner kid finds magic and two friends" that became familiar with the Potter series.
While an adult would have no trouble enjoying this book it seems to be tailored to young adults and teens. It doesn't have that teen "flavoring" that many young adult books have.
Regardless of the form and the slow pace it is still a good series. If you liked the first book you will enjoy the second as well.
The first series of Valdemar came way before Harry Potter but they still had many things in common. Magic. Friendship and loyalty winning over the odds. Pain and lonliness endured because enduring was all you could do.
The baby with no name became named Magpie until it eventually shortened into just Mags. He was an orphan presumed to be the child of bandits. Dispite being a child and being good with all the jobs they gave him he was treated worst of the worst. Bad blood. Until he is rescued and taken into a life he literally, could not have imagined due to his complete ignorance of how the world should be run.
The narrator did an excellent job of creating distinct character voices although some have said it is hard to understand the Mags. Reading the actual book is much the same way but the voice and form of speaking is keeping with the character. I got a feel for the Mags accent and didn't have much trouble understanding him.
This series is a bit heavier than Hogwarts with sexual themes (very non graphic), as well as physical and emotional abuse. A little slow paced with action befitting the scenes (Curball Games).
Try the sample and see if it sucks you in. It did for me.
It was a well written and unique story with an interesting magic system I hoped they would explore further. I really wanted to see where the story went but...the multiple scene's with the abuse of women and girls made me not want to finish the story.
I kept of getting to these scene's and rewriting them in my head. The girl defends and rescues herself. Or... the leader of the demon killer army stops and looks about himself to see the senseless death he brings. Death that is completely unnecessary.
He brings suffering to innocents and thinks he is saving them while all through the book I keep stopping and thinking about how things should go.
While we all know that death, torture, and the violation of men women and children have happened and still happen. I cannot read of the senseless suffering and not feel the gut wrenching urge for myself or someone else to save them.
Others may not be hit as hard as I and have the ability to wait for the resolution of justice at the end of the story. If you are this person then I hope you will enjoy this book despite its ugliness.
Doctor Who always ranks high. Why? Because he's DOCTOR WHO! Seriously though the story was okay. The performance was excellent.
When he played The Doctor.
I got this one on the daily deal for 3.95 or some such. THAT is the price any audio book that is 2 hours or less deserves. Not 9.95. Not 7.95.
One hour deserves 3.95. Two hours deserves 5.95. Three deserves 7.95 AT MOST. Seriously Audible. You will sell a lot more copies. At those prices. I would buy them.
Okay rant done.
It ranks as dirty, gritty and realistic in all the bad ways. I got the impression that the author has acually met and talked to a few cops. I was entertained and liked it dispite its flaws.
Be warned: Some of the voices annoyed the hell out of me. I found myself thinking "gods I hope this character dies" just so I would NEVER. HEAR IT. AGAIN.
Make. It. Stop.
Once I got used to some of the voices and stopped wishing they would die via demonic piano falling on their heads or somthing, I started to enjoy the story. If you like cops fighting supernatural criminals in a world that knows they exist, you may like this book.
Yes. It was entertaining and a bit funny. Although the pace was slow, the premise a little less than original ("Sword Art Online" ".hack//SignSign") and the ending like a freight train coming tword you; It was still good.
Gryphon poop. Also the inate coolness of creating an entire game world like the one Rick (was that his name?) made.
Hope the author writes the next one. Then gets it published. Then publishes an audio version. Then audible.com gets it. And sells it really cheap. That's all.
This book is like a knockoff of "John Carter Of Mars" but it is a VERY GOOD knockoff. The main character feels real and her choices feel more real. Its also more edgey and modern than John Carter which may make it easier to read because of the generation gap. The next book is already out in print and I hope audible will have it soon.
I love the books that make me curse them for ending too soon and wishing for another right away. This...is one of those books.
Think victorian steampunk Sherlock with a cowboy shooter. The start drags a little but the action starts soon enough. The main charater has an interesting mix of powers which he uses to his full advantage and making a few epic fight scenes that wouldn't be out of place in a movie. The sidekick is entertaining and makes me laugh everytime he's present.
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