This series is just plain fun. The characters are witty and exemplify good morals. The plot is fun and moves along a a good clip. It's full of little inside jokes and references to classic stories.
The narration is really very good, but some of the voices seemed a little off or forced to me, especially the dragons.
Dotrice is spot on narrating these novels. Just enough variation between characters so you can keep things straight, but he doesn't over do it.
And the story is wonderful; endearing characters, evil characters, bumbling fools and manipulative geniuses. R.R. Martin keeps you on your toes right on through to the end; I just hope he doesn't keep us all waiting too long for the rest of the story!
Some people dismiss fantasy as escapism, as not being serious. Well, folks, this story is serious. Your emotions will be dragged up and down, you'll think about human nature and what's really important in the world.
Boehmer's rendition is top notch. Each character is unique. His delivery ranges from forceful to subtle and more than once I found myself pausing and rewinding just to marvel in a narrative moment he created.
I am very excited to dive into book three of this trilogy!
I love epic fantasy series. You can get so involved in the story and the characters for so long; the best form of entertainment I can think of/ the best way to pass time. The problem is, a lot of them are not really well written. I couldn't get through more than the first two books of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Everything seemed so cliche and predictable, the characters were fun but seemed naive.
This is the first I have read from Hobb's series, but I am certain it will be far better. At times the suspense had me at the edge of my seat. The characters and their trials seem real. The narration is excellent.
Sally Darling does an excellent job reading this little series. I prefer single-voice performances and hers captures the characters and emotions just how I imagine them. I read these books in middle-school and this audio edition captures perfectly the feeling of getting cozy for a bed-time story read by my mom.
The story is great too. I've never read other work by McCaffrey, but these are some of my favorite young-adult fantasy books out there. The characters are real and you really care about them as they heroically face all the troubles the world throws their way. On top of that; the stories have enough suspense, political intrigue, interesting peripheral characters, etc. to keep listeners of any age interested.
I grew up watching Doctor Who late at night on PBS. I've always loved the mix of adventure, suspense, and nerdy problem solving, mixed in with plenty of quirky characters and laughable alien costumes. The only thing you really lose here is the costumes. However, because it is so short, I think the TV episodes actually develop the characters (even the disposable ones) better than this story (perhaps if I read more of them?).
Narrated by my all-time favorite Doctor, this book is an excellent surrogate for, or companion to, actually watching old episodes. Baker's mischievous smile comes through in this, even when he's the one describing it.
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