Reading a novel like this I feel I should be kissing Jordan?s feet. How anyone can create such an immense intricate world filled with such deep, diverse characters is just mind blowing. I?ve listened to the first two books in this series and can?t wait for audible to come out with the rest. I was happy to find that this second book started right where the first left off with all the same characters to whom I had grown attached in the first book. Listen to The Eye of the World first.
After the incredible experience and the shattering end of the first book, Jordan expands on this world, having introduced many parts of the world in the first book which play a bigger part in this story. It makes the reader feel they have an intimate connection to the world as the stories that were introduced in the first book are explored in further detail here. New villains and old ones, betrayal and treachery, make you fear for the characters you feel close to.
Be forewarned that if you hate mental narratives, this book is probably not for you. You will spend long periods of time in minds of different characters, each giving you unique perspectives on the world and other characters. Like the first book, this book has some of the most thrilling action sequences I?ve encountered in my reading. In fact, there is a bit more action than in the first, though Jordan doesn?t neglect to continue developing the characters and world.
The readers are superb! There are two readers, a man for scenes where you?re following a male character and a woman for when you?re following a female. They capture perfectly the emotion of each character and scene. I?m relatively new to audio books, and these reader make a great case for how listening to a story is so far superior to reading one. Their voices paint the world with a clarity not possible when reading (written word is so primitive, huh?).
Great books! Can?t recommend highly enough.
4.5 stars. I had a ton of fun listening to this book! It?s basis in historic medieval Japan sets a strong foundation for an intricate fantasy world in which warlords battle for dominance. Characters are diverse, bound by honor or willing to do whatever it takes, many use deceit and cunning, others brute force and terror tactics. An ancient mysterious clan of people called the Tribe, masters of subterfuge, uses their meta-human powers to shift the balance of power among the warlords. The charisma, vileness and personalities of the characters shine through and hone the sharpness of their excitement and pleasure, their pain and loss. Gripping, Enthralling and Tragic!
The story is told from the perspective of each of the two main characters, Takeo and Kaede. This makes for a very intimate experience with each of these people, knowing their every thought, sensation and feeling. I loved following Takeo through his self realization of his buried talents and the unfolding of the huge role he would play in the world after growing up in such a sheltered small town. The end of the story left me feeling unfulfilled and wanting more. Fortunately, this is the first book in a trilogy.
I liked the fact that this book used two readers, one for each of the characters whom the story follows (male for the voice of Takeo, female for the voice of Kaede). My only objection would be that I didn?t particularly enjoy the female reader. She reads slowly, to the point where she is annoying and her intonations do not fully capture the passion and suspense of the moments. The male reader is very good.
I read this book 18 years ago as a child soon after first reading Tolkiens works, and enjoyed it more than those books (sacrilege I know, but this is a great, and very fun fantasy world). I was rather apprehensive about listening to this book again after reading some of the reviews here, fearing that I would be greatly disappointed and destroy the fond memories I had of it. The 18 years and hundreds of fantasy stories I?ve read since allowed me to experience it as new and I had a great time with it.
Of course it is true that there are similarities to LOTR, but to call this robbery or that it ruins the story would be a big stretch and only be denying yourself a enjoyable experience. Like many fantasies, this is the story of young men coming of age in a perilous world facing an impending doom and only through them overcoming their fears and facing the darkness may the world be delivered into the light once again. This is a classic theme dating back to the Greek epics and loved by fantasy addicts everywhere. For the best of the genre, try Jordan, but Brooks creates a world I enjoyed spending my time in.
Brooks is a creative and vivid writer, drawing you into a vast world filled with wondrous places, a deep shadowed history and terrible evil. Although he does not get into the minds of the characters as much as I personally like, the characters develop strong personalities as the story unfolds and I found myself laughing and fearing with them. His style of story telling works well for creating a fast paced, highly entertaining book. I believe his writing got better in future books, though stylistically it remained consistent.
The reader is good, though there are some things that I found annoying. The characters were not distinct or expressive enough, some of the accents he uses seem out of place, and suspense was not well conveyed.
Audible needs to get the rest of this series unabridged. It only gets better.
3.5 stars. I listened to these Earthsea books primarily because of the upcoming SciFi Channel miniseries. I wanted the further background to world and characters when watching the show. Come December we shall find out if it was worth while.
I tend to go for the fantasy epic genre myself, so I found this book a little empty. The main character, Sparrowhawk, is a great character, but I would I have liked to know him better. Life-changing events come and go and the years flash by. The tantalizing introductions to the diverse cultures of the world left me unsatisfied though interested. I guess this is what got me listening to the other books as well.
The reader has received a lot of criticism here. I thought he was certainly over enthusiastic, but overall I would say his dramatic reading of the book made for a really fun experience. I?m sure this would be great for children (I?m just a big kid myself).
I listened to these Earthsea books primarily because of the upcoming SciFi Channel miniseries. I wanted the further background to world and characters when watching the show. Come December we shall find out if it was worth while. I tend to go for the fantasy epic genre myself, so I found these books a little empty.
This book started off terribly; boring and dispassionate. I was disappointed that Sparrowhawk was no where to be seen, though I knew he would come in at some point. This book didn?t captivate me the way the first one did. Sparrowhawk had a life which provided a great foundation for an adventure story. The first half of this story lacked any real sense of adventure, and no truly endearing characters, but managed to redeem itself somewhat when the character of Sparrowhawk is introduced and the heroine, Arha begins to question the life she is living and the roles she serves.
I have never had so much trouble with a reader as I did with this book. At times she reads at an agonizingly slow pace, and the tone of her voice is dull and droning, which really didn?t help with the rather boring first half of the book. This reader almost made me give the book a 2 star rating, but I felt that would do the book injustice.
Reading a novel like this I feel I should be kissing Jordan's feet. How anyone can create such an immense intricate world filled with such deep, diverse characters is just mind blowing. I've listened to the first two of these books and can't wait for audible to come out with the rest of the series. One thing I was particularly happy to find after reading the first book was that the second started right where the first left off with all the same characters to whom I had grown attached in the first book.
In this first book in the series, Jordan begins with a common fantasy theme with childhood friends being drawn out of their small quaint world and becoming an intricate part in the impending doom of the world. Much more so than most books, I found myself deeply involved in the story, engaged with the deep characters and rich world. The struggles that face each of the character and the crises each must come to terms with kept me listening late into the night.
Be forewarned that if you hate mental narratives, this book is probably not for you. You will spend long periods of time in minds of different characters, each giving you unique perspectives on the world and other characters. This is not to say that this book is not filled with great action, only that there are periods between where Jordan builds your bond to the characters and understanding of the world they are in. This book has some of the most thrilling action sequences I've encountered in my reading.
The readers are superb! There are two readers, a man for scenes where you're following a male character and a woman for when you're following a female. They capture perfectly the emotion of each character and scene. I'm relatively new to audio books, and these reader make a great case for how listening to a story is so far superior to reading one. Their voices paint the world with a clarity not possible when reading (written word is so primitive, huh?).
Great books! Can't recommend highly enough.
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