This is my first encounter with Ludlum. The story was exciting but the whole thing seemed to just go on and on. By the end of the novel, I thought I began to catch where each of the authors ended and the other started. There's a lot of description that struck me as being overblown.
The reading was well-done for the most part. The brit started to sound a lot like Cary Grant as it went along, though.
All in all I found the book OK but I'm not jumping into the rest of the series. I may try another Ludlum to see if this excess wordiness is unique to working with a co-author.
So it's not deathless prose and William Shakespeare isn't shaking in fear that he'll be overthrown as a great writer, but this is just plain FUN. Disengage the higher brain functions and go along for the ride.
I enjoyed every minute of this little jaunt and am looking forward to the rest of the series. This is a great idea and a great presentation of the material.
Not what one would call 'intellectually stimulating' but just plain fun. I'm really liking this series
"Sharpe's Eagle" was a fascinating book. The action scenes were read just right to keep the flow moving and the characterizations fit throughout the reading. I'm hooked. Off to get more of Sharpe and see what other problems he runs into as the war goes on.
By the way, the historical accuracy also helped make the book believable.
OK. I was really looking forward to this as a great example of escapist fiction, but that accent, and I use the word advisedly, gets in the way of everything. It attracts attention to itself and hides the action in the text. Long drawn out vowels at the worst possible time. I'm disappointed. I won't be getting the rest of the series - unless another version becomes available. Oh well! Such is the way things are in the audio world, I guess.
I first read this book many years ago while in High School (and no, I'm not going to tell how long ago that was). I really enjoyed it then and looked forward to hearing it now. This audio presentation with Harlan Ellison reading is most intriguing though his interpretation is very dramatic, sometimes a bit too dramatic. For the most part, I liked what he did with the story. It was a fun 'listen' and I recommend it.
If you're not familiar with the story, I'm not going to give you any spoilers. The story of Ged and his quest is one you should learn of on your own. Enjoy your visit to Earthsea.
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