action, family, honor
Book 3 of The Stoneheart Trilogy, Silvertongue is absolutely my favorite and took me to knew levels of intrigue. In this book, Fletcher was able to bring together many loose ends that were left unanswered in the first 2 books. He masterfully wove all the details together, and kept the pace going. There was never a dull moment, and it was intriguing. My favorite part was the dragon that came alive and helped them out in unexpected ways. There were so many twists and turns, that the story was totally unpredictable and I was surprised at every turn. Book 3, made it worth the effort of sludging through book 1 and then 2. The author also did a much better job in this book, by keeping the point of view much cleaner. When a new point of view was introduced, the author started a new chapter for the most part. These clean breaks, made the book much more accessible and less confusing. It appears that Fletcher learned from the mistakes made in book 1. I would encourage all to read, this series as the ending is enjoyable. Family friendliness is 5 out of 5 for this entire series, this is definitely oriented towards kids and older youth as well.
Only in book 3 was I able to get used to his thick British accent. Also, he never pauses between when the author switches point of view. It makes it even more difficult to follow if your just listening.
I loved the intonation of the reader, making it so comfortable and drawing me into the book.
What I loved most about this book, is that it had me on the edge of my seat from the first chapter. It was a whirlwind of a book, as Gabi and Lia find themselves running from one adventure and into another. Gabi also went through a tremendous growth in her personality, and comes out on the other end for the better. In the mean time her mom has a few surprises for the girls, she's not all scientific but have stronger metal lying underneath. Marcello and Luka risk all to save the Gabi and Lia from an aweful fate, if I say anymore I'd give it all away. Let's say that with great sacrifice comes great love. The ending left me wanting for more, simply having to know what was going to happen. Definitely a great read, and I'd recommend it to anyone. It is clean and romantic, but nothing that tweens can't also enjoy, so family friendliness is a 5 in my book. You can feel comfortable reading this with your tween.
I liked the quick pase of the story. I am just such a sucker for tough girls that need to find their own way in life. It is a good read on the plane or over a weekend if you do not want to get stuck in a thick book.
The naration was excellent - the narrator got the Italian accents real well. I could just imagine Mama Conti when listening to her!
This narator uses only about 3 notes to tell the story, with each sentence ending on the highest of the 3. After the first 2 minutes I had to battle to stay awake, as the naration just kept droning on and on! She needs coaching to bring voice nuances into her reading.
The story ended abruptly. There was a hint at a solution, but not very clear, but perhaps I missed something?
No, not until she has had some coaching.
I finished the audiobook, last of the 4-part series, and would love to have learned what happened to the daughter. Unfortunately I started at book#2 (of 4), finished the series, and now#1 is spoiled. Do yourself a favor and start at #1 - it contains important background info for the rest of the series.
In a lot of ways Speaker of the dead felt more real than Ender's game, all though it played off on another planet. I think this is because this book deals much more with the emotional and human side of Ender, as opposed to battle scene after battle scene. I enjoyed the authors ability to create an entirely new species with its own unique culture and language. I though that was very ingenious.
The one that comes immediately to mind is the Dune series, because it also deals with alien species, religion and the human races will to survive.
I really enjoyed the different readers when the point of view character changed. This did not always occur, but only at critical moments, so that it was not annoying. I thought the author did a good job in weaving the story together from different POVs, not an easy thing to do in my opinion.
Several times it made me laugh, but not cry. But I think this is because Ender always
This book was very disappointing. The few highlights of technology were interesting, but the constant barrage of information dumping and telling made it a snooze. I got through the first 3 hours of this, and decided to stop wasting my time with the book. Perhaps it get's better later on, but the author lost me after the first 30 minutes. Definitely would not recommend this to any of my friends.
This was absolutely a marvelous book and I could hardly wait to finish it. It was ingenious and I enjoyed getting to know the characters into further depths. There were unique twists and intrigue. This is a definitive recommendation if you enjoy adventure fantasy. Although listed under the young adult section, it is really marvelous for any age.
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