I used my credits to get the first two books in the series as I am a huge C.S. Lewis fan and wanted the books for my grand-children - I am very happy that I opted to vet the series before passing it along because I will definitely NOT be giving it to them nor recommending it to anyone. Sorry C.S...
C.S. Lewis uses an extra-terrestrial setting to drone on about Christianity... (and this seriously monotone narrator can drone like no other!) The story-line has it all... God, the devil,and everything in between in alien characters - Oh yeah... the Christ character is from earth... the silent planet - Sheesh...
The writing lacks all the great plot and character development of any decent sci-fi or fantasy. It is a total waste of time - C.S. Lewis should stay in Narnia where he truly shines!
Save your purchases folks!
Yes, for people who relish extremely, well-researched historical fiction.
I am already quite familiar with the history of this area so I thoroughly enjoyed the author's description of particular events, battles, social changes etc. and how the effect on a diverse group of people. However, what made this book memorable for me was author's depiction of the ice age, migration south and early settlement of the area: this was simply delicious!
I think her consistency was particularly notable. Given this was such a long book, I was impressed that her narration brought the same tone from beginning to end. I had no idea which of the six parts I was listening to at any given sitting - other than the timeline itself. Like many of the good narrators, she did not emote and allowed the events and the characters to tell the story.
There were many...
I have read extensively about this area and how the political and social powers in the UK and Europe changed over time and I anticipated more of this. I was certainly not prepared for how skillfully the author wove a tapestry of family relationships over such a long period of time and such dramatic changes to society. At the end, I was thrilled the author introduced a descendant from one of the group who left for the New World just after the American Revolution. To connect with name recognition to a distant relative was a tad contrived, but I was pleased that loose end was tied up. I also appreciated the contrasting view points of both these characters (and likely the author himself)... i.e. Salisbury being like a museum (stagnant) and the perception of fighting for the past vs. acknowledging and celebrating the fluidity of change. The irony of these view points was not lost on me and it certainly cuts both ways.
Again, the narrator takes away from good writing
Most: the story line becomes more complicated and the ending is great. Least: can't think of a least... This book progressed nicely from the first book and left you wanting to know the conclusion.
Still not entirely pleased.
Absolutely - this author has a good feel for building a story - I look forward to her writing of the climax and conclusion.
It seems the narrator lost some of her earlier emoting as she did in Delerium. However, she has a long ways to go before she has the ability to effectively describe suspense or emotions without seeming to be emotional herself... In my humble view, a good writer ad especially a good narrator unobtrusively leads the reader to discover emotions within themselves.
No. I had to force myself to listen to it because the narration was so grating. There were times I just had to turn it off or fast-forward past the suspense sequences.
Most: The disinformation about the dissenters, the crypt, isolation of the
Completely... it seemed she was acting the book rather than narrating it
Unfortunately, it has inspired me to abandon listening to the series - I may try to read the second book in hard-copy.
The narration ruined this book for me. I was very excited to be able to listen to a new dystopian series that had such good book reviews. It was a short-sighted decision to use a narrator that was so cliched and over-emotive. The narration was particularly grating when the story line became suspenseful. With such a good story-line, the suspense is created with the words themselves - not with the narrator speaking extremely quickly, voiced raised and breathless... It was just too much! I believe this series could have been as well received as the Hunger Games or Maximum Ride series. Sadly, I believe the narration of Delirium will prevent this from happening. I did purchase Pandemonium but I will not force myself to listen to it but will go to the library and read the hard copy. Too bad
This is a classic example of why authors should not attempt to read their own books in an audio genre when there are so many fabulous narrators who would make this book a great audiobook. There are precious few authors who can manage their own narration well and this is one that falls so short of the mark that it virtually destroys an otherwise good book. Her attempts to pronounce old Gaelic words in the midst of an American accent are an insult to both the Gaelic she uses and her own book.
This book of historical fiction is extremely well written with solid research into the time of the Jacobite rebellion and how this plays out in the City of Edinburgh and within a family of diverse characters. The historical side is solid, the character development is brilliant. Why oh why did this author ruin such a story with the wrong narrator? I can only recommend a paper copy of this book to my friends and family.
The story line is complex and character development fabulous. However, the naration is truly awful! I almost trashed listening to the book at all because the beginning narration was so emotive and overdone... However, I did attempt to overlook the narration because the tale was so good. Like the other reviewers, I am looking forward to the continuation of the saga but I sincerely hope the next book is read by a different narrator. I would have rated this book a 4.5 if it wasn't for the narration
Anyone who enjoys the Jasper Fford books will catch the "Word Magic" in this book. I always enjoyed the concept of literary characters jumping in and out of books... particularly when I am listening to one being read to me by someone like Lyn Redgrave. The irony is perfect. With respect to the story itself, it was such a great page turner, I took a vacation day to finish it! Redgrave's narration is elocution at its best and is as seamless as story.
Enjoy this one Folks - I certainly did!
This series was originally written for young adults (of all ages) but as an aging young person, I loved the characters, the mystery, the journey, and the suspense. Travel with these characters and you are assured of a fantastic trip with well-developed characters from both worlds. Since Harry Potter got young people reading again - this series is a gift to those who cry for something a bit "more"... in every way. Enjoy the trip...
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