There were some very interesting elements and explorations of life with Elves, but that's about it.
At times it was very preachy on ideals but the worst was to have the Deus Ex Machina be trumped by something even greater. Ever heard of escalation? It's where you have to have more weapons/power than the bad guys, and when they get more you need even more again. The ending was cheap in that our protagonist was given these night godly powers by the Dragon spirits themselves, only to be trounced by someone else who had not been "touched by dragons"..
Very disappointed and very suspicious that I'll ever come back and finish this series.
Gerrards' performance was spectacular and definitely worth the price of admission if the book itself was not.
I don't feel that it was worth it. Even though I praised the first book Eragon, this book is very much a poorer cousin.
Thanks for my brief stay in Alagaesia Christopher, but I don't think I'll be coming back any time soon.
Kind of like when you have a great holiday somewhere and then go back later and see it's been ruined by developement/tourism/pollution etc etc.
Monte Cristo is one of my all time favourite books and is an annual read for me. The tragedy, revenge and love of the tale all bound in that wonderful language from yesteryear.
The lengths Dantes goes to to bring justice/revenge to his enemies is exquisite.
Mr Homewood's wonderful voice and excellent pronunciation of all of the French names, terms and words lend wonderful vibrance to this epic tale, especially when there are other audiobooks out there that don't even make the attempt. The words spill from his lips as if he spoke the language himself and absolutely set the mood that this is a story that takes place in France.
This book is far too large to put into a single 2 hour movie, though Hollywood has tried several times. Instead, search out the wonderful Tele-Movies with Gerard Depardieu from 1998 "Le comte de Monte Cristo".
Adventure, Love, Betrayal, Lies, Truths and Drama in their most Epic! The tale of Edmond Dantes is a true classic masterpiece and this audiobook should be required reading/listening for any fan of the genre or indeed, anyone wanting an epic story with an amazing narrator.
Bravo Mssr Homewood. Bravo!
The production values on these Star Wars audiobooks greatly enhance the books and these are in many ways radio dramas rather than audiobooks. The music, the sound effects, everything comes together in a fantastic audio presentation.
As far as production is concerned, any other Star Wars audiobook, as for content, Oceans 11.
I gotta pick one? Marc is so incredibly good and gives nuanced performances for each character. I gotta say though, the first time I heard Lando speak all I could hear was, "It's just me, Billy Dee." So cool
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Just hurry up and buy it!
Marc Vietor does such a great job with all of the different characters and emotions needed in this.
I am determined to get through this entire series, I'm really enjoying it.
There's a great part in the middle of the book that really establishes how human these characters are.
Swashbuckling Romantic Intrigue.
You do fall in love with Lady Katerine as she struggles (initially) with her position and them looses herself in her new found freedoms.
As others have said, do NOT buy this based on the famous people doing some voice work, good though it may be that ONLY accounts for about 5-10% of the overall production. The rest of the work is EXTREMELY well done. Just don't buy this thinking you're going to be hearing a lot of Felicia Day and you're golden.
Ready Player One is my ALL TIME favourite read. After reading this I ordered 4 copies of the hard cover book to give to my friends and I have NEVER done that before. Each friend in turn sent me txt's "ZOMG This book is amazing!"
This books takes you to all of those things that were cool when we were growing up and gives you the fantasy you dreamed about as a kid.
I'm just going to park my hover-De Lorean right next to this X-Wing!
They were all fantastic, I can't choose one.
Definitely to some introspection early in the third act and the finale was fantastic
If you read science-fiction, if you watch science fiction, if you grew up in the 80's and played Pacman at the local arcade, YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!
Funny, Meta, Trek
As I've mentioned in other reviews, I LOVE Wil Wheatons narration and will buy books simply because he is reading them.
Towards the end of the book when our heroes come up with a plan so everyone can live happily ever after.
The contrast between the two stories is utterly amazing. John did an amazing job rewriting Little Fuzzy and I was thrilled listening to it and trying to work out what everyones angle was.
Wil Wheaton is an incredible reader and I'll happily buy something on his narration alone.
There was one part but it's been a while since I listened to it.
Both books are fantastic sci-fi, but in this instance, I think Scalzi's reworking makes it better than the original.
Didn't read the print version but really enjoyed this. Quite an interesting world she's laid out here.
The revelation of how Jane and Beast were joined. WOW!
You know, at first I was really, REALLY unsure about Khristine's performance, but I went with it and before I knew it she had me mesmerised. Her voice is perfect for this story, she really does purrrr.
I certainly could have. But good things are best enjoyed slowly ;)
If you enjoy watching True Blood, you'll LOVE this series.
Sci-Fi Military Action
Just a fantastic military sci-fi romp. It's got great characters, setting and pace.
The way he brought certain characters to life was great.
Moved me, no. Excite me, HELL YES! The final assault was fantastic
Can't wait to read the rest of this series.
I just don't know. Perhaps it's expectation vs reality. I so thoroghly enjoyed the authors other works, I thought I'd like this too.
I really enjoy Scalzi's latest stuff but this was baffling.
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