I started reading a chapter in the bookstore and was immediately engrossed. But before buying I checked Audible and found that it was a choice.
I'm 3/4 through this story. Normally I only listen to the books when driving. This one I'm listening to as I work on the computer and do many normal tasks.
Just can't put it down.
The story has many elements.
1.Thought provoking. The premise of big brother monitoring us and taking away our freedoms. It is close enough to reality that one can "suspend belief" as she/he listens.
2. The Narrator is perfect for the book instead of trying to change the voice to emulate a woman or different characters. For the most part he keeps his same pace and voice with some minor inflections. I liked this it was more like reading the book than listening to a play.
3.A great take on spirituality and mysticism. Nothing new just extracts from major religions.
5.Finally there is lots of action and a intricate plot.
I haven't written a review this positive since I listened to the story of Pi. This is a book I feel like saying to every friend I meet, have you read the traveler. Awsome you have to pick it up.
Engaging, Engaging, Engaging
I don't want to make any spoilers, this book has a ton of memorable moments.
I really emphasized with the characters and the situations they were put into.
Aleron is my favorite. At the very beginning I was put off by the different Character Story lines. Then they were all brought together and it just gelled. The book starts a little slow but just keeps getting better and better.
Also the 2nd book is out and amazingly enough it is just as good as the first. So many times an authors 2nd book just isn't as good. But David Hair knows how to keep it going.
My pet peeve is Game of Thrones Series. 3 good books and then the guy decided to keep the series going forever and write 1000s of pages and nothing happens!
A complex story like this just won't make it to the theaters.
Great Narration, Great Story. Takes a little while to get into it but then you'll be hooked.!
This is less simple then many of the Epic Fantasy Series and I enjoyed the change.
Engaging, Inventive, Action Packed
It was very fast moving and in stages introduced a world of magic No Spoilers but so many books the character goes from Zero to Hero overnight. In this book he has to work for it.
I felt he was very good at expressing emotions. He did a great job of engaging me.
Excellent differentiation of Voices. He's not one of those deadpan monotone type readers
Yes I had a extreme reaction. I went to Kindle Unlimited and read the next 4. I was really upset that only the first book was out on Audible. I was like no I don't want to wait to read the next book.
Later I found that the rest of the series is in print..
This is light Epic Fiction, Elements of Humor. The good guys are good and the Bad Guys are really ugly. It throws loops along the way and isn't 100% predictable.
Excellent Book, Excellent Narration this is a winner all the way.
Hope you enjoy.
I'm an avid Fantasy Reader and I consider this to be a top notch series.
If you listen to one AudioBook this year, this is it. The story, the narration, the plot and the characters are so excellent.
The intricacies of the plot and the machinations.
John Lee is a perfect narrator, he just draws me into the story. I'm only at the beginning but every character is flawless.
This is James Clavells finest book. With an excellent narrator at the helm, you are in for one of the best books of your life.
I'm a historical history buff and I enjoy taking my history with a spoonful of sugar.
I love the fast moving story line and Flashman, he just tickles me.
Flashy of course. Sometimes you get tired of the traditional hero and are in the mood for a Cowardly Rogue.
Narrator was perfect, he just seemed to catch the irony of Flashman in his intonations. I'm American but I found his English Accent understandable and just downright enjoyable
Try the first book.
Yes, eventually I'll listen to the whole series again. It's simply so good. So much action, great story, characters and since it's historical fiction you learn many things too.
It's been months since I listened and I still remember the ambush.
I'd take Ballista out get roaring drunk act obnoxious and let him kick the xxx out of anyone who gave us lip
Narrator is strong. Listen to a segment first. Either you'll really like it or hate it.
I just bought the 4th book because I don't have the patience to wait for it to come out on Audible.
The Author has decided to cash in on his success and keep the story so slow moving that he'll be putting out books in the year 3010. I slid him a break on his last book but this one is even slower.
My next listen will be from an Author who has a story that moves.
I thought the performance was fine.
Yes I can imagine the Author banking his millions and wish I was him
I loved the first books, but this guy has become worse than Stephen King. He needs an editor. And he needs to get the story moving again.
This is the last Martin book I'll ever read.
You never know exactly what is going to happen. Lot's of surprises. The characters are really engrossing. Not so much the developement of Haralds character but his interaction with the other charactersThere is a certain sarcasm and humor about how Harald sees the world. The book is kind of gritty, Harald is out for Harald and not to save the world and that's one of the facets of the book that I like.
I really got a kick out of the Kings Jester.
While I'm not into British Accents, his accent was not so extreme that it was hard to understand. He really acted out the parts well and his voices were very good.I would suggest that you listen to an Excerpt if you are adverse to UK English.
I was really entertained. I couldn't wait to pick it back up again after dropping it. And certain parts were so amusing that I reversed and played them again.
While I never heard of this Author, and you probably haven't either, don't let that dissuade you from buying this book. It ranks among the best fantasy books I've read.. So If you are into stereotypical idealistic hero type, save the world, save the maiden, smite evil, novel stay away. Harald is a rogue trying to survive and get rich. In that order.
The Author cracks me up. This is light listening and it's just plain funny. The story is great with lots of twists and turns.
The Narrator was just perfect for the Book.
Two Thumbs up from Tomzgreat
This book kept me on the edge of my seat. It's not your gooey romance style Vamp book. Instead it's gritty,grisly and action packed.
His other books are very good. This one is the best yet. Historical Fiction at it's finest. Excellent Plot, Narration, Character Development.
I really enjoyed this Audio Book
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