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.
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
This is a very gritty hardboiled book withnasty characters. The Protagonist is a real Bad Boy.
Listen to the preview first and if you like it you'll like the rest of the book.
The author just has a way of putting things that was a crackup.
I liked it so much I'm listening to it twice.
It was just kind of pointless.
Some sex, some drugs some action but there was no resounding moral or conclusion to the story.
It began well but than in the middle I said to myself "Wait a second what is the point"?
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