At first I was a little apprehensive that the series was going to be simplistic and juvenille, but how wrong I was. Eye of the Oracle was very well written with good character development and an absolutely vast scope. The reader has a rich voice which really added a lot of feeling to the book. My only issue is that the ending was extremely compressed which felt forced (I think it is actually expanded on in the rest of the series). Overall a very worthwhile read, I can't wait for the rest of the series.
I enjoyed the audiobook, but I wouldn't listen to it again. The story was pretty good, and I usually really like Lawhead, but it really didn't pull me in. It seemed a little predictable, like I had heard some of it before. This will be the first time in a Lawhead series that I don't intend to continue reading the rest of the series.
The pace was just right not too fast or slow, I didn't feel bored while I listened.
The narrator did a good job, although some of his characters sounded similar, and when he read the part of the necromancer he did go a little over the top sometimes.
For better or worse their were no real extremes, just middle of the road.
I'm not sorry that I took the time to listen and maybe the rest of the books in the series will be better, but I will need someone to highly recommend them before I am willing to risk my credits.
Even after this many installments the books still seem fresh and engaging. The story and the characters are progressing at a good rate. Campbell does a good job at not being too repetitive, which is amazing when you think about how much time they spend on the same ship.
Rummel is spot on, he gives each character their own voice, inflection and timing. It is very easy to get immersed in his narration.
There is definitely some humor in the book, mostly based on who the characters are and how their interactions play out.
The author did a great job in bringing the series to a very satisfactory conclusion. There were plenty of surprises and yet they felt natural and not forced.
The way all the characters remained true to who they were, they felt very real and three dimensional.
The reader was phenomenal, he really added something that made the story come alive.
Not to give anything away but I loved the choices that the Rachel, Jason and especially Ferrin are faced with as the series closes. Their decisions and the subsequent consequences really draw the reader in and make you care about them.
I felt the narrator did a good job and definitely added something to the story.
I don't want to give any spoilers, but it was fun to watch Stark find out who he really was.
1st time I heard him. He did a good job, although sometimes his female voices sound a little funny. To his credit, there are very few narrators that can read opposite gender voices without it sounding at least a little off.
It was a pretty good "page turner".
Stark's war was an interesting read from Jack Campbell. Having listened to the Lost Fleet series it was hard not to compare this book with that series. Jack Campbell's writing and story telling have improved since this early attempt, but this is still worth the credit, I plan on listening to the rest of the series, and hope it will continue to just get better. Lastly, I appreciated that the book was still pretty family friendly, there is only minimal foul language and the violence wasn't too gratuitous. Thanks Jack & Audible!
I was pleasantly surprised at how engaging the story & characters were and how well the book was written. The author's emphasis on the value of morals, honor, mercy and the value of human life during war and even in the face of a cruel enemy was simple yet profound. It seemed very timely with so much of what is going on in the world today and in the military. Although the book deals with serious and mature material the book lacked any major profanity which allowed me to enjoy it with my kids in the back seat. I look forward to the next book.
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