Fist of all, I am a huge Orson Scott Card fan, and have almost every book he has written. This is by far his worst effort.
The characters spent 90% of the book bickering with each other. While "teaming" together, the characters were constantly annoyed and upset with each other, whining, complaining, and disgruntled. This constant sniping and bickering was not necessary for the plot, and made for a miserable listening experience.
I'll buy into the idea that the way the characters felt was realistic, but not what I look for in fiction.
Grave disappointment. I kept waiting for the "friends" to stop snarling at each other, and to just move on with the story, but it was not to be.
I loved the first book, Pathfinder, and was so looking forward to the sequel. What a disappointment.
I had already read Books 3 - 10, which were generally better than The Bat. But, this is a good introduction to Harry Hole. Not great, but some of the later books are great, and this is an enjoyable read.
This is a book with relatively low tension, and a relatively simple plot, but it is fast, easy, and fun to listen to. The narrator does a great job with the voice of the dog, and I found myself laughing out loud listening to it. I've ordered the next three books in the series based on the entertainment value of this first in the series.
Reading about peasant life in the middle ages is not the sort of thing that sounds interesting to me - but the rich story, well developed and interesting characters, and great reading performance by John Lee makes "Pillars" a book for the ages.
Not sure if this is the last Joe O. book or not, but if soy, Michael Robotham sends Joe out with a bang. I've read the entire series, this was probably the best of them all.
This is a very fun book - informative, interesting, fact-based. It is not fiction, but it is tremendously entertaining and easy to read.
John Lee's narration is great, and I think if I had read this before reading "Pillars" I would give it a better review. But, it is basically using the same plot as "Pillars," and the same types of characters. And it is SOOOO predictable that all magic was lost.
Exciting plot, well developed characters. I've never used drugs, but the description of the drug addicts' relationships with their drugs seemed very realistic.
Difficult to put down. Tense and exciting. An a bit infuriating, as Harry Hole's approach to relationships with women is frustrating.
The premise is interesting, but for the first 2/3 of the book, you don't really care that much about the characters, and the plot is not interesting. Sure, there are characters you like (the prince, the queen, and the anti-heroine), but you don't care that deeply about them. And there aren't any villains that you care much about. Worst of all, the plot isn't interesting or captivating.
Basically, an interesting premise, with ok writing, but boring characters and a boring plot.
Now, the last four hours of the book are enjoyable. So if you don't mind plodding through 14 hours of boredom, to get to a good ending, than maybe this book is for you. If I had not been on a 22 hour drive when I started this book on my iPod, I would not have finished it.
I will not continue with the series.
Regarding the story: 1st half is slow, and a bit disappointing. 2nd half of the story picks up a lot, and is difficult to put down. Overall, happy with the story.
Regarding the narrator: Oh. My. Goodness. Maybe this is just a "miss" for Mr. Ken Kilban, this is the first book I've read that he narrated, but you could not overstate how poor a job he does when his characters are speaking. His narration when speaking as the voice of the author is fine; but his narration when speaking as the voice of the characters couldn't be worse. Characters speak with intensity when none is called for; they regularly sound like they are whining; and they are basically painful to listen to. Mr. Kilban destroys Mitch Rapp, who comes across as a very whiny, pathetic man. This is not the voice of a hero, it is the voice of a petulant 8th grader who you'd like to punch in the face.
The publishers might want to think about having a new narrator redo this audio book.
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