I have read all of the James Rollins books available at Audible and through the library. This one, regrettably, is a real snoozer. I have tried for months to get through the first half and just can't get interested. I will plug on, only because I have enjoyed his previous books, but don't waste your money if you are reading this review.
Yes. I read the book years ago and count it as one of my favorites. Francine Rivers touches on some tragic topics and reveals so many elements of the human condition. It's a story with so much depth that you will remember it long after its end. I know the characters have been well-developed when they make me want to scream at them or cry over their sorrows. Rivers has accomplished that without doubt.
No, because when I find a really compelling book, I like to savor it. But, it was that good that I did listen to it hours at a time.
The narrators do a great job. I've listened to the team before. The man's voice is so low that it grates on the nerves at times, but they're very good.
Introduce fewer characters at a time, in order to develop their characters well. He switches from one character/situation to another, continuing to add new names. I just don't care about them yet, and it's very, very confusing. I've listened to about 10 hours and can't remember who many of them are, especially if I leave the story for a few days. I'll try to slug away at it, because I've read other books from Sanderson, but it will require rewinding a few times.
Yes, I've listened to Jim Butcher's series that they narrate.
Doubtful. I'll have to see if I can get through the rest of it first.
It came with high customer recommendations, so I tried it. I'm really not satisfied at this time, even though I know it must improve eventually.
I enjoyed this story overall because it had action, psychological and ethical dilemmas, and pretty good character development. I didn't love the narrator. She sounded like she was sleepy sometimes, but she wasn't bad or annoying. The ending threw me. I'm not sure if it was meant to have a sequel or if it just ended abruptly.
Having listened to the previous 4 in the series, I am determined to slug my way through this one, but it's so boring so far. I've listened to a fourth of the story. What's up? Jim Butcher is usually an easy read, but this one is so bogged down with war stratagems and other minutia that I don't know if I can make it through the series. I'm very disappointed. Book 3 picked up, but it also started slowly. This one is really slow though.
Regardless of whether a book is a stand alone or a sequel, it still needs some action. So far, there is nothing happening but lots and lots and lots of talking about nothing.
She's very good consistently. I only have trouble with her when she yells like a man. It's kind of disturbing.
If the story isn't finished, then yes. I haven't finished it so don't know how it ends. I dislike not finishing a series but won't get the next one if this one continues to go so slowly.
I couldn't stand the narrator, and it was so distracting that any interest in the book vanished. Read it instead of listening to it, and save yourself the irritation.
The storyline could have been redeemed, but the author created one of those women who never ask the right question or give the right information when it's needed. There were also lots of missing bits in the story, so sometimes I wasn't sure what had happened. It's sappy and too sweet, although there were some interesting parts in it. Too bad.
I love Davina Porter's narration so finished the first book and thought it was pretty good. Having just completed book 2, I enjoyed it even more since I'm already involved with the characters. This version of the Arthurian legend introduces some novel ideas about Guinevere and Lancelot, and even Morgane herself. I enjoyed it very much and will continue the series.
I read these books year ago and thought they were great. Listening to them, I found the narrator to add little to the story, even frequently distracting me, with little variation in her voice characterizations. The story is unique and worth listening to, but I didn't find it as gripping as the book and can't recommend the narrator. I'm glad to have refreshed my memory about the story line but won't listen to it again.
I actually liked the premise of this book, and found it to have a sweet quality. However, it's always disturbing to be surprised by crass vocabulary when the rest of the story doesn't contain any. This element was so out of sync with the other parts that it left me with bad taste. It's unfortunate too, because I actually liked the Spaceman character a lot and the ending was predictable but had a twist.
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