Lake View Terrace, CA, United States | Member Since 2009
I know the print version has a short pov from Alex that the audiobook does not include. I disliked how Oliver ended this trilogy so much that I went and found the print to see if this short piece would offer anything more, so for the fact that the audiobook does not include an important bit of story, no, I do not consider the audio edition better.
I was so upset by how the book ended that I almost consider reading the entire series a waste. It was definitely disgruntling. And it's not just who Lena chose, or how, but the whole book as an ending to the story in general.
I believe that a writer should maintain a style of writing for a series of books. The first book of this series, Delirum, was unfolded in a first person straight narrative. Very enjoyable. The second book flipped between two time periods of the main character. Inconsequential and trick writing to suddenly introduce it, but fine... I'll except that. But the third book flipped between two characters! Yes, the window into Hana's life added a lot of information and progressed the plot, but I found it utterly annoying having to flip lives every chapter. The story has always been about Lena and her struggle with love!
This last book left me wanting. The characters were stagnant (I'd even say Lena had retrogressed), the plot was weak, and it was left unresolved. As much as the writer wanted to let the readers continue the story themselves after they read the last page, it made it so that the whole book became unnecessary. She started the trilogy as a captivating and refreshing love story and instead of keeping with that focus as she did in book one and two, book three took the background revolution and made it the primary focus with the love story taking a very significant back seat. So unhappy with this book.
Yes, and I have! Rothfuss' creativity is magnificent. The story has such richness and the characters are some of the best ever written. The interactions between characters seem almost flawless and the happenings of Kvothe's story never leave you bored, but they aren't so fantastical that you can't relate.
In all honestly, my favorite character is not always the main, but in case of Kvothe, none can surpass him. His struggles allow you to connect to his humanity, but his story let's you wonder at him in awe. He is quick witted and charming. He is confident and arrogant but not egotistical. You want to be his friend; you want to hear his story.
Nick's voicing is simply superb. I have both read and listened to this book, and I actually do prefer Nick's narration because of his acculmation of effort: he gives each geographical culture their own accent that I never would have thought of, let alone accomplished in such a satisfying degree, along with a great range of intonation for each character. It's magical.
Definitely! Difficult to do seeing as it would take an entire day with no sleep, but at home, in the car, at work, any time I could hit play I did.
The expansion of story is exciting. Moving away from the University into the rest of Rothfuss' Kingkiller world and finally getting more about the Chandrian and Amyr! Everything coming together even more, the plot moving along easily.
Kvothe remains my favorite character, not just from this series, but of all time. He is clever and kind and spontaneous and genuine! His character is so deep but realistic.
If I had to pick.... the scene on the rooftop of Mains when Elodin joins Kvothe and Auri for dinner is probably one of the best. The dynamics of every character written by Rothfuss are enthralling throughout his books, but I feel especially so in this bit.
The amount of creativity and world development is simply amazing. Every page has something to offer and it is so hard to put the book down or pause the audio. I enjoy the Kingkiller Chronicle so much, I continue to reread the books, which is something I rarely do.
I connect to a story through the main character, but since Cloud Atlas has six and six distinct story lines disunited by time, it was difficult to get through. What made it more difficult was that the stories were chopped; the format is intriguing, but when all you have is a voice as your reference, it's easier to get lost because you don't always have backstory for the particular character you are suddenly following. I did like the book. The ideas woven together by Mitchell are inspiring, the characters captivating, the societal issues fascinating, but I would have liked it better if I had read it myself rather than listened.
Hounded is one of my top ten fictional audiobooks. I hated when it ended, and I was ready to go get the rest of the books from the series that moment, even though the story had a very clean ending.
There are many moments that come back to me, but the most memorable would have to be when Atticus is in front of the Widow MacDonagh's house and his first encounter of significant trouble. It is the beginning of the rising action the sets the pace for the rest of the story.
Oberon, Atticus' trusty wolfhound, is, by far, the best character written and Luke brings him to life perfectly, but Luke pretty much is billiant all around.
This book had me laughing out loud, most of which was done on a plane. At one point my neighbor asked if I was alright because it looked like I was having seizures since I was trying to be quiet.
I would definitely recommend this book to any fantasy fiction lover that loves an old world twist on a modern tale.
After reading Wicked, I was excited for the continuation of Liir's story. Saddly it did not live up to its mother book.
The story was drab and drawn out with very little plot and character development. The author repeated ideas, questions, conversations and conflicts too many times that it became tedious. I had to make myself return multiple times after moving on to other books. Upon finally completing the book, only one question was clearly answered and it had already been understood.
Saddly, the hardest part to muddle through was the author's choice to narrate the book himself. Character voices were consistent but difficult to relate to. And his emotional investment and inflection was poor and hard to follow.
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