Sometimes it is hard to follow an audiobook with a lot of different characters, but not this time. The interesting mixture of people springs to life, without the accents being overly done. The characters develop in unexpected directions, but maintain their integrity. It starts as a poor working girl falls in love with rich boy story, but it is actually a much more complex tale of human emotions. The different layers of plot keep you guessing to the very end. Well worth the read!
If you are a frequent reader of fantasy epics, they tend to share this flaw. The middle book doesn't really change the characters, except that everything goes wrong for the good guys, and the book ends with all the characters in dire straits. This book follows that same formula. I'm enjoying the series, and will read the next one, but it wasn't gripping, and there were no big surprises.
This one is near the top. Unlike many fantasy books, this one creates a believable, modern world mixture of magic and reality. How does having magical superpowers change your morals and responsibilities? Especially when you're a teenager, outcast from society and your family, who are you actually loyal to?
Danny North is so much fun as the teenager who wants to have a normal life, and date girls, while gating himself around the multiverse.
THe scene where he is shoplifting at Walmart is hilarious.
Sometimes I'm reluctant to start a series when the rest of the books aren't available yet, but this one stands on its own.
I would recommend buying it on sale, instead of using your credits on it. At only 51/2 hours, it's overpriced.
I loved the story and the characters. This first book sets up an interesting world, that intersects with our own and works on multiple levels.
Easy to distinguish the multiple characters. There are a lot of characters!
Yes, and if you drive long distances, you will run out of book before the end of the trip!
Love the series, hate the price.
This did not live up to Scalzi's other books. I love his blend of humor and science fiction, but the story does not flow smoothly. The dialogue (and there is a lot of dialogue) sounds like an endless string of he said, he said, he said. It gets quite annoying.
Don't bother with the codas at the end. It feels like the editor told him it needed to be longer, so he just kept adding on more words.
It felt like Wil Wheaton was rushing through the story. Maybe he couldn't wait to finish.
The author is a character in the book, and did nothing to improve the story.
The Star Trek references are hilarious, but it takes more than that to sustain the story.
Stephen King is amazing. How can he go back and insert this good a story into the Dark Tower series? It works, it adds to the series, but can also stand alone as a beautifully crafted story. He manages to add even more depth to Roland and Jamie, and fill in a few small holes along the way.
I enjoyed his performance, but sometimes you could tell he labored to make the voices different.
Roland's actions to comfort and protect the young victim in the story are very touching.
This story just didn't grab my interest. I love this genre, but I need some more plot and character development in the beginning to pique my interest. It felt like a novel being stretched into a trilogy.
no, this is still my favorite genre.
Finally, a fantasy series that doesn't take itself too seriously. The action will keep you turning the pages, with a smartass modern reference to Star Wars periodically to make you laugh out loud. Oberon the dog needs a nomination for best written dog character ever. I haven't looked at my own dog recently without imagining Oberon's excited voice and one track comments coming out of his mouth. Luke Daniels does an outstanding job with the different accents and characters. This series makes me want to plan long car trips so I'll have time to listen!
Calling it a murder mystery really does an injustice to this story. The story is so complex and multi-layered, you won't be able to stop listening. The multiple plot lines weave and intersect the past with the present. It's not a casual listen, as you must be constantly alert to which time line and plot you are following. The characters are so well-developed and real, you feel like they could pop into reality at any second. This is a very enjoyable listed, and the narrator's accents add to the ambiance of the story. I'm going to search out some more books by this author and narrator.
I was skeptical of this title at first, as it's not the usual fantasy stuff I like to read. The story is full of flawed but fascinating characters, from many different cultures and viewpoints. The narrator does an amazing job of keeping the accents unique to the characters. This might be one of those books that is better listened to then read, as the many characters really come to life and are easy to follow. There are a few gruesome parts, and I admit to hitting the ff button a few times. But they are central to the story, not gratuitous. The descriptions of life in the Bombay slums and prison are so realistic, you might find your skin crawling at times. I highly recommend this epic story.
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