The saga of Royce and Hedrian continues. The second in this series is actually more balanced than the first (Crown tower), not quite as dark, and provides the context for the loss of the Queen. The narration adds great depth to this story. What a pleasure. If you are looking for an epic with complex characters and intriguing plot twists, give this series a try. Don't start with this story, start at the beginning. You won't regret it. My highest recommendation for all ages. A wonderful story about two odd characters that are thrown together and become inseparable.
The story leaves off right where the previous book ended. Our hero returns to earth with his bodyguards, the dowager, and the young heir to turmoil and revolt in the Atevi government. Plenty of intrigue and suspense. I continue to enjoy the story, which not only is well narrated, it is extremely well written. The characters are reasonably complex and continue to evolve over time. Seeing the young heir apparent mature well beyond his years but still showing his tender age is especially well done. The humorous moments are quite entertaining, especially those surrounding the "young master" or the heir. As I've said in earlier books in this series, it keeps getting better.
Not one of my favorites though an interesting story about a parent/son relationship and how judgement can be clouded, even when presented with overwhelming evidence. The ending was a bit unsettling for me.
An absolute gem. I loved the story and was excited about continuing with the Hornblower series only to discover that not all have been narrated. Ouch. However, this should not diminish the wonderful story of young Midshipman Hornblower as he is introduced to His Majesty's Naval Service. He transitions from a young and fumbling 17 year old midshipman to a very capable and seasoned naval officer in a very short time.
The story transitions from one major event to another to include his capture by the Spaniards and incarcerated for several years. Young Hornblower exhibits compassion, the highest ethical standards, bravery, intelligence, and maturity well beyond his years. It is a wonderful story that is appropriate for all ages. Most highly recommended.
Told in the first person by Cicero's slave, Robert Harris provides the same talent for using a historical backdrop for a story of intrigue, honor, depravity, and all that made up the Roman Empire around 60 BC as he did for another of his works, Pompeii. Well narrated by Simon Jones, the story covers the early political years of Cicero, his successes and his setbacks, and the drive and willingness to take gambles in order to succeed. The story takes us up to when Cicero was elected Consul in 63 BC, some 20 years before he was ultimately killed. The story depicts an era of unrest and political compromise.
If you are interested in historical fictions, especially those that include the Roman Empire, you will enjoy this production of Imperium. Robert Harris depicts the constant struggles that Cicero experiences during his public life and his brilliance as an orator and politician in a way that captures the imagination and is extremely well done.
I enjoyed Imperium very much and will explore other works by Harris. Pompeii is even better, also by Harris.
Highly recommended (Pompeii too).
The Caine Mutiny is a fascinating story with world war II as a backdrop. A complex story about the stress of command during wartime and dealing with moral and ethical situations that are not easily resolvable. I still imagine Humphrey Bogart as Capt Queeg, rolling the steel balls between his fingers in the movie, which is quite good by the way.
The love story between our protagonist, Willie Keith, and his beau May Wynn, is not as interesting or as compelling as the story on board the ship. As a former Navy man, I got tired of hearing about the forecastle instead of the fo'c'sle. Minor point, I suppose. Watching young Willie grow into a competent officer and good leader adds greatly to the story. Language is a bit rough, perhaps not for young ones.
Overall, fascinating story and concept but occasionally a bit of a stretch in the credibility category. However, the relationship between the dragon, Temeraire, and the main character, was endearing. It is a good clean story. I like a good fantasy or science fiction as much as the next, but the apparent load capacity of these dragons including armor and personnel doesn't quite work but this is a very much a minor point. The narration is very well done and adds tremendously to the quality of the story. Simon Vance is fantastic as always.
The alternative history dealing with the French and British battles during Napoleon's reign is interesting and provides an interesting back drop for the dragons, which are the equivalent of the army air corp during WW I.
I enjoyed the story very much but am unsure I will work through the entire series. I do recommend the book, if not the series. All the dragons have unique personalities which makes them more, well, human.
I've listened to the first 6 books in this series and now feel I can provide a better perspective of this first book. First, if you are considering jumping into this series, you will not be disappointed if you do. Each book lays the foundation for the next, but all stand on their own merit. No cliffhangers, all wrap up nicely but clearly connect with the next.
I was quite confused initially with this story as it begins with a spaceship lost in space (literally). Eventually the humans that are left behind find their way down to the planet and finally meet the indigenous species, the Atevi. The time jumps are a bit confusing as well. Next thing you know after the initial chance meeting between Atevi and human we jump ahead about 200 years. Still, all backdrop for the more important elements of the story. If you are thinking about it, I don't think you will be disappointed. Buckle up though. It is a long ride through the entire series.
I've waited until the 6th book in Cherryh's series before writing a review. I've enjoyed the two sequences, especially this conclusion to the second series, very much. I look forward to continuing with the 3rd sequence soon. Bren Cameron continues to be the main focus in the story and must rely on everything that he has learned and has become to save the day. The introduction of the young Atevi ruler in waiting is also especially well done. The story is much more action packed and intense than the other two in this sequence, not that they were bad, just that this one is so much better. May does such a good narrating this series that I clearly identify his voice characterizations with each character, all clearly distinctive.
Plenty of intrigue, further exploration of the different cultures, and the building relationship between the humans and the Atevi's. This series builds slowly, which may not be for everyone. I, for one, enjoy the pace very much. I highly recommend this series very much.
Definitely not a children's story. Pretty violent, certainly not gratuitous, but violent nonetheless. The story or Tarzan's survival, being raised by apes, and his intellect and self educating was well told.
I remember enjoying John Wayne's performance of Rooster Cogburn and then the remake several years ago but this production leaves much to be desired. As much as I enjoyed the story, I just could not get past the narration, or more specifically the production. Read the book...
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