I liked the concept but the action just doesn't reach the level of stories by Thor, Flynn, or even Coes or Cussler. Maybe those authors have spoiled me. This story was more like a B movie. More guilty pleasure than thrilling experience.
Maybe Ron Perlman's performance got in the way of my enjoyment. I was really looking forward to hearing him perform this book. But there was NO PERFORMING. It was read in a rather lackluster style with no accents or other voice characterization, and really not much emotion either. He could have been reading a textbook. Great book reading isn't just enunciation. It's supposed to be voice acting.
I am going to try another book by Green but only if it has a different reader.
This is a story of pain, of adventure, of intrigue and, ultimately, of love. Love of country, love of monarch, familial love, romantic love and brotherly love. Most especially love between the closest of friends. A fateful connection binds these two friends. It's a relationship all at once heart-rending and tender, pleasing and difficult.
This book has most of the characters that we have come to love in these two book series, as the life of FitzChivalry Farseer comes to a triumphal climax. All six books in the Fitz series are well worth reading and wonderfully narrated.
This trilogy is read by James Langton and he comes as close to the most excellent reading of the first series by Paul Boehmer as I could have hoped. He always portrays the character with just the right level of emotion.
Well done Robin Hobb! I'm looking forward to a great experience with the next Fitz trilogy that begins with "Fool's Assassin."
The story starts off great and I love the Gunner in the story. But it sort of breaks down in the middle part and has a so-so ending. All in all it just isn't anything to write home about.
It is worth noting that, for a book that is supposedly for kids and features a 12-year-old hero, there is some language that you might find inappropriate for children. You'll find instances of 'bast***' and 'what the h***' for example. It's certainly not a book I find appropriate for my wife's second-grade classroom (which is one reason I was listening to it).
The reader, Jim Dale, is pretty good as always.
I'm sorry I already bought the sequels in the kids book sale. Now I have to listen to them. Maybe the next one is better...
This is truly the funniest book I have read in years! The characters are engaging and sympathetic. Every one is over-the-top and quirky in their own way.
Our heroine Hilary is a plucky girl with a pet gargoyle who is the daughter of an admiral in the Augustan fleet. She wants to become a pirate instead of going to Miss Pimm's Finishing School for Delicate Ladies.
The story is interspersed with excerpts from the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates (the VNHLP, serving the high seas for 152 years) Handbook and letters written by Hilary, her friends, the Queen of Augusta and many others. They're always funny.
From Hilary: "I should mention that your information regarding my appearance is not entirely accurate. First, I am not wide-eyed. Thanks to the interminable lessons delivered in a tortuous monotone by my governess, my eyes are frequently closed. Second, I am not a young man but a young woman. ...
We are pirates. We are not easily horrified. We have seen shipwrecks. We have seen sword fights. We have seen men eaten by crocodiles and crocodiles eaten by men. We have on occasion hung skeletons from trees. None of these things horrifies us in the least.
Your letter, however, is another matter! ... No woman, young or otherwise, may join our league. ...if there is one thing upon which the VNHLP and the Royal Navy can agree, it is this: permitting girls to prance about on the high seas would be entirely undignified. Under normal circumstances, we would of course require you to walk the plank. However, our code of piracy does not permit us to treat young women in such a fashion. So we will be generous. ...
With shock and consternation,
Membership Coordinator, VNHLP
... I assure you that I will walk the plank a thousand times into cold and shark-infested waters before I will attend Miss Pimm's!
(really quite furious with you)"
Hilary answers an ad from a freelance pirate hoping to get a job on his ship. As to what happens next, suffice to say that there is a reason that Hilary and hilarity differ only slightly.
The narrator (Katherine Kellgren) is a gem and absolutely perfect for this story. She expresses sarcasm, wit and earnestness with equal zest. Her English accent adds just the right flavor. I have to find out who beat her out for the Audie in this category because I can't imagine why she lost!
I graduated from third grade decades ago but I still found this story to be thoroughly enjoyable and look eagerly for its sequel. Any child who can follow and enjoy chapter books should love this book as well.
This book is not listed in the teen or pre-teen category but it's billed as The Chronos Files 1.5. On Audible, the first book is listed for 11-13 year olds and teen/young adult on Amazon.
The problem with this book is not the content per-se for any adult. It's that the 11 and 12 year olds who read the first book will naturally want to read this one too. Why is that a problem? Because it contains inappropriate content for those ages.
Sexual situations and dialogue are significant throughout the book. Although the sex act itself is not described, it is obvious that it takes place. Nakedness is described as well as some intimacy while unclothed.
Some parents may also object to the drunkenness portrayed in it, even if by the bad guy.
As a result, I had to shave a star off of my rating because, as a parent, I would not want my 11 year old reading this book. I would not have minded her reading the first book (which I almost rated 5 stars). That's a real shame.
Something I didn't mention in my review of the first book: the discussion of religion in these books is interesting and thought-provoking. If your kids read these books I suggest you discuss that aspect of the book with them. (Hey, fake religions exist and there are plenty of them even in our current timeline so it's an important discussion to have with them.)
NOW to the book itself:
The reader is fine though nothing stands out particularly about his performance.
I agree with some readers that Kiernan just feels like a better match for Kate than Trey. I keep finding myself rooting for Kiernan. That shows how real the characters become for the reader while experiencing these books. That's a genuine credit to the author.
I really appreciated the perspective in this book after reading the first one. It lets us know how and why some of the events from the first book happened and sets up (I presume) some events in the next book.
Adults and older teens might enjoy these books. But I wouldn't get pre-teens or younger teens started on the series because they will want to read this book. Again, that's a real shame.
(Couldn't resist that headline. Sorry.)
First, I enjoyed the book very much and was deeply invested in the characters.
I really don't like it when people try to pigeonhole a book for a certain age. I'm far past 13 and I liked every bit of it! Don't let age ranges for a book deter from reading a great story like this one.
The book handles time travel really well. It can be a very tricky proposition with all of its paradoxes. There is, incidentally, a paradoxes (pair of docs[es]) in the book. Nyuk, nyuk.
The reader has such a high-pitched voice that every man sounds like a 13 year old boy. It's my only beef with this otherwise great reader. She is really good at expressing the emotions of the characters, particularly a crying woman/girl.
Looking forward to a sequel.
This second story starts right where the last left off with all of the first book's adventure, intrigue, sorcery and emotion. And that continues all the way to its blockbuster finale.
These books have a classic feel, like I'm reading Treasure Island all over again.
The reader is amazing! There are few readers that could have brought these stories to life like Michael Page. He has me casting the movie in my mind.
Everyone raves about Patrick Rothfuss and deservedly so. After reading his first book I thought seriously about reading the next right away but changed my mind.
On the other hand, these stories I am DEVOURING. I cannot wait to find out what happens next!
I devoured this book! It's a great adventure in the classic style a la Treasure Island. This story, however, is a fantasy novel with magic, fantastic creatures, political intrigue, assassins and of course, conspiracy.
The writing is well paced, the story compelling, the characters interesting. It leaves you craving for more. What more could you ask?
Michael Page's rendering of this story is nothing short of superb. He has an amazing repertoire of voices and he gives each character just the right emotional feel. He has claimed a place in my top five audiobook readers.
I look forward to reading the next book. Like, right now.
The story is interesting but I had to groan and eye-roll in several places when some things were said and done.
It is not a time-travel story (but he tells you that up front). Time travel is just a device to get us to a place where the author tries to illustrate some personal and political beliefs (I guess). He builds a dream world as far as some university sociology professors might envision it.
Sad. One of my very favorite authors, Michael J. Sullivan tells an amazing tale in the Riyria stories. If you have not read "Theft of Swords" go get it right now. You won't be sorry. But don't buy this book.
I would have been mad if I funded this on Kickstarter. I'm glad I didn't know or I might have. I like the author that much! I try to get everyone to read him.
The reader is good but he is saddled just a little bit by the nature of most of the characters in this story. (I don't want to add any spoilers.) I would listen to him again.
While interesting to see the future as the author envisions it, it's not at all the world I would hope for. I don't mean to imply that it's dystopian. I wouldn't necessarily mind it if it was because it's just a story. It's just a very disappointing world.
This book is very finely detailed. Too detailed. I began to wonder if Rothfuss wrote a long history and just couldn't bear to leave anything out of what has to be an epically long outline. The plot is a little short on action. Ok. That can be fine. Give me some great political intrigue. Some spy craft maybe. NOPE.
The book could have been 20% shorter.
That's really the only bad though.
Here's the good:
The reader is quite good but took me a little while to get used to. He is at his best when using accents, especially when the character is emotional. I was really sold when he used three slightly different Scottish-Irish accents for three characters as they conversed. A really well-done scene!
I am invested in the characters and I want to see them succeed. Some of them are fascinating (including the main character Kvothe) and I want to know what will happen to them.
I like Kvothe's moral core in spite of a difficult childhood, part in which he had little adult supervision.
I want to find out how a supposed king killer ends up a bartender.
I liked the interpersonal relationships and I enjoyed the sometimes witty banter.
The magic system is interesting and tries not to violate the laws of physics. That's cool!
I bought the sequel mostly because I liked the characters so much. Only after that did I discover that its 25% LONGER than the first. God help me, I'm going in!
If I don't come back in a couple of weeks, send in a search party...
I am a sucker for time travel stories and this one did not disappoint. It has a fantastic premise which is excellently executed. The mystery unfolds like petals from a flower as each step in Nick's time travel unravels another part of the explanation for the days events, including the death of his wife.
I also enjoyed the discussions of the repercussions on future events of the decisions and actions we take.
The reader is great and fits the style and feeling of the story very well.
Fantastic idea pleasingly implemented!
(Note: Ignore comparisons of this book to "The Time Traveler's Wife," which is a book I hated.)
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