I liked the story. I liked the characters. And I liked the Watchman group they set up. Quite a bit actually, much to my surprise. I'll be getting the sequel right now if that tells you anything.
The reader was good and you never wonder which character you are listening to.
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.)
I didn't really care that much what happened to the characters. The beginning shows a lot of promise but then the book bogs down with things that just seem to happen without that much importance. The middle is interminable.
The reader just can't do an accent to save his life.
I so enjoyed the short story by Mr. Speakman in the Unfettered anthology that I decided to listen to this novel too. I was not disappointed.
Any fan of the Merlin television series should love this book, though this story is set in modern day.
The reader portrays each character well and helps you see that movie in your head (always a goal of mine).
Richard McCallister protects the secret Seattle portal between our world and Annwn--the world to which all of the fey creatures (fairies, leprechauns, centaurs, and the like) had long ago been transported to protect them from extinction. The Knights protecting the portals use magical items but so do the forces of evil on both sides of the portal. Without giving anything away, some of those magical items are ones that you are probably familiar with. 'Nuf said.
The book is full of action and adventure as a small group tries to reunite the fey creatures to battle the forces of evil. Any war in Annwn threatens both worlds. In the meantime, the forces of evil are also after Richard and another character he is trying to protect. Can evil turn these two or bend them and/or their weapons to their nefarious purposes?
Which creatures are on which side (if either)? Can war be averted and, if not, can good triumph? Which men of our world are simply trying to protect the portals and which really have their own agenda? Can the two worlds be saved?
A minor disappointment for me that these knights are supposed to be Knights of the Word here on our side as defined by a certain church (i.e. the Word of God). But when people try to defend their actions in the name of the Word, no one actually uses any of the actual Word to refute them. That would have been fun!
That's a small objection though and it did not prevent me from giving this book 5 stars. I couldn't stop listening and that's one sign of a great book. I look forward to the next one!
This book is well worth reading for the quality of the writing. The bonus is that it's for a great cause. Hooray for you wonderful writers, artists and readers! And man are there some amazing readers in this audiobook. It's always great to help a brother out.
Several of these stories are so good that I have placed the author's books on my wish list. So it's a great introduction to these authors if you are not already a fan. If you are a fan, you won't be disappointed with these great tales, some set in the worlds you already know. All of them are well-written.
Rothfuss: Haven't read his books. Maybe something about that would have made it better. Otherwise: What the...?
Salvatore: Um, OK. Weird.
Orullian: If you were a band geek you might like this one. I wasn't a band geek. I got lost in all of the musical references.
Jordan/Sanderson: Love the Wheel of Time books but it's been a while for me. Maybe that's why I didn't connect with it.
Brooks (Word/Void): A charming tale.
Vaughn: Interesting premise well carried-out.
Lockwood: A great story that is far better than his first novel.
Durham: Really imaginative! And just a really nice story.
Bosworth: Intriguing story with an electric ending.
Williams: I smiled all the way through this great one.
Thompson: I really enjoyed the characters in this one and want to read the novels.
Novik: I tire of dragons sometimes but this story rekindled my interest. I put her novels on my wish list.
Sullivan: My favorite story by one of my very favorite authors. If you are unfamiliar with Michael J. Sullivan go buy his books. All of them. NOW. You won't be disappointed.
Speakman: Great characters in a compelling world. Made me want to read more.
It starts out with interesting characters and really cool steampunk technology. It has a fascinating budding conspiracy of sorts.
The weird English humor at times was off-putting for this American but that could just be me.
Then in the final third of the book, it goes entirely off the rails. I don't really care about Joe Spork's background and how he uses it. To me it just sputtered to a finish.
It was disappointing because he could have really taken it somewhere and he didn't. The whole reason for the technology becomes irrelevant. The characters/group at the root of the technology were fantastic and they are almost irrelevant at the end.
The reader was quite adequate even good at times and never bothered me, hence the average rating for him.
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.
A sort of weird installment of a pretty decent series. This ending, though rather interesting in content, merely whimpers. I had more questions than answers at the end.
A great reader, Paul Boehmer, does his best with these stories. It is unfortunate that the protagonist is American because Boehmer's voicing isn't allowed to triumph like it does in Robin Hobb's book series.
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