I wanted to explain my three star rating of this book. Let me first state that I think it is a must read for everyone. The horror of the Atomic Bomb has never been more clear to me after reading the first hand accounts of the survivors. It is a devastating book, and one that should not be read when you are feeling down already. The book finishes with a great message, omoiyari is something that I hope to embody in my life, and after reading this book I am sure you will as well.
I am sure I will relisten to this book again before the second in the series is released. It was a great ghost story with some detective elements that made me regret hitting the pause button. I finished the book in three days.
Like the Bartimaeus books, Stroud gives us interesting characters, strong development, and despicable antagonists. This book had elements of Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, and Young James Bond. It will get it's claws in you early and despite some slow spots, always keep you guessing.
Listening to Miranda was like eating Belgian Chocolate. So delicious and silky, you forgive the simple flavor. She does not have a wide range of character voices, but her natural speaking voice could make listening to the phone book being read soothing and irresistible. She has joined Nathaniel Parker, Katy Kellgren, Simon Vance, Simon Jones, and Jim Dale as one of my favorite narrators.
Well worth the time invested, buy this book!
The book is EXTREMELY tedious at the beginning. Stick with it and you will be reward with a rich story about a deeply troubled but brilliant man.
I enjoyed the main character, and his interactions with many of the supporting characters. I will not say more as I do not want to spoil it.
This is going to sound bizarre, but I loved the narrator when he was doing voices. It was his speaking voice that was grating and seemed not to fit the narrative.
Yes, all of the interactions with the antagonist were brilliantly done.
Hubris at its best.
As always the interaction of Laurence and Temeraire is one of my favorite relationships in literature.
I love Simon Vance, and have discovered other books because he was narrating.
It is a good read, but the story does not go anywhere. This and the book in Australia read like filler material. This is better than that simply because of the return to the Napoleonic Wars, and how the Russian campaign is changed.
Rick yes, Nick...not a chance.
Nothing. He was grating, lazy, and monotonous.
Pick up the book in print, the story is great as usual, the narration ruins the story, especially after the wonderful job Jesse has done over the rest of this series.
Please re-record this travesty.
Nearly anyone. I love your writing Stephen, but please leave the reading to someone else.
This was my first WoW book and I liked it a lot. As an alliance player, seeing the journey our King took in this book was inspiring. I would recommend this to any WoW player.
After a few shaky outings is is nice to see this series get back on track. Some of the relationships are getting stale, but overall this was a lot of fun.
As always I loved these stories. People were complaining that Roy Dotrice did not read the last book. I enjoyed the last narrator but was looking forward to hearing the familiar voices of the characters I knew. Unfortunately Dotrice changed many voices, Danerys, Mesisandre, and many other have vastly different voices than before. I hope he goes back and listens to his previous work and gets it right for the next book.
I loved the first three books of the Otori Series so I picked this up.
I appreciate character driven narratives, but there was no story. You would think incest and transvestites would be interesting....
The narration was monotonous, almost anyone would have been better.
All of them. This story did not need to be told.
I wish I had these 17 hours of my life back. I kept waiting for something to happen. Sadly the interesting part of this story, the fight for Japan to free itself from foreign dominance is secondary. Think Gone with the Wind without any reference to the civil war.
I am not sure how much the narrator colored my impression of this book, but this was my least favorite of the series so far. Eoin Colfer made the mistake of having someone else read his Artemis Fowl books, only to realize the mistake and bring back the amazing Nathaniel Parker.
I found the story to be lackluster with no real suspense. After all these are tales of Young James Bond, we know he is not going to die, and we know he is going to grow up to be the greatest spy the world has ever known. The Rat Run that is the focus of the finale of the book loses a great deal of suspense because you know he will make it through unscathed.
All in all, this book would have been an entertaining distraction if read by Nathaniel Parker, but Gerard Doyle made a dull book that much worse.
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