I stumbled on this series, and was hooked in the first 15 minutes. Each story is original, and this was no exception. In fact this book is better than the previous books. Is that possible? If you like Harry Dresden, you'll like this series. The two series cover completely different material, but the underlying sense of humor and the original plots are common characteristics. And Zee and Harry are both tall and capable.
The downside of discovering a fresh and new book that becomes a series is the waiting! It's like waiting for Christmas when you were 5 years old. Wait, is that a bad thing?
I'm a fan of time travel books, but it also has to be a very good story. For instance, I'm a huge fan of Gabaldon. Also, I haven't read a King book in years, so I wasn't aware of his non-horror writing. Very pleasant surprise: I didn't want this book to end. I think the last King book I listened to was 'From The Back of A Buick 8' in about 2003 or 4, and that was really good also, but this was better.
The performance was really good. I'm a fan of old movies, too, so when I heard the performer imitate (the sincerest form of flattery!) The Duke, Jimmy Stewart, and others, it helped me picture the characters in my head. It was like hearing all of my favorite actors in my head in the best possible manner. For me, this added to the experience, instead of being a distraction. I may get this in text, just for a varied experience of the same material
**Don't skip the Afterward**
I'm guessing this will be my top read of the year.
I downloaded this book after listing to a podcast by the narrator and was not disappointed. I thought the story line was very original with plot twists and turns. The book did what I want a book to do: Take my mind to a different reality. This was my first Tim Pratt book, and I liked this enough to seek out more of his writing.
This is a long book, and with no extra words. Margaret Mitchell had a whopper of a story to tell, and she did it beautifully. The narration was perfect.
I'll admit that I'm a BOT junkie. I'd rather listen to a book than to watch TV or go out, so consequently, I go through alot of titles. This book is a big standout. It had me captivated with the action, the drama and the character interaction. I wish I had a Tara to run back to every time life wasn't sweet to me! Alas, I'll soothe myself with books on tape, and I know I'll be listening to this one again (and again!).
As a side note, I recently watched one episode of a series on PBS about American masterpieces. GWTW was the first topic and I spent an hour learning very interesting things about this book, it's development, and the saga of it's impact on American culture. That experience really helped me to appreciate the book even more than if I had listened to it cold.
I would recommend this book to anyone.
I like the narrator, but perhaps not for this story. For some reason, the narrator made the story choppy and the listening wouldn't flow well for me. I listen to alot of audio books, and I listen to the samples before I buy. I liked the sample enough to use a credit on this book, but I am a bit disappointed. I wish there were more Colin Dexter books, but perhaps with a different narrator.
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