the author is great, as is the reader, but the subject matter is... well, the best supernatural summertime reading i've come across in quiet some time. it's got violence, a plucky female lead, sex, horrid fashion sense, foreseeable plot lines and engaging writing style! on the whole highly recommended! the only bad thing is the reader's pauses at inappropriate times. like. in the. middle. of a sentence.
If you're still waiting for you letter from Hogwarts or Breakbills, if you knock on the interior back of any likely looking wardrobe, if you've thought about going to Oxford to see if just maybe they have the time travel department set up yet; this may be the book for you.
Some of the reviews I looked at compared it to "Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness, but I don't really see it. Maybe it was the more adult (note that's adult grown-up not adult sexy time) telling of the story.
If you're looking for steamy paranormal romance, you may want to go elsewhere, this book has more in common with "Pride and Prejudice" than the Sookie Stackhouse books.
Suffice it to say, I loved this book! It's the story of a recently dumped Grad student who almost literally stumbles into another world filled with magic yet seemingly stuck in the Middle Ages.
I really liked this book. A new voice in urban fantasy with all the requisites! But Peter Brooks pronounces werewolf we'arwolf and coven co-ven. Grr! And a coupleof his voice choices don't jibe with the written characteristics. Like Prescott isn't a 13 year old boy.
Even tho I love her voice, I do wonder why there is an Aussie narrating a book with no Australian connection. At all. In any way. The story is set in the UK, why not a Brit?
As for the story it's self, I feel a little let down. The build up was great and then the ending was truncated. It seemed, to me, like Kate Morton had realized how long this book was getting and so just quickly tried up the plot and out. The only worse thing would have had Edith wake up and realize it was all just a dream. No, I'm not left with questions, but still!
I'm all for "legendary figures" but it seems as though the author is pretty well living a fantasy life through Kvothe. I kinda figured when I read the blurb but it doesn't stop! Everything turns out slightly tragic but beneficial. Not to say it isn't well written. I may end up reading the second one...
If you want a slightly more grown up and/or gritty Harry Potter, this is for you.
It's not that that this is a bad book, it's just not that interesting. I'm a big fan of the Book of Enoch (which Jonathan Davis pronounced "Eneck" the whole time, grrr!) and angel- lore but I felt that this wasn't a good "angels are amoung us and people too!" story.
The first good third of the book could have probably been summed up in a couple of paragraphs to give us a feel for the three main characters. In fact, most of the book could have been dealt with in a couple of chapters as backstory, thereby doing away with then need to make this a trilogy.
If you have a credit you really don't know what to do with, listen to the sample. The whole thing. Really
I don't understand how the other people who have reviewed this book found it hard to follow or uninteresting. This is the first Funke book I've listened to and it seems the rest are more geared towards kids but if you have good grasp of Grimm Fairy and Folk tales, you'll follow the story and love it! I can't wait for more, please tell me there will be more!
This story was almost as disappointing as "Love Never Dies". It sounded like it was going to be an amazing, slightly steampunk story with with goodness from my favorite period. Instead there are references to charles bronson, clingy leopard outfits and four years vanishes from the narration with just a sentence. Well read and accented by music but not the story I'd wanted it to be.
really well written, worth a listen.
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