It's a weird combination of all the teen girl novels that are huge these days (Hunger Games, Twilight, etc) and the previous 2 Jumper's. Lots less gross bodily functions, lots more emotional high school girls, but altogether, a seriously wonderful (if sometimes predictable - nothing's wrong with a bit of predictability) follow-up to Reflex.
I was a bit leery of the narrator at first (I hate when a series isn't consistent with its narrators), but since 2/3 of the novel is from a female PoV, it wouldn't have made much sense to get Macleod Andrews to do it, and I think this might be my favorite non-Kate Reading female narrator, now, so it worked out.
The other YA dystopian trilogies I've read all have terrible final books. This one doesn't. Julia Whalen does a great job. The end.
This series has the most random narrating ever. Every book up to this one has had a different narrator. At least this one pronounced the names correctly, which is more than could be said about the previous one. Good book, though. My favorite in the series thus far I think.
I wouldn't have read this one if I'd not read others. And I wouldn't recommend this until after reading others, actually.
It's pretty decent, but it's more like the extra features on a DVD than its own movie, when compared to the other books. That's not to say it's not good, but it seems like there's a start and a finish, but no real body to the story.
He's pretty consistent.
It would probably make a pretty epic movie, actually.
I'd read at least Wizard's First Rule before reading this one. You miss a lot if you don't already understand the world at all.
This is a pretty good book. It's the first book of the Sword of Truth series. The fight scenes are far more violent than necessary (very detailed blood and guts type stuff), so this is definitely not a book for children, but it's a good opening book. It foreshadows the theme that Terry Goodkind later attempts to physically force down his readers' throats, and sets up a series that's well worth reading. I wouldn't say this is among the best audiobooks I've read, but it's very good.
The obvious comparison here is the Wheel of Time (Wot). Unfortunately this series (The Sword of Truth, SoT) loses in that comparison in almost every way. The narration in particular is amazing for the WoT, while in SoT the lack of consistency dooms all chances at excellent narration. Where Terry Goodkind is very intense and later in the series attempts to shove the moral of the story down his authors throats on every page, the WoT is much less preachy. And the WoT is rated PG, maybe PG-13 in some places, while the SoT is definitely rated PG-13 to R throughout. All that said in favor of the WoT, it's very long-winded, and has entire books full of marginally necessary side stories, while the SoT is much less meandering.
It took an hour or so to get used to, but I wish they'd gotten him for the rest of the books in the series. He makes the books much more exciting.
Great series, overall, if you can get past the preaching. You definitely want to read this one before the prequel. It sets up a lot of stuff you won't get if you try reading the prequel first.
Larry Correia is a genius. This one builds up a bit sower than his others at the start, but it's well worth the wait. I started listening to this 3 or 4 days ago, and I've already finished the sequel, Sword of Exodus (Which is quite possibly even better). If you're hesitant to try this one, because there's a second author on the cover, don't be. It's maybe not 100% as good as his other stuff, in my opinion (It's military thriller genre, rather than semi-realistic fantasy, or whatever MHI and Hard Magic are, and I'm a big fantasy guy), but it's probably 90% as good, and considering how good those are, I recommend this one for sure.
James Marsters IS Harry Dresden to me. He gives a lot of feel to the characters and brings them to life. It seems like he's not reading, but telling his own story. It's ironic to me that Ghost Story is about the dead, and the reading just doesn't have the life that the previous books have had. That said, if this was a stylistic choice, because of the death of Dresden, I'd say it was a good choice. John Glover is WAY better than a lot of the others I've listened to. After the first chapter I only thought of how much better it would have been to have James Marsters reading every couple hours. That said, they better bring Marsters back for the next one, or I'm not going to continue to buy these. And if they did a rerecord of this one with Marsters, I would buy it and forget this one ever existed.
John Glover seems to be a decent audiobook reader. I don't understand people's claims of mispronounced words. I only noticed one or 2 mispronunciations during the whole book, and every reader does that. But, to me, James Marsters wasn't reading. He IS Harry Dresden. He's telling a story from his own point of view, not reading a book. That's how good James Marsters is. I very much enjoyed the book as read by John Glover. But every couple hours I would think about how much better it would be if it was James Marsters. So, though I still enjoyed the book and would recommend it if this is the way you consume most of your books, I still really hope they make sure and bring Marsters back for the next one.
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