This is a "Barbera Cartland" story packed in scifi, and it fails miserably.
The language used quickly becomes annoying with tons of repetition. She keeps repeating his full name, his obisidian eyes, and the Words hush and angel become so aggrevating that I zoned out. They are used repeatedly, along with other words.
The way the author uses one Word form to describe a situation, i.e. "Warmth. Hope. Relief." just does not work. Instead the situation becomes shallow.
The way they keep Falling in love, and split up is like an old Barbera Cartland novel. Some like it I know - I do not.
I really liked Dina Perlman narrating Jane Carver, but here she ends up making the male hero sound condescending towards the lead person. But I do not think that anyone can do it better, as there is nothing to work with.
The story is so black and white that it becomes ridiculous. It is a story best suited in a weekly magazine as a novel.
I will not be listening to book 2.
Swinburne & Burton are an amazing team. It is quite impossible to tell why it is so special. The characters are predictable, but they are predictable in a sense where they become so special that it simply works.
The entire setup is very cliche. The men smoke cigars and play billiard in one room while the women debate how to be the best housewife in the other...
... but the story behind each of these characters is just so deep and exiting that you are sucked into this wonderful universe. Mark Hodder has really done something special with the series, and even though it seemed impossible to continue the story after the last one he still did it.
And Gerard Doyle is an amazing narrator. He can do all the voices so you "see" the characters right in front of you, their hope, despair. You feel their loves, pains and problems.
How on earth Mark Hodder "invented" Swinburne I do not know, but he did, and I am grateful. My favorite character by far.
Really enjoyed the book, and the four stars are credited to the story of Atticus, Owen and Oberon. They are truly fun characters. It feels like Kevin Hearne has some real life characters he can look at when writing their stories. They are truly funny, and I like the addition of Atticus' arch druid. Owen Kennedy is brilliant in his simple approach to everything. Oberon is as always funny with his sausages, and his self proclaimed poodle addiction really made me laugh hard. They are worth listening to.
That is not the case with Granuaile.
Granuaile is boring. I do not get why she is there, and the story about her father quickly becomes a little annoying. The way her story is tied back into Atticus' story does not really give anything. She is a character that is needed for giving the reader background information.
The real action comes with the three males of the story.
Christopher Ragland is really really good as narrator. He can do all the voices excellent. Unfortunately there are a bit too many "lead" characters - three persons and two dogs.
So next time more Atticus, Oberon and Owen. Less Granuaile and her dog.
I will be listening to the story again. It is simply too good not to do just that.
Characters are fantastic, narration is just brilliant.
I have none. This series just stands out on its own.
You are quickly enveloped in this mystirous universe, with all it's weird cotraptions, inventions, characters.
The way Mark Hodder has used real people in a very different environment, and personalities just works wonders.
When I heard book one I was like "Damn, this will not be good". But he is Unique in his narration, and is able to do all the characters without overdoing them.
He brings depth, humour and makes the characters come alive. Especialle Swinburne is eminent.
Absolutely no clue.
The story of the silent Franks is here, and what a story.
First off the narration is just plain brilliant. There is not one character this narrator is not able to do so you just feel the character.
The story never becomes boring, and if you have followed the other Monster Hunter books, there are quite a lot of surprises in this book. I will not reveal :-)
We get to now Stricken better, we get to know Meyers better, and we get to know Franks and his story a whole lot better. As always lots of explosions, guns and all the other stuff that I find so cool about this series, but also a lot of character building.
And as always I laughed quite a lot. It never takes itself too serious.
Owen Z. Pitt. He is just my kind of hero. If it moves shoot it, if it doesn't shoot it anyways.
Never heard anything like this book before.
He is prob. the best narrator I have ever heard. He does every character perfect, from Owen, Julia and Tripp to Agent Franks and Management.
I saw sky, ground and sky again. Laughed really hard.
Just listen to it, read it, however you prefer it. You will have fun, be entertained and listen to an interesting story.
I would have to know the friends taste very well if I were to recommend it. I would not risk for them to blame me for getting them a book that would bore them.
It was just too shallow. I never got any feel for the characters, and I did not care what happened to them.
He gets the best out of the book. His way of doing the characters is very good. I felt that he really understood the book in its entirety and really knew how to perform it.
Yes - but not if I had read the book first. I love movie trailers, and the description of this book could have made a good trailer.
Indeed I would. The story is really good. I bought it for Audible on sale, as a "Ok I will have it as a waste of time" book. But, it was good... Really good.
Enjoyed how the story develops. The book does not do anything to be correct. It is gory, funny, and a surprising story.
I will be trying the Next one in the series as well :-)
There would be too many spoilers to start talking about my favourite character. They are all really interesting and funny. Sometimes they are too much, but it works, and it works well.
When he started I thought "OMG. 23 hours with this guy! I will not make it", but a few minutes into the story I was convinced that he is the right one for this story. He gives the characters life, and the story depth :-)
Something containing "Abomination". You will know why when you here the story :-)
A good story. Funny, and it was fun to imagine all the monsters real moving around in our world. The side story where Lord of the Rings suddenly takes a twist is brilliant.
The story has everything. It is so far the best Dresden book in the series, and I really look forward to listening to the next one.
The story is interesting, and has a lot of old "friends" returning. They are all put to good use in this book.
It also brought in new characters, and those were also good. The whole who is good - who is bad theme worked perfectly, and I was left in suspence until the very end.
I listen to the stories when driving, and I drive a lot. A story like this makes time flow by. Even in the heaviest of traffic. More than once I found myself laughing at the dry humor, and Harry's perception of himself and his surroundings.
Less guilt-tripping in this book, and I liked that. I had feared that the story about Susan from the last book would just take up too much space. It did not, even though it was an important part of Harry Dresden.
Dresdne is my favourite character. Even though I like all the others, he is the main character in the story. and what is there not to like.
A character that is not protrayed as a super human, but gets things done. His whole character is just perfect for this kind of book. Just bought the fifth book that I am really looking forward to. I really want to know what happens to Dresden.
He just gets better and better. I did not think that it would be possible. He really gets under Harry. The dry humour, his portrayal of all the characters. Not once did I find myself thinking "what a stupid voice to that character" as I often do when listening to audiobooks.
Indeed it was.
I doubt that I would recommend this book to a friend. I felt that this book was just too long compared to what happens.
Some of the sub-stories become quite boring, and way too long to be interesting. Still like the way he builds up Kvothe to be the living legend, and I like that Kvothe is a good heart but not too fine for a lie or two.
The story about Denna becomes outright stupid in this book. It takes up valuable space, and I found myself thinking "How stupid is he allowed to be?". If you hear it you will know what I am talking about. Those parts could have been done shorter, and used to build up some of the other interesting persons in the book.
The way the story is done with interludes works very well. Suddenly you are pulled back, and something happens in the "now" that either showes Kvothe has changed, has become weaker etc. I find that he has become too weak in the present, and that annoyes me. I do not know if it is because I feel that it is not fair, or if I find it too much that he is first a powerful wizard, sword fighting boy, and now a useless inn-keeper who cannot fend for himself.
It will be a series I follow to the end. I want to know what becomes of Kvothe, and if he finds that which he hunts (which I will not reveal what is), and to me that is the biggest strength of the book. You want to know because you are curious, and that to me means that the book is good - even though I have used much of the space here to write about the flaws.
The narration was just perfect. Nick Podehl does a very good job. Does not overdo the voices, catches the moments, and describes feelings, thoughts etc. perfectly.
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