This book was one big cliche. The story was predictable. The characters were caricatured and without any depth.
I had quite a few laughs listening to this story. I do not think that it was intentional for the writer to make me laugh as reader/listener. And they were not laughs based on humour, more of a "I don't know what else to do" kinda laugh.
The constant use of...
"I looked at him with my grey eyes".
"His green eyes squinted"
"His hazel eyes met my grey steely eyes".
The description of the eyes kept popping up, and I was both laughing and thinking what a waste of my money each time it happened (and trust me it happens a lot). Who keeps describing herself looking at things with her eyes and the colour of her eyes? Noone.
it does not stop there:
"Guilt and grief racked my heart" is heard more than often.
"Cold rage in my heart" likewise.
The writer just tries too hard to make the persons in the story interesting and ends up making them shallow, and stupid.
Some might feel that the narrator is good. I am not one of them. Whenever she was trying to make someone sound sexy and persuasive they sounded like stupid braindead pornstars. When the rugged detective (and you will hear that a lot) is "talking" it sounds more like a person on drugs, than a person rugged and tough.
Add a story that is neither good nor interesting, and you get to waste a lot of hours you will never get back. None of the heroes or the main bad guys/girls have any flaws. They all belong in a model magazine.
I was left with a feeling of this becoming a teenage girl fantasy novel, and if that is your age you might enjoy this story. Everyone else should avoid it.
I will not be spending any more money of credits on this series, and you might be wondering why I bothered listening to the story until the end - if you have the answer please share because I do not know. Might be that I just hoped something remotely interesting would happen.
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.
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.
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.
The first in the series builds up to something bigger, but still remains interesting. I liked Kvothe and the entire universe build around him.
I have both read it and listened to it, and I enjoyed it in its own way.
What is there not to like? It is a complete story, and it has all the elements of good vs. bad, friendship, growing up, hardships to overcome, bad decisions being made etc.
I like that it contains everything, and that the characters have depth. You feel with Kvothe when his family is killed, you laugh with/at him when he does something stupid. All those different aspects makes this a very good book.
I was surprised when I heard the start of the story. Did not feel that he could be Kvothe. I kept listening, and I am very glad I did. He does an amazing job.
he has a way of making you almost feel you are there besides Kvothe in his adventures. When I was thinking about it when I had finished listening to the book, I felt that if I closed my eyes I could imagine Kvothe with his red hair playing the lute - without giving too many spoilers both the lute and the red hair is important to the story.
A very convinving narrator, that I truly enjoed listening to.
I laughed at several parts in the book. Both with Kvothe and at Kvothe. I truly enjoy a story that has that aspect as well.
I do not know. As I have written in the previous reviews of The Dresden Books, I really like Masters as the narrator. He is very much how I imagine Dresden. Have not read a single one of the books.
The most interesting aspect was that of a bigger plot. I had not seen all the plot turnings, and where the story went. That is really enjoyable in a book imo. You got to know more about Dresden, and the story with Michael and their differences towards the same goal was a good element.
At some points the story became boring. Some parts were just too slow moving, or uninteresting.
Masters is Harry Dresden. Even though I have seen him as Spike, his voice leaves me with a totally different impression of Dresden. He really gives him character, makes him funny and has a great way of reading. He does not do "stupid" voices to characterize the villain, femailes, evil doers, good doers etc. He just brings depth to the story,
As I have written before I prefer my books when driving, so no - but that is not to say that it is a book you could do in one sitting.
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