The subject, psychopathy, is well described but I found the narration irritating and difficult to listen to. The reader is painfully slow and maintains a constant timber: he uses commas as full stops, like a period, which makes the reading jerky. The writing uses common language and is easy to understand so there is no reason for such a slow delivery. This is definitely something to listen at double speed!
The story proceeds quite well without too many slow passages and some exciting battles but is definitely not enthralling. It seems that Maas throws in some magic and creatures in order to keep things interesting but the connection between reality and fantasy seems false which takes away from the believability of the story: I mean really, a castle made of glass!
The characters are mostly very human (and surprisingly even sexual) but it appears that some have magic powers just to make the story more interesting. But why are the names so alike, for example, Celaena and Ilaena and Kane and Kale, which makes it difficult at times to keep them straight. I guess that if you were reading this, they would be more unique but not in the audio version.
Elizabeth Evans is a good reader with a nice timber to her voice but she does have difficulty keeping the various male voices from sounding all the same and slightly effeminate.
Not a real nail-biter but keeps you interested. Some good action. Plausible plot.
Well read by Scott Brick.
Not really a "story" but it does tell the history and continuing effect of economics on our lives.
Thomas Sowell presents Economics in a very easy to understand and well illustrated way. This is the 5th edition so is up to date with current examples. There is a lot of information and a plethora of quotable quotes, so probably warrants additional listens to absorb it all.
Tom Weiner is perfect for this type of a book as he reads as one would expect an "expert" in this field might read.
A great book that I will definitely listen to again.
The story has some interesting moments but tends to be a bit flat and it is predictable, as are the characters. The writing is good and the descriptions are generally vivid.
Heather Lind reads well and has an interesting way of interpreting shouting which is effective without being loud. Her accents are appropriate.
All in all, an average listen with nothing really negative but nothing outstanding either.
Between the way Antony Doerr writes and Zach Appelman reads, it was almost like listening to poetry.
I got this book because we have a summer home in the area where this book is located. It is obvious that Krueger knows the area and it is interesting to see how he merges real locations, which are actually far apart, into his semi-fictional location.
His characters are vivid. Cork is smart and courageous but has almost fatal flaws and makes some critical, almost out of character, mistakes which increases the tension. Although you still have doubts as to who the perpetrators are as the story goes on, it becomes more of a challenge to determine how Cork will prove it. The secondary characters are also well depicted, especially the Indians who ultimately play a significant role.
The story can be a bit predictable, the bad guys are really bad, some of the situations can be expected and the finish as anticipated. But all in all it was enjoyable.
David Chandler does a good job: although his character voices are not strong, Krueger's writing makes it easy to follow them.
Looking forward to "Boundary Waters".
Historically correct with fictitious characters blended with actual characters in the third installment of the Century Trilogy, Ken Follett intertwines the East and West during the cold war. His characters are, of course, at the forefront of the major events of this period, so much so that Follet has you thinking that they were actually taking part.
John Lee does an adequate job of producing the various accents but does a better job of the Russian accent than the American accents, especially the Kennedy's New England accents and the M. L. King's southern accent. Of course, it would be difficult even for an American to capture these voices which are unique and so well known.
My big problem was that there was a long time between the release of the first two books and the last one, so I had forgotten the family lineage of the main characters. This is important to the stories so I would suggest that all three books be listened to in close proximity of each other, and I will listen to them again like this.
I listened to this book without great anticipation for "who dun it", but it did keep me interested. As other reviewers commented, I found myself forgetting who was who. I'm not sure why as the characters were described well but I had difficulty keeping them sorted out. Unless you are really good at remembering characters, I would suggest that as each character is introduced, it would be good to write their name and position down. Even through my second listening (at double speed) I still mixed up some of the characters. Another reason for a second listening was to detect the subtle, almost obscure, clues that are occasionally dropped. The writing was good but I found the vulgarity of the story line and foul language (especially the continuous dropping of the F bomb), after the intended shock factor, became monotonous and distracting.
The reader was very good and his characterization of the different voices was vivid and notable.
Got me hooked for the rest of the series: Just as good as the North and South trilogy. A great way to view the history of early America. John Jakes is a great story teller who creates memorable scenes and characters and Mark Vietor is a talented narrator with distinctive character accents.
Thank you Audible for this series...
Is this story about the strides of science in the 15th and 16th century, or is it about the lives of some of the great minds (and many lesser minds) of this era? On either count it failed for me.
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