I got this book for three reasons. First, I have always admired people who had the fortitude to read one of the longest, most acclaimed novels in history. Second, this book had a good number of five star reviews. Finally, I got this book because sixty-one hours is a lot of bang for my credit.
I wont kid you, I was kicking myself for about the first eight hours. The first eight hours is introducing various characters as they sit around gossiping in parlor rooms in Russia. It was so boring that only my tenacity to get my moneys worth, and a desperate hope that it would get better kept me going.
I was paid off by about forty-five hours of interesting story. The use of language is excellent. The characters are for the most part well developed (Especially Pierre). The story is very engaging. It needs to be because at the beginning of each new section Tolstoy makes you go through between 15 minutes and an hour of his rambling philosophical views. It’s like he wanted to expound philosophy and had to wrap it in a novel so people would read it. (This is because is not good enough to stand on it’s own(It has a lot of holes).) Even I as an ex-philosophy major couldn’t stand the drivel.
I would have given this book four stars, except Tolstoy really ticked me off when toward the end of the book he takes a two hour aside from the story to discuss the questions, “What is power?, and “Is there really any free will?”, and forgets to bring closure to the tale. There is no, “Happily or sadly ever after”. The reader is left hanging with no finality in any degree.
So there you have my opinion. It was O.K. but it was not all that. It was definitely not the best book I have ever read, and I very much disagree with the claim that it is the best book ever written.
I can't adequately express my disappointment with the final installment of this triology, it was really lack luster, disappointing, and uninspired...and this is coming from someone that loves this story so much that I scheduled months in advance to have the release date off of work, just so I could sit around and soak up the story.
I'll admit that the series has always been a rather dark one, but it had that underlying promise of hope for a better future, good will triumph evil in the end, etc.. and characters so real that the reader was really invested in their individual stories. However, that aspect was completely missing in this book.
It was almost as if the author wanted to destroy everything and everyone just to make a philisophical point..and I'm not sure what point she was trying to make. We all know that war is terrible, but in every great tragedy their is always something redeeming or hopeful to hold on to. Not in this war; everything of beauty was taken away, everyone is destroyed physically, mentally, or emotionally, and in the end you are just left empty. The last ten pages of the book, meant to be a happy ending?...just aren't enough to redeem the characters, or repair the damage and heartbreak, the reader has experienced.
Brandon Sanderson did a great job on this book. It might be sacraligious to say, but I think I like his style of telling this story better than Jordans. There were quite a few places in this book where I just dropped my jaw, and was doing extra laps in the car because I could not stop listening.
It was also nice that characters like Nineve, and Phieal (spelling?) were not the complete witches that I had started to hate so much in the other books.
I know this book is 33 hours long, but it is amazing how short that can seem when you are thuroughly enjoying the book. I am so excited for the next book in the series to come out. Now I need to decide if I am going to listen to it again, or start another book.
This is the craziest series that I have ever read. I feel like one of those soldiers in a war that doesn't want to make friends with any of the new guys because he has already lost so many friends to death in battle. It seems that this author raises up protagonists just to kill them off. I made it through three of these books, but when he finally blinded one of the main characters after killing 8 of the 10 other characters who were the heros I said, "No more!". If I want to be seriously depressed I can just watch a news report about abused kids. I don't have to read a series of books that will depress, and pi** me off for "entertainment"!
Also, people are comparing these books to the LOTR series. Pleeease, this book is no where near the caliber of LOTRs. Tolkein was an english professor at Oxford, and he wrote so beautifully, it was nothing short of elegant. His command of the english language is unmatched. Martin, I will admit is imaginative, but his use of language is not even close to Tolkein. Tolkein almost single handedly created a genre with his work, Martin has created a depressing soap opera.
Do yourself a favor and use your credit else where. If you disreguard this advice, by the time you get to the end of book three (something like 72 hours of your precious time on earth later) you will be sorry you did.
I'm just say'n...
Wow! I picked this book based solely off of the awards it had won and customer reviews. (As I had never even heard of it before.) The reviews were so split that I thought about the purchase for several days before deciding to take the gamble. I am so glad that I did. I completely enjoyed this book. The writing is exquisite. It is so descriptive and poetic that you just savor the language...and I found myself jotting down a few quotes for future use in every day life. As far as the story line goes, I found myself so wrapped up in it that I tried to do mindless tasks such as cleaning and driving so I could keep my headphones in all day. If you are in the mood for a well woven story that doesn't quickly jump from scene to scene but just rather flows along, this is the book for you. I noticed a few criticisms of the narrator but, I thought he was great and enjoyed listening to him. This is definately one of the best downloads I've purchased.
I loved this book. It was so nice to be transported back to a simpler time of wholesome goodness. I am a guy and usually read sci fi or European Classics, but this was a nice change of pace. I found myself wishing I had grown up on Prince Edward Island at the turn of the twentieth century.
The narrator was perfect(especially her voice for Anne), and I found myself being lulled into another reality very easily. She is much better than the other narrators in the other versions.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is soulfull, be they 12 years old or 100.
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