If you liked The Count of Monte Christo, Atlas Shrugged, East of Eden, or On the Road you will love this book because it finishes the thought that these books started, but with more humanity, humor and complexity.
Quest fantasy is not my normal genre but at the recommendation of a friend I gave it a listen. The story held my attention throughout and I was especially charmed by the bits of unexpected humor sprinkled into the story, like a sly wink to the listener.
The narration was exceptional. After recently listening to British-accented narrators drone on and on in that narration-monotone, this was a refreshing change. Eric Vincent is a storyteller of exceptional skill who unfolds the narration in such a natural way that it really enhances the story. His voicing of the Ifrit character, an evil genie, was actually chilling. I think he is one of the best narrators I've heard in years and I will definitely seek out his work in the future.
The production values are terrific and include music at transition points in the story. Technically and artistically, very well done.
I was late to the party. But I have now listened to all five of JRRM's novels, about 200 hours worth, in about a year. Long periods go by when nothing happens except the description of coats-of-arms. medieval menus and gowns. Rich in detail but nothing happens in the 9, 12 or 15 story lines for many of the characters. Whole books go by without mentioning critical characters, their doings or their whereabouts. You can't even tell who this whole thing is about. So little has happened in the arc of the story that I will be deceased before JRRM gets to a conclusion. So I am cutting my losses and I recommend that you do to. For two credits each you should get the Eurostar not some milk run local that will never get you anywhere.
I am going to medical school next year and was told to read this book by several people. It was startling that so many of the issues that face the modern doctor had already been clearly outlined almost 90 years ago. This book was particularly interesting to me after reading several nonfiction books describing medical science in the same era like "The Demon under the Microscope" and "The Great Influenza". Although the moral dilemmas are complex and interesting, Lewis does not achieve that same complexity in his characters and their actions.
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