This second instalment of the Broken Empire trilogy is as entertaining as the first but as Jorg has grown up he has mellowed somewhat. (of course everything is relative, Jorg being mellow still means his heart and soul remains as black as pitch).
Mark Lawrence has become a favourite author of mine and his excellent story has been well interpreted by Joe Jameson.
I note that the third instalment of the trilogy is not being published until August 2013. Lets hope that Audible are able to secure Joe Jameson's services to narrate the upcoming instalment so we don't have to wait too long for the next instalment of this great trilogy.
I disliked this from the first instant. At one stage I thought that the story was growing on me but that soon passed and I only finished because its a book club book and I had nothing better to listen too during my commute to work.
I am sure there are clever people out there who will swear that this book is wonderful, the writing wonderful and full of morals and messages. I will maintain my view that this book is self indulgent drivel.
I read the Black Magician's Trilogy and enjoyed it very much. However I fear that in switching to an audio book for the follow up titles I have messed with the pictures and sounds that I developed in my head for this world.
The narration simply did not fit well with my preconceptions of what the story should be about and I found myself being annoyed with the telling of the story.
The writing and story line in this next instalment of the series is not as strong as the first trilogy. Introducing some of the characters sexual preferences has been done rather clumsily and struck me as tokenism.
I will pursue this second trilogy but think I will switch back to the written word to complete the story.
I was starting to worry that audio book delivery of fantasy titles would never be as enjoyable as wading through a paperback. However I am pleased to say that the combination of Mark Lawrence's tale and Joe Jameson's narration has reassured me that audio book fantasy can deliver a quality product.
This is a dark and violent tale of an angry young man with no fear. The story twists and turns as we learn that what is on the surface is not always the real story.
I enjoyed Caleb's tale as told by Bethia Mayfield who in her own headstrong way set him up to receive the gifts of knowledge but at a significant cost.
Jennifer Ehle was excellent in this role.
Generally re-reading (and now re-listening) is not my style but if I had nothing better to do with some hours I would not be adverse to hearing this book again.
I liked the juxtaposition of the two worlds, Amish and Corporate America.
Enjoyable to listen to, this was a departure from what I would normally choose to read but I would certainly recommend this as a light read/listen to others.
I felt the the two narrators did an excellent job with their respective parts of the book. The voices matched my mental pictures of the story line.
This is the first audio book I have listened to in a long time and first time to review so I resisted the urge to give five stars lest the next book I listen to is even better! However I would happily recommend the audio book to anyone as its a great story and well narrated.
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