Teenage adventure and revelation.
John Green captures teenaged ness in spirit though stories of things that are generally fantastic, unrealistic, and yet somehow totally believable.
This is basically a written, then read, form of Carlin's classic stand up routines.
Pretty much any John Green novel. They follow a formula, albeit an enjoyable one. Coming of age teens, going on a wacky adventure, often in the name of love, learn their lesson and return home/move on to starting their adulthood.
It is a great cross section of my favorite setting and furthers the story of the Sundering in very meaningful ways.
There were some opportunities for better character development, but all in all a decent story. Probably even better on my second listen.
I found that the author was upfront about his biases and the fact that his experience was not typical, but in fact his teaching was much easier than most. This level of honesty gave the story an air of truth that I appreciated.
An honest depiction of one persons experience teaching one hard class without trying to argue that this experience was typical of anything.
The first book of this series was fine, but made me wonder if Lawhead had lost some of his magic...but in this book he got it back in spades. The reader is a perfect voice for Will Scarlet, who narrates the story, and telling the tale from Scarlet's perspective is engaging and interesting. I almost gave up on the series after book 1...but this book totally makes it all worthwhile, can't wait to check out the finale.
A quick, easy read that is touching, although predictable. While written from one perspective everyone at school comes off as complete jerks. There isn't one compassionate teacher and all the students make the wrong choices when things really matter...all of them...stretches my suspension of disbelief a bit thin.
A tale of gods, pirates, druids, Red Wizards, and finally some ideas about what's actually happening during the Sundering.
I can forgive the slight mispronunciation of some of the fantasy names, and commend how well the reader does with almost all of them. But a few normal English words drove me crazy. Bade does not sound the same as bad. And there are two ways to say live...the wrong one was used at least once. The reader was otherwise fantastic, brought the story alive, and the story holds up with old school Salvatore books while embracing the recent past, sometimes in unexpected ways...sometimes exactly how you expect.
This is the story that launched a franchise of telling the same/similar story over and over again.
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