For fans of the series, and those who have never encountered it before, this is a truly fantastic listen.
I was a bit skeptical at first, as I don't always enjoy audio play versions of books I've enjoyed, but this? This was marvelous. There were some new additions that weren't there the first go through, but nothing so big as to completely change the story. The various actors involved did a fantastic job of, yes, bringing the story alive.
This is very much worth a credit, even if only seven hours long.
I'm going to start this by saying that I am generally a fan of the author, and especially of all things Valdemar, and that I like this series as a whole. But this book, of the three I have so far read, smacked too much of Harry Potter for my tastes. I honestly think if she had not gone for her own version of Quidditch, I could have overlooked the other similarities as simply being the result of two fantasy-genre coming of age tales. But that game was just one thing too many.
That said, I will stress that this is not a complete ripoff. The story is different, the conclusion different, there's just so many similarities that it's distracting.
Seanan has always had a love of and interest in fairy tales. It shows through in glimpses in her other stories, and more clearly on her website, but in Indexing, she has finally found a way to really showcase it.
There are some similarities between this book and her other series, but it is very much unique, and it may actually supplant the October Day series as my favourite if it continues to be as good.
There are a number of plot twists, some of which I saw coming, some of which I did not. The narration is, as always, excellent, but I had to give it a 4 out of 5 for the "Nova Scotia accent" sounding like someone Irish. I'm not sure how one could describe our accent, but it's certainly not that.
If you've enjoyed Seanan's other books, try this. If you've never read anything by her before, and are a fan of fairy tales... buy this book. Heck, no matter what you like, buy this book. It's a fun ride, and you won't be disappointed.
I remember reading this book back when I was in Junior High, a long time before Harry Potter was a glealm in Rowling's eye. I remembered that I absolutely loved it, and its sequel (that was all my local library had). But all I remembered was the basic premise.
I bought this title only for the purposes of nostalgia. I was not prepared for how much it appealed as an adult. This is an intelligent book that treats the reader - presumably a child - as if they were also intelligent, and that is a really rare and precious thing. It deals with some pretty complex theories, and it works.
It is also a wonderful and engaging story that, to my immense surprise, really appeals to me as a 38 year old adult. The narration is extremely well done, and so while I would suggest this title for your child, I also would suggest it for you, yourself, dear reader of reviews. Whether you have a child or not.
First of all, the story is great. I actually prefer this to Belgareth, but then, Polgara was always a favoured character of mine. And I have to say, the narrator did a perfect job with her, did a great job of adding some emotions to her voice (especially the dry and sardonic aspects) and got some great accents, especially the Wacite peasant brogue.
That being said, there are two gripes. One big, one small. As others have said, she constantly mispronounced place names. It wasn't enough to ruin the book, but I did cringe every time she said "Mallorea".
The second is what she did to Ce'nedra. If she'd had a bigger part in the book, I'm not sure I could have kept going. It was the kind of voice I might have been alright with for, say, Queen Leila... but not our favourite tiny dryad.
For me, though, those were minor and unlike most, I really liked her voice. But those mistakes did lower my rating to a 3, instead of a 4.
Having read a number of Pratchett's non-Discworld books before, and enjoyed them, I was looking forward to this one. Even so, I was pleasantly surprised. It turns out that Dickensian London and the squallid, aromatic streets of Ank-Morpork have a lot in common, and this story could have taken place in either.
The story itself is enthralling. Not actually Pratchett's best, which is the only reason I gave it a 4 instead of a 5, but still great, and Briggs performance is just as good as it always is.
If you're considering getting this, but don't know if you'll enjoy a non-Discworld book, I'd encourage you to give in and do it. It's either a credit, or money, well spent.
Yes, I would, and have. Kevin Hearne's books are wonderfully witty, and literally make me laugh out loud, which many books don't. His word play is brilliant.
That... is a hard question to answer. In short, it does a superb job of bridging story arcs.
Only to the first three Iron Druid Chronicles books, but his performance is, as ever, kicking butt. His voice for Oberon never fails to crack me up.
Yes, and I more or less have. :)
While the wait wasn't too long, as I only discovered this brilliant author a few months ago, it seemed interminable. I'm relieved the wait for the fifth book, Trapped, is only until November.
I should also note that I do not often write reviews, but this is a new author that I am deeply impressed with. If you like Neil Gaimen and Jim Butcher, you should like Kevin Hearne. Yes, he's that good.
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