I'm still in Part 4, but I'm really enjoying the whole story line. I'll agree that I wish there were longer pauses when the book transitions from one perspective to the next. There have been quite a few times where I didn't realize the previous perspective had ended and a new one began.
I also have some issues with the narrators accent, but for me it's only when he says "exploritory", which comes out more like "exploditody". And he says it quite a number of times throughout the whole book.
I also have issue with the way the audio was mixed for Part 1. There was no balance between high's and low's. One moment the narrator is accenting a word, blowning out your ear's, and so I turn the volume down on my Ipod. The next, he's whispering so low that I can't hear a thing and have to turn it up, only to have my ears yelled in a few seconds later. Part 1 almost made me give up on the book. But I'm glad I didn't because the audio problems seem to be resolved by Part 2.
The depth that Hamilton gives his characters personalities, even when they are the shallowest of individuals, really draws you into the story. And as should be when creating a strange new world, the comprehensable detail he gives to the foreign worlds, aliens, and technologies has kept me listening for hours. I can't wait to listen to the rest of the story, yet I don't want it to end. An excelent buy!
The most gripping and suspenseful of the WoT series, in my opinion. Couldn't have imagined a more fitting conclusion to this wonderful series.
The characteristic copious amounts of detail that Jordan/Sanderson have always provided. I couldn't help but be sucked into the plot and see every little detail unfold as if I were right there with all the main characters.
I have. This one is just as great as all the other WoT books. Michael Kramer did a particularly good job on his reading of AMoL.
Can the light prevail?
With so many story lines complicatedly woven into this epic, I was worried that the book wouldn't answer them all. I was so happy to have all my worries dispelled by Jordan/Sanderson. I couldn't have imagined a better ending...in fact, I wasn't even able to imagine the one that I got! Even with having read all the other WoT books a couple of times, AMoL kept me on my toes. I had no idea what was going to happen next, and when it did happen, I was thrilled that I never would have guessed it to happen the way it did. Jordan did his series a monumental service in choosing Sanderson to complete his work. If I had never known that Jordan had died, I would have assumed that he had been the one who wrote the last three books. A fitting end to this amazing series.
I appreciate how the different narrators for each character help you, as the listener, to accept the different perspective of each character. The pace the narrators use make it easy to grasp the concepts presented and emotions each character is feeling. Plus Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators.
The Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card.
Multiple characters throughout the book, great narration, typical fantastic writing by OSC.
The final scenes which help tie this story into other Ender-verse books.
I appreciate the writer's reason for writing this story, which is highlighted in the author's comments at the end of the book. Although I myself am not a parent and cannot fully empathize with the idea of contemplating ones children when facing mortality, I can sympathize quite well with OSC's deft story telling.
I can understand Tor and OSC's desire to try a new book format to create a cheaper price point for printed books. However, I wish that Card would have tried this out on a book not in such a great saga like the Bean saga. Especially one that begins to tie together the end of the Ender saga. I was left wanting more story from the book **spoiler alert** especially with the death of Bean at its end. This is the reason I did not rate 5 stars all the way.
I'm a huge OSC fan, and Pathfinder has seriously whetted my appetite for the following books in this series. Some may feel that this book is a bit too predictable...which it is. But looking at the book from the end, it seems an elaborate set-up for the rest of the series. OSC has created this really neat world with all it's very interesting complexities, but the explanation of it all takes a lot of set-up.
I will say that it took me a while to straiten out the different stories that run through the book. At first it was a bit confusing, but it works itself out. I really enjoyed the different narrators narrating from the different perspectives. It gave the book some nice flavor. I just wish Scott Brick had a greater roll in the narration. Stefan Rudnicki's voice takes a bit to ease into, but I found that I always welcomed his narration when the story switched back to his perspective.
I can't wait for Book 2!
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