Storyline had promise. Author chose to write a romance novel, based almost entirely on sensuality. Plot is inane, drags. Have listened to 6 hours and thought it would be a good novel from the way it started. Now, 6 hours in, I don't know the details of why the "heroine" was imprisoned. I don't know why the "hunk" is drawn to her. The greatest thought process that I can imagine is: why is he drawn to her? One meeting in a bar years ago - it's all sensual, no depth, they're already "melded spirits", if I hear "he brushed her (lips, skin, neck) and said 'hush' ", one more time, I think I'll commit suicide.
I am a sci-fi, fantasy addict - have over 1600 books, read well over 3000 in my lifetime. If you mean harlequin novels, yes. sci-fi/fantasy - never.
None - just story development with "real" people - not caricatures.
The combination story and plot. Surprises were plentiful without "reaching" to unforeseen and unexplained character development and plots. I always attempt to map out where the story is going and why characters are being driven to do... This was a real treat with my guesses turning out about 50% right; and when I was wrong, a line could be drawn though earlier actions / character development. explaining the characters' actions.
Character development and interaction. Surprises that kept the storyline fresh.
Great narration. Many readers try to do the English brogue and become all but unintelligible. Kate did a great job of walking that line.
No - book was talk, talk, talk... Story went nowhere. Book ended in the middle of a conversation. Seemed like "we have bored them enough - let's stop!". I have enjoyed the Honor Harrington series and was looking forward to the next installment, This was one of the biggest disappointments I have ever had!
Probably... Others have been great, but will give him one more try. If next book is this bad, will not read another.
No scene was worth the reading.
Main characters were well fleshed out and "heroes" demonstrated morals that were elevated beyond what we get in most books, leading us to admire them.
Kate did an excellent job with this book. Most with a British accent come across with a heavy brogue, which at times, makes it hard for me to understand. Kate's was light and the enunciation was excellent, lending itself to the characters and moving the story along.
Secondary characters (motivations, desires, etc.) were somewhat stilted / straw figures. Would like more time spent developing the anti-heroes. Still, an excellent read.
No - will look closely to zero out this author and narrator though.
Every way, intonation, everyone was same voice, just awful.
Couldn't stand to listen long enough to know the characters. After 20 - 30 minutes I had enough torture.
Only book I have gotten that I want to shred...
A lot of action, with some very interesting characters. Cursing could be done away with and still retain "flavor" of character. Reads more like a comic book, but there is some interesting byplay that keeps you coming back (esp. Seraphim and John interaction). Needs more realism - can't explain any better.
Seems to be Action, Character development, Action, New twist, Action, Character development, new plot, Action, Action,... Needs something "deeper". Although there are really stunning characters, because of the way the characters are developed, they seem to be comic book with some interesting twists. Characters march across the "screen" displaying all kinds of traits that are not explained until much later. Seems more characterization is needed before they are brought to the forefront of the action, kept there for ages, then finally, some of the "quirks" are explained. If the reader could "empathize" with the characters sooner, it would make the books more enjoyable. Don't put undeveloped characters in the forefront for long periods of time without developing the character first. There may be some "hidden things", but it seems all the characters drive across the page, all with these hidden motivations. The brightest character (pun intended) for me is the Seraphim. She is developing / revealing nicely. John is starting to come along and keeps me interested.
Feel Nick Sullivan's performance is outstanding with the plethora of characters he has to represent. Some of the Russian characters seem to sound the same, but what can you do with no explanation of how they should sound (except for Vicky).
This is a good series, but better characterization (without cursing) and plot development would greatly enhance the series. Too much emphasis on Action without plot development.
In previous books, there was more interplay between the "minor" players (i.e. maidens and Dragon Reborn). Realize there was much to cover, but missed the levity this provided. Only one place in the entire book where this was somewhat brought out, but seemed "forced" - did not flow.
The book is interesting and brings a "finality" to the series. Don't understand some of the epilogue (lighting pipe with none of the powers, but I guess we can use our imaginations. Overall the book was well laid out and brought realism ti the final book.
Performances were good, but feel that the narrators tones were flat at times - no emotion.
Enjoyed the book. Minor negative comments.
This is my second Jim Butcher / Dresden book and it was an excellent read. Full of self-deprecating humor and plenty of suspense (how is he going to get out of this). Didn't think I would like this type of book, but it was very entertaining and took my mind off the world for about 8 hours!
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