This book actually contributes to the EU and the Star Wars films. it broadened my view of Episodes 1,2,&3 and how they effect 4,5,&6. this book is fantastic and a must read/listen to for ANY fan of Star Wars whether you read other EU books or not
an excellent story that keeps you going. the language is more modern than any other fantasy book I have read or listened to, and frankly is a huge bonus making the narrative enthralling and easy to follow.
I will confess that at first I did not especially enjoy or dislike the reader's performance, I went into this book with nearly no foreknowledge of any of the contents, so the reader seemed a bit too youthful.However after a bit of preamble and the first chapter or so it made sense, and Nick Podehl does a great job at moving the book along.
the story follows the life of Kvothe, his unusual questions, talents, and the effects of having more than his fair share of just about everything as told by himself to a famous Chronicler.
it seems to me a rare thing that an author can me feel like I know characters as though they are old friends. to the point that finishing this listen, makes me sad in the same way as when I know that I will not see a good friend or brother for a long while.
this book seems to take a more human and practical look at magic, and how it could be the pride of a nation, but also how such a thing could be feared and despised as well as every grey area in between.
the writing style and cadence is paced, but not slow and moves with the story and events naturally. I personally found the footnotes enlightening and humorous, although I suspect that some may find them to be a bit of a distraction.
Simon Prebble only adds to the enjoyment of this book. although I have not listened to anything he has narrated before, I will be listening to some books solely because he is reading them.
His narration is rich and clear, and he seems to have no trouble keeping up with different cadences and intonations of the various characters.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a fun and whimsical tale that is vastly enhanced by Anne Hathaway's performance. Her reading is smooth and consistent with well timed intonations.
the dresden files book 1, a fun listen, James Marsters vocal ability adds a nice flair to the story and really hits the mark
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