If you haven't read any previous Christomanci books the ending will seemingly come out of nowhere. Even if you have read several previous Christomani books, the solution to the main plot will still seem rather contrived. It also has several spirtual and psychological consequences that adults may find disturbing that are completly ignored in the book. These consequences may or may not occur to younger readers.
The production quality was overall quite good. The narrator had a very expressive and clear voice.
The main character, Conrad, was rather likable. I really felt for him several times throughout the narrative. Chris was more likable than some of the other Crestomanci books, perhaps because Conrad had a very realistic view of him.
The narrator is good, if not very memorable.
The ending is a little convoluted. I found myself having to listen to it twice while trying to unravel the complicated exposition that is dumped on the listener near the end. This seems to be an ongoing problem with many of Dianne Wynne Jones' works.
Most of the voice cast was passable, but the main heroine's voice actress is atrocious. For some reason she recites all of her lines in the same angry indignant tone of voice whether she's supposed to be wistful, sad, happy, etc... It really affected my opinion of what would have otherwise been a fun audio book.
This book was a blast. I wish there were more superhero narratives like this to read. Modern comics have gotten so dark that it was really refreshing to find a book with such an old school fun mentality like this one.
The book has two narrators depending on the point of view. The Doctor Impossible parts were far better than the Fatale sections but hers weren't bad. The Doctor Impossible narrator gives a really bombastic larger than life take on the character, while still retaining his surprisngly human qualities. I found myself rooting for Dr. Impossible, despite him being an evil genius bent on taking over the world.
Overall it was a mildy fun book. It kept me entertained at work well enough. However, the author tries way too hard to be clever. The constant attempts to break the fourth wall really broke up the narrative flow of the story. The author even comments at one point that he was being annoying... Pointing that fact out doesn't somehow make it not annoying. Kids will probably be less frustrated by this than adults. Cheap meta narrative tricks are okay if you've never seen them before.
The narrator was quite good though, and helped take the edge off of some of the more obnoxious commentary. He had a very dynamic voice that conveyed the first person view well. He reallly brought the characters to life.
I went into the book knowing it would be rather silly. I had read two previous novels in the series. Despite their ridiculousness, they were still pretty fun. However, the main male character in The Immortal Highlander was really unlikable. I got through about a third of the book, and found myself wishing the main female character would leave the jerk behind and never look back. I stopped listening because I really didn't want to hear her inevitably succumbing to his so called "charms".
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