Characters were interesting and written with empathy. I learned a lot about transsexuals. This book was not great, not terrible.
I like battles in my fantasy novels as much as the next person, but in this book, the purpose of the characters is to provide a vehicle for the battles rather than the fighting helping to define the characters and move the story along. Would have liked more character and plot development. Narration was pretty good. I'm almost done and not sure if I will go on to the second book.
I enjoyed the characters, as well as the plot, in this book. Classic good (light) vs. evil (dark), etc. So not hugely original, but fun. My only criticism: if I hear "of some create" one more time, I'll go nuts! It was the author's favorite phrase and was way over done. He used it for EVERYTHING! Ahhhh!
I had high hopes for this as I love Sanderson's other books, but was disappointed. The characters seemed cliche and the writing was predictable. My view is that Sanderson should stick with epic fantasy. The narrator was well chosen as he sounds just like a geeky teenage boy, but could do the other voices well. All in all, it was just okay.
Steven Brand's voice is raspy - like a heavy smoker's voice. Not easy to listen to. In addition, he basically uses the same voice for narration and all the characters. You need to discern who is talking by what they are saying. That being said, I continued to listen because the story grabbed me. Great characters and story line. Can't wait for Book 2, but hope they get another narrator.
This isn't fantasy, it's a fairy tale. Very simplistic and predictable. I read about 2 hours and stopped. I can't understand the good reviews, except that they must be kids. If you are a kid, you'll enjoy it. If you are an adult, don't waste the credit or your time.
This book could have been half as long, as descriptions are way too lengthy. One wants to shout "I get it already!" I have my iPod set on the fast mode and have found myself skipping ahead. That being said, I grew to dislike the main character who is fatally flawed. I am about 20 hours into the 32 hour book and am not sure I will finish. It's like watching a train wreck in slow motion. I just want it to be over! If I do finish, it's because I am curious as to what is going to happen with the damn painting. The best part of the book is the narration which was very convincing.
Loved it the first time. Liked it just as much if not more the second time. Great characters (I loved them all), story, twists, narration, ending, etc. But, listened to it again after listening to the Chronicles. Was great fun recognizing the small bits of foreshadowing and tidbits that made you smile and say "oh, now that makes sense". This was clearly one of my all time favorite books.
This trilogy was very fast moving and engrossing. Interesting take on the nature of magic. However, I had a hard time liking the characters, especially Faye, who I thought was pretty one dimensional and hopelessly immature. Bronson Pinchot's narration was very good except for one criticism: all of his southern accents sound the same, and they are all very annoying. I have family from both Texas and Virginia, and none sound as inarticulate as these characters. I especially didn't like Faye's accent, and Jake's wasn't much better. And, wow, can you say obsessed with guns!? I read the author's biography and understand why. All in all, though, a good read (listen?).
As others have said, James Marsters IS Harry Dresden and it's like coming home to hear him narrate another wonderful novel full of the characters we have come to know and love. Oh yeah, and the plot is fun, as usual, too!
Didn't think I'd like this series as much as the Harry Dresden books, but I did! The narration is awesome. The story is fun, characters are fun, ending is fun. Did I say these books are fun? Can't wait for more Jim Butcher books!
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