I am happy to present this book with 5 stars, although I had my doubts. The narration is decent, though some of the voices are a bit weak in my opinion. Initially I had no interest in the book, but my wife insisted I listen. As always, she was right heh.
I would indeed. I have listened to Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow multiple times. in addition to the Earth Unaware prequel trilogy, these are the only Ender's Game stories I have really liked.
I liked Achilles, an interesting and creepy antagonist.
I enjoy all these guys immensely, Scott, Gabrielle, Stefan, the whole team, all great.
I suppose so, loved the story, loved seeing much of Ender's Game from another perspective.
If you enjoyed Ender's Game, you will want Ender's Shadow. An amazing companion novel, that works to expand on the stories and characters of Ender's Game perfectly. I so much enjoyed learning more about Bean, and his perilous plight. Now as far as the Ender/Bean novels, these were really the only two I wanted to relisten to. I couldn't get into the Ender in exile branch-off, and the subsiquent stories after Ender's Shadow that follow the other students from battle school just are not anywhere as good as these two. Now I have enjoyed the Earth Unaware prequel stories, but they are not really Ender-related per say, merely a story of the events years before Ender was born.Overall, a must have for any Ender fan. Bean is facinating, and so much fun to root for!
I have, and now we both eagerly await the next installment.
Arlen - I found him sympathetic, interesting, and a bad@$$ to boot. Great lead character!
I enjoyed Pete's narration, he doesn't offer a huge variety of voices, but enough so that I wasn't lost on who was speaking. I also find his voice interesting, it held my attention when he's reading.
No need, good title. I think the european title is "The Painted Man" which is also okay.
Overall I was, and still am, enthralled with this story. I have relistened to all three (so far) numerous times, and continue to enjoy each re-read. I've gotten a few people to listen, and now we all wait excitedly for "The Skull Throne" to come out.
This certainly is a dark series, full of gore, sex (incest, rape, ect.), violence, and lots of disturbing elements. Not a story for the weak of heart. Now I am not sensitive to these themes, but some listeners may be.
A wonderfully addictive series, so much so that just by writing this review, I want to listen again! :-) Well worth a credit
The series overall ranks in my top 5 for sure. Loved all the books, listened to them multiple times.
Eh, not sure, maybe vaugly to the Artimis Fowl series? But not quite as "kiddy" as the fowl books.
My favorite scene would be a spoiler, so I shall keep it to myself, whatcha gonna do about it, huh? that's right, nothing sucka! just listen and enjoy people.
Oh yes, cried like a little girl who stubbed her pinky toe against the corner of the door frame. I listen at work when I can, and I had to wear sun-glasses to make sure no one knew my eyes were all puffy. Gotta maintain my stoic demeanor.
A story/series everyone should read/listen to. I've suggested it to all the avid readers I know, just a fantastic series. I cried numerous times, I pondered the meaning of life, I cursed human weakness, and praised the awesome power a child can wield. Loved so many characters, I just can't say enough how much I enjoyed His Dark Materials. Listen and enjoy, and bring sunglasses just in case. :-)
Loved the series, no way i could have stopped before finishing the whole tale. I always looks at series as a whole story, so in a sense, this is just the final chapters of a book I enjoyed :-)
Sebriel and Lirael, similar characters, similar world, similar magic system... Almost identical come to thing of it, I wonder if he stole his ideas from those books, best look into it. :-)
The final conflicts are exciting and fun, a bit emotional too.
If such a moment existed, would I spoil it for you by telling it to you now? No, I wouldn't. But yes, there are some powerful moments in this series.
Honestly, I almost don't see much reason to do reviews for books at the end of a series, because if you made it past the first, you'll likely enjoy the following books, and read them all regardless of what the reviews say, that is if you are like me. But anyway, I did enjoy this book, and the series as a whole. Not the best fantasy out there, but worth the credits certainly if this is your genre. Wish they had audio books of more of Garth's stories, loved the Seventh tower series too.
While not #1 on my list, this series still holds a high rank is my lists for fantasy.
The Disreputable Dog, I want one!
Eh, bad question. While he is a good voice actor, I would have wanted a female voice actor for a series with female leads... Sorry Timmy, just not right for you.
I don't know if I had extreme reactions, but i certainly enjoyed this book, and its series.
Another great addidtion to the series, If you enjoyed Sebriel, keep it up with Lirael and Abhorsen. Great series, great fun :-)
On a completley unrelated note, can we add spell-check to the reviews? I can't spell for crap, and I don't want people to think my reviews are less relivent because I write like a sixth grader, eh... And no offense sixth graders, I'm sure some of you could easily out-write me haha!
I would, for fantasy readers / listeners. It's a good story, with interesting characters, and an interesting magic system.
Sabriel certainly, gotta love a bad@$$ female lead :-)
Personally I feel that they should have cast a female voice actor *cough* Kate Redding *cough-cough*, but Tim Curry did okay. No caracters stood out as fantastic as far as voice acting.
Well I don't know about all in one sitting, but I did listen to the series back-to-back without jumping to other books, take that at face value I suppose.
I read this series before I listened to it, and enjoyed it just as much in audio format. I love the world, and expecially the magic system - mixing fantasy and semi-modern weapons was a lot of fun. This being the first book was great, and I feel the series as a whole was a good listen, I would suggest it to any fantasy buffs :-)
Yet another book that I cannot point my finger at a sigle aspect I most enjoyed, loved the entire book. :-)
So hard to select just one, but a favorite would be Lee Scoresby, and Hester of course.
Well the entire series is full cast audio, and they all seemed good to me, a little different, but not bad. Though if memory serves, Will's voice actor changes from book 2 to 3.
Don't. Make. Another. Film. They ruined the first, lets stop before it gets worse, ugh...
I can't say enough about how much I enjoy this series. If you liked the first book, this is more of the same, wonderful story-telling. Some new characters, and many returning favorites, should please all fans of the series. :-)
Fun, addicting, different.
I find picking out a single aspect to express as my favorite, very difficult. It's the story as a whole that I enjoy so much.
Well I have many, but the first to jump to my mind are the battles involving the armored bears, so much fun! :-)
Yes, and I have. I've listened to, and read this entire series, numerous times. It doesn't get old to me, I have a vast library, but still have found myself relistening to this series.
I fell in love with this series as a child, and have continued enjoying it throughout my adult life. Although it is advertised as a "young adult" series, I don't feel that is a fair description. It is a great read for any age.
I have encouraged many people to read / listen to this series with mixed results. Some people have struggled initally getting into the story because it's a little strange, to those folks I say just keep listening, it gets better. Also, I have heard some complaints about the full cast audio. Personally I don't mind at all, it is interesting to have a little variety in my audio books :-)
Perhaps listeners with sensitive religous beliefs may have minor issues with this series, but I would point out that this is set in a different universe that has no correlation to actual religous institutions. And beyond that, it's just a book - calm down people
Ok, firstly I want to address the folks who have complained about the foul language: this is how our service members talk to one-another. I have worked with soldiers and marines alike, and can promise you that this language does not result from a lack of vocabulary nor does it stem from a simple mind. This is just how these guys talk to each other, and I believe that the author was trying to allow the reader/listener to feel like they are standing next to these guys, as real as possible. And as for the gore, this is a war story, what would you expect?! Now ranting aside, this was an amazing story and I found myself listening for hours at a time, not wanting to leave the car. An emotional story that brought tears to my eyes a few times. I appreciate the way this man opened himself within the story and told it just how he saw it, with no sugar on top. Well worth the credit, GET IT!
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and the narration is some of the best I’ve heard along with the Happy Potters books. Though clearly a young reader’s book, I still loved it being a 25 year old guy. I couldn’t buy the following stories fast enough, even had to buy a few before I had more credits available. I have enjoyed many books in this genre including the Harry Potter books, His Dark Materials (Golden Compass, Subtle Knife, and the Amber Spyglass), as well as the Percy Jackson saga. I feel this ranks right up there with the aforementioned stories and would fervently advise anyone who enjoyed those stories to listen to these :-]
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