Yes. I read the book a few years ago and enjoyed the light (weight) dark fantasy. Was thinking of reading it again and bought the audible instead. A wise choice. The narration gives it a whole new life, and Cook's work seems made for narration. Marc Vietor does a perfect Croaker. Will certainly be giving it a listen again in a year.
Most memorable? I think its the friendships within the company which no one ever owns up to.
Vietor's narration is perfect. The narration never feels like narration, Vietor draws you in and you soon forget its a narration.
I think Ericson called Cook the father of modern fantasy (maybe Tolkien being the kind old grandfather). Cook is like Ericson without the infinite complexity, that is why I call it light, you can listen to it without the immense plot trees and have no fear its not just a plotless LOST. Memorable characters in a character driven story.
Yes, in a few months. I think it was not as good as the first two, but it was as good in being part of the whole. I dreaded finishing it as I wanted to savoir it for longer. You care about the characters and that is the sign of a good author.
It brought the story to an end. The characters. The final scene.
He is as good as ever. Like watching a movie.
Oddly I cried (joining Lord of the Rings at the scene of Eowyn protecting the dyingin king).
I am impressed with the authors magic, the characters, the ability of the author to add randomness. The amazing ability of the narrator. I find it hard to find the incentive to watch a movie after listening to the combination of this author and the narrator.
The dialog is also excellent in the sense of sounding conversational.
I laughed, I cried and I enjoyed.
Characters, plot, narration, alternative history. Likeable characters (and the not so), excellent plot around magic and the alternative history.
Hmm, to many.
Bronson Pinchot sets the new standard for me. He is excellent, the accents, different voice for each character. Other male narrators need to listen to how he does women. Amazing.
The audible is better than any movie.
Highly recommended for magic in the 20th Century. Likeable characters, excellent alternative reality, great magic system. The third part is in print later in the year, but with Bronson's superb narration I may have to wait for the Audible release (or if I read the print I will certainly also grab the audible).
Sought of, I kept listening, but had a nagging about the universe. The plot seemed worthwhile, but the environment seemed to be a 21st Century transplanted into the 27th (?). Technology seemed old, the "walkers" seemed liked Humvees. The assault rifles like M-16s. I felt it went a bit fast, maybe the author should have let a year or two go buy to forge the loyalties...
Yes. But in this particular read she was rather monotone with regards to emotion of the main character.
I felt the "love interest" was a bit gratuitous. Tech seemed 20th/21st Century. Aliens were too human for my liking. At times it felt like cut-scenes glued together. Maybe I am being a bit harsh here, but it did feel like it lacked a SF element. This was my first book from Dietz, and will probably head back to authors who spend more time on character building.
I love Cherryh's Known Space series and will buy any of them in Audible, except if Troxell is involved. His murdering of the female characters is akin to what Highlander 2 did to Highlander! Have I lost Mallory? At the moment I believe so. The sad part is I liked his overall style, but nearly choked when he turned on that strange teenage girl voice for Mallory.
Too many to mention, the book is a masterpiece.
Only if all the characters are male.
I have read Downbellow station many times, and am amazed at C.J's skill at creating a timeless masterpiece.
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