I haven't read the printed version, so it's hard to say. But the performance is fine, and allows us to engage in the story, so it works great as an audio book.
This story is an easy read (or listen), with an engaging story, likable characters and enough court intrigue to make things interesting. Although you can guess where the romantic interest will be rather early on, as "brain candy" this story is the perfect entertainment when you don't want to think too hard afterwards. At the same time, it's not so fluffy and light that your teeth will ache (as per the candy reference).
Sharon Shinn has created a very interesting world in this novel, and I'd love to read more stories from it.
I liked the heroine, but over all I thought most of the characters were well thought out and performed. Sometimes Van Dyck couldn't keep the accents straight, but it wasn't much of a problem.
Go listen to this! :)
This is a very interesting book, with good characters (the stereotypical witch-haters are unfortunately all too believable) and a nice twist to the historical past. I enjoyed it very much and am looking forward to listening to the next book.
The readers are very good, but the switches between who's reading isn't always consistent. The story's told from different perspectives, so the reader changes when the point of view changes. Sometimes you get two readers having a dialogue, but it's annoying when you in the next chapter *don't* get the dialogue (maybe because it's a too small part of the chapter for there to be two readers present, I don't know) and you have to "get used to" a new voice for one of the characters. This, I think, is not a problem caused by the readers, but by the people deciding which chapters should be read by whom.
But this is not something that should put you off the book in itself, especially if you like historical fantasy in the first place.
Helen Simonson fills her novel with interesting, realistic characters that you can't help but care about, even the ones that makes you want to shake reason into their silly, selfish heads. Her description of a small English village and all its inhabitants is at times funny, at times frustrating and always believable (unfortunately).
I love the fact that the main characters aren't young or in their prime, it's very refreshing and makes you reflect about life not being over just because you've passed the age of seventy. Also, the love story (or rather, love stories) is rather heart-breaking at times.
I love this book. Go read it.
Bahni Turpin sucks you into the story with her voice, gives the Downside characters a great accent and overall is a great story teller.
The love story in this book actually made me cry at one point. It has been building up from the first two books, the intensity ever increasing. I finished the second book yesterday (I think), and just had to start on this one right away - it was such a cliff hanger at the end and I had to know if she ended up happy - or as happy as Chess could ever be. Also, Chess' selfdestructive actions have made me want to bang her head in a wall quite a few times.
A great series. I love the concept of the ghosts and the Church, and I like the quotes from different Church books at the beginning of each chapter.If you haven't read the first two books in the series, you must do so. Don't miss out on this action-thriller world.
I would probably listen to Tricked again sometime - although I seldom read books over again. I love the Iron Druid series, and their high entertainment value should be experienced more than once.
Although Kevin Hearne creates marvelous characters all around, with flaws and strengths that make them feel real, I must say I have a special place in my heart for Oberon. His hilarious antics, sausage obsession and loyal heart (well, he IS a dog) and unending projects based on the stories Atticus tells him, make him the sweetest thing you ever did see (or hear). Also, Luke Daniels has made an excellent voice for him.
The voices he has made for the different characters fit perfectly. I read the first three books, but now I'm considering buying them in audio version as well - he's that great a story teller. The only one that doesn't fit in my head is the Morrigan - but who can properly make a voice that sounds like it comes from a grave vault?
He also pronounces the Norse words correctly, so I assume he does it for the other mythology words as well. Always nice to hear them said the right way.
I love this urban fantasy - the wittiness and the pace, the great characters, and the plot that involves different mythologies. Kevin Hearne has done his homework for the background stories and history, and that takes this series to the "excellent" level for me.
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