YES! Royce and Hadrian are written so well that they seem like friends...I miss them in between books and it is difficult to find other books as engaging.
The friendship and comedy between the two leads.
Hadrian or Royce...hard to choose.
Even though each story is stand alone, these books leave the reader craving more. The author suggests reading the first three books, Riyria Revelations, first even though chronologically the others come first, and I agree. There are minor points in The Rose and Thorn that won't mean anything on their own, even being invisible to a first time reader, but that add a lot to the understanding of the characters when you have already read the three Revelations.
Immersing into this rich universe of extremely well developed characters and story lines.
While many may compare it to The Lord Of the Rings, I like this WOT series much better. The characters are richer, the story lines clearer and farther reaching, and the comedy here and there is the frosting on a delicious treat!
They give tone of voice and mannerisms to each character. Since they do a great job of creating new voices, they make it easier to learn and remember who each character is and their names without having to flip back pages to be sure...you KNOW that new character when you hear them!
YES! Impossible, but yes.
I am a busy super-mom, president of a successful business and occasional university instructor and I am on at least my 5th time of listening to this series. Years go by between, but no other fantasy series has ever been as good as coming back to these guys. I have saved the last book until I had time to start at the beginning and enjoy them all again. Each time I pick up some detail I missed. The characters are like old friends.
Yes. This reader has the perfect voice for this subject, and I believe gives the correct nuances.
Everyone should understand the forces that shape our relationships and society as a whole. By teaching us the roots of empathy vs the roots of sociopaths, the author creates a powerful tool in the reader.
Hmmm, I have two....the interactions with the Raven, and how the author first approaches the boy in the cage.
No, because each case sparked very interesting family discussions.
I want to encourage, no...IMPLORE, everyone who works with children to read it. The author explores how our brains develop sequentially, how this is affected by life experiences, and how those effects shape our personalities. Reading this should be a requirement for teachers, and parents will find it fascinating. If you think your kids are being given too much homework, your gut is right and he explains why....and so much more! The true case stories he relates will grip you.
Exciting, intelligent, engaging
The romantic dinner in the tent had great comedy.
She is always excellent...my favorite reader. Listening to her and her fantastic ability to create separate voices and vocal speech patterns really allows me to fall into the story and forget that it is just being read...after listening to a book she has read, I feel like I saw the movie!
In a future where the powerful and wealthy have become lazy and complacent, the hero rises from obscurity and reminds them of the value of intelligence, perseverance, thinking outside the box, a good heart and a great upbringing just in time to save the world from oblivion by taking paths that no one else could see or were brave enough to take.
I am hoping for a continuation...picking up maybe 10 years later? Jim Butcher impresses us with his writing...his knowledge of human nature, his ability to lay out all sides of a problem in depth, and then create solutions that were not easily seen, make for an extremely intelligent, thought provoking read. If he can use this same type of thinking himself on the fly, I would vote for him for president!
This is a quick, fun read. I was happy to find a sequel. The characters are believably normal people that just happen to be dealing with some no-so-normal issues. The love story is light and fun, and the plot is interesting and not so straight forward as to be transparent. I could read ten of these...the characters are bright, funny and have enough depth that you care about them.
The first time she meets her guy.
It took me a little bit to get used to her, but she brings out the wit in the characters very well.
I was delighted to find such a fun book!
This has got to be at least my 6th time listening to POD. Never before has a series of books grabbed onto me like these have. Every listen I find new nuances that I missed the first time, more depth to already deep characters and story lines. Everyone should have the opportunity to hear these books!
All the other Wheel of Time books! Many people compare these to the Lord of the Rings books, but I like the WOT series MUCH better. The reader can identify with the characters a lot more closely, the story lines are richer, character development makes you feel that you could meet one of these characters in a pub and comfortably chat for hours. They really need to be made into movies!
Just like their others, this one is a mastery of voices, expression, and great acting coming through.
Wanted to? YES, but the book is too long to make that practical. These books are my housework friends, driving to work companions, exercising fellows....
I have listened to books a tenth as long that felt ten times longer to listen to. The story is so rich, the characters and reading so excellent, that even a twenty hour book leaves you wanting more.
The comedy and the attitude of the characters, especially the primaries. I bought this book quickly...found myself on a 30 hour road trip with everyone else sleeping. I bought this on a whim to try something different and really enjoyed it. Driving time flew by and I wish I could jump right into the next book!
She is a great choice for this character. I would like to read more with these two characters and have already looked into other books by this author. I hope Amanda reads those as well. Her voice fit very well with the snarky attitude of the lead, and I found myself lost in the story as if I was watching a movie.
"moved me?", no....not that kind of book. This was an all out, action packed, romantic leaning, fun read for anyone. Lots of comedy, lots of rooting for the characters.
This is a good introductory book for readers interested in the modern vampire genera. Kind of a "vampire lite" read. Lots of fun! I couldn't wait to get back to it and was sorry when it was finished.
Maybe...there are surprises that are only good for the first read, but then again, knowing what I know now would change how I perceived the beginning. If this question means "am I glad I chose this book?" then YES. It was an unusual find and I was not able to figure out what came next, so it was a refreshing read in that way. The characters came to life well enough. There should be a caveat somewhere that lets readers know that to fully appreciate the story you MUST listen to the add-on parts at the end. It helps to be a Star Trek fan, but the story is fun for any intelligent reader who is willing to have fun with reality.
This book is very unusual...I can't think of another book to compare, but my kids watch Dr. Who and it could compare to some of those story lines.
He puts a lot of energy into the performance, but I only gave three stars as I prefer when the reader plays the characters with such varied voices that the "he said, she said's" are cut to a minimum. (As in the readings of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer in the Wheel of Time series, or Jim Dale reading the Harry Potter books.)
When you find out what is really going on....so much confusion all of a sudden makes sense.
I almost stopped reading when the writer seemed unfamiliar with the Trek universe (cell phones!!?) but it was all part of the overall plan and eventually all made sense! So glad I stuck with it!
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