The meat of the book was great. Really gave one the impression of the life of 17th century Italy was really like (I have no frame of reference, but it certainly had the air of believability). My only complaint is the ending was a bit anti-climactic. It fit, but I felt like he wrapped it up took quickly and didn't get into it as much as I would have liked.
The narrator was incredible as well. Really brought the characters to life for me.
Probably. If you listen at 2x, it sounds like monty python.
I hate greek Philosophy, but was going to a forum on this particular topic. The listen was so much better then to slog through the text.
I have not listened to a full cast before. That being said, this one was terrific.
I've enjoyed every installment of this series. I am more interested in the roset aliens than the grodoche (or however you spell either of those).
I empathized with the protagonist the whole time.
The honesty in the face of adversity.
There are too many to count. I was chewing my nails and laughing hysterically (I'm sure many a passerby, while I rode my bike and started laughing, wondered what I found so funny about them).
He's on my list of authors to watch.
I almost gave up on it. The beginning was a bit trite. I got interested as the characters became more developed. It seems to be enders game, mixed with lord of the flies and just a touch of the hunger games thrown in. I will likely get the next one.
The narrator was OK, but couldn't really do authoritative mail voices well. I look forward to the next in the series, though I could have done without the Monarchy drivel. Fortunately it wasn't key to the book.
Three, of course. He evolved subtly over the book.
Masterful and distinctive voices. His evil characters tended to sound like meth-heads from KY, but I can deal with that.
I though I may have been tricked into a Zombie novel. The universe in question wasn't well explained, I suspect it will be in later books. There are zombie like things in there, but I bought the method they become zombies, and that wasn't really the focus.
Simon did an excellent job of creating distinct voices for each character.
This is a very violent, foul mouthed but utterly believable book. If you are particularly offended by a disparaging look at religion, are prudish or offended by foul language, this probably isn't the book for you (if you are familiar with his work in any way, this won't come as as shock). In my view, these do not distract from the narrative, but make it more believable.
I only got this book because of the narrator, the summary didn't really appeal to me. Once the plot devices were explained, I bought in. The book started out good. It was a bit disconcerting though as it felt like the maturity level and the intelligence of the characters shifted as the point of view of the narrator changed. Not sure if that was intentional or not, but I didn't care for it. It wasn't just a "blind spot" change, it was more dramatic.
The character Wednesday started out being voiced as a highly intelligent if defiant teenage girl. When the point of view shifted to another character, she sounded like a whimpering, somewhat slow brat.
Also the motivation, at least what one could glean of it, of the bad guys seemed, to me, to be a bit shallow. The book appears to have been written with a next volume in mind. Haven't made up my mind if I'll continue the series.
I stopped listening to another book when I saw this was out. As I've noted on the other books, it's fairly non-stop action. This one was a bit more of a cliff hanger than the other two though.
No, once is enough
I thought the alien interaction was believable. Seemed to be written more from a linguist point of view though, not from a technologists. The "aliens" could have been more alien with respect to tech. That aside, it was a great listen.
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