I've tried several times to stick with this story, and I've finally given up about 5 hours before the end. Maybe I'll go back to it sometime. Clearly this is a first novel. It's more like a travelogue combined with reading myriad letters. I picked this because of its length -- long stories with extensive character development and historical relevance are my favorites; however, this story could have been told using 75% less words. Lots of repetition doesn't work for me.
The book description promises more than what is ultimately provided. I will have to read the other two installments to get the complete story. The Sir Benfro series was probably submitted as one complete work of fiction, and the publisher likely chopped it into three books. Mind you, I am enjoying the story--it's easy going and the narration is good. I do need SOMETHING to listen to while I wait for the next books from Diana Gabaldon and George R.R. Martin! And, yes, I know the writings of Gabaldon and Martin are in a completely different class.
I read the book several years ago and I was iffy on the direction Todd McCaffrey was taking the story. I decided to give it another chance and really liked it, and Dick Hill's narration of the story is superb. If you're a fan of the Pern series, I recommend this title.
There's something about the entire trilogy, which begins with The Hunger Games, that resonates with current developments worldwide, with scientific developments, back to nature, brute survival. Don't let this comment throw you off; it's just a great story. I've listened to the trilogy twice and I'm looking forward to the rest of the movies. I find it interesting that the trilogy is listed as being a Scholastic publication. I'm a senior citizen, and although it may be directed to younger demographics, it certainly entertained me.
I've listened to this book twice in the past month. The characters, the actors, and the story keep me coming back. It's not for the reader who wants everything in order and wrapped up. There is a challenge for the reader and I happen to like puzzles. This will be a book I revisit many times.
I didn't know what to expect from this book, and was delighted with all aspects. I haven't read any of the vampire series, but after reading Wolf Gift, and the Mayfair Witches, I decided to give this a try. I was not disappointed. The second book in the series is also worthy of consideration. I hope this will be a long series.
Woe is me that I ever selected this audio book. I had high hopes for the story idea; however, the storyline development is much, much too predictable.. The performance is flat...the intonation never changes--the narrator sounds worried through the entire presentation, but perhaps she was directed to sound that way. I had to really stick with it to get to the end.
I use the word "Saga" loosely, as I hope Anne Rice is working on sequels. This book introduces a very interesting take on a werewolf family storyline. I enjoyed Ron McLarty's performance except for the women, but this did not distract noticeably from appreciating the storyline. I will listen to this one more than once.
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