Bettendorf, IA, United States | Member Since 2011
The character development is always great with King, but this is such a concise, short story that precision is paramount to a great story. He hits the mark brilliantly, and it's a beautiful, rich story of the brotherhood of man, and the good and ill that individuals are capable of. Frank Muller was fantastic as always.
I allowed the cover & a few positive reviews to lure me into buying this book. I don't often write negative reviews but this is not a credit happily spent, for me anyway. Stilted language, very one dimensional characters, & names either too alien or ridiculous (Father Omine stands out) just made this feel like wasted time. I stuck it out. The story had just enough juice to make me think it might get better or have a decent payoff, but for me, it was a slog. And the narration was a bit to overdramatic, too. Any story that doesn't use contractions can get caught up in that overly soap operish feel if the narrator isn't careful and/or skilled...but mostly, it was just the writing.
Peter V Brett continues to hold my attention with a truly great story - and piss me off with a cliffhanger- one thing I hate is being left with a cliffhanger.
Still, I'll continue this journey as the characters are so fully formed & unlike many if not most series, there are worthy and honorable characters on both sides, though I prefer the Greenland Hollowers above all others, & I've chosen my "side"....the point is, Brett weaves a tale where the dilemmas are not always black & white, lending real humanity to the telling.
Fight scenes & magic can sometimes get wearisome in the genre, but Brett stops short of using it so much that I lose interest.
And Pete Bradbury is astounding. He came make any character come to full being...whether an imperious royal, an sturdy yet less well-spoken Greenlander, or the the Warded Man or Jadir, he comes through with a true voice, and that goes as well for the many strong female characters - Leesha Paper, Inerva, Renna Bales and so many others- throughout the series who could have been destroyed in lesser hands (or vocal chords, as it were).
Hopefully Bradbury will continue as the story progresses...many other series have been killed or maimed by changing narrators or even, as in the Game of Thrones series, just not reviewing previous voices & continuing with them.
Anyway/ if you like epic fantasy, magic, war sagas, or just great character development, I recommend the series. But start at the beginning, or you'll lose much in the telling.
This is a book I had relegated to the wish list for that "someday" I'd want to take a chance on it...I'm so glad the day came & now anxiously look forward to another book by Helene Wecker. As for Mr Guidall, he is undoubtably among the best in the business. I always feel like a book is in masterful care when he narrates. Highly recommend The Golem & the Jinni!
Adrian McKinty's first novel worked its way into my bloodstream and though I'm only a third of the way into his latest effort, it's already a five star experience. I've yet to travel to the land of my forebears but having read McKinty's bibliography, at least I'll have a small handle on the slang if I ever encounter paramilitants, the peelers, or anyone from Coronation Road.
The McKinty novels I've encountered to date are crime fiction, to be sure, but they are also historically close to the bone pieces of beautifully written character studies with sometimes crass, sometimes poetic prose that can stop you in your tracks with wonder.
And Gerard Doyle does a beautiful job. I'm glad the publishers didn't screw around with the engineering on this series...it's always disappointing to fall in love with the characters in a series only to have every voice dramatically change.
Highly recommend the author and narrator. Well worth the credit or cash- just plan on reading everything he's written one you buy his first.
I enjoy a wide range of books, & just came off of a 5 book epic fantasy series when choosing Norwegian By Night as a change of pace. But this is a change of pace from anything I've listened to in some time. Unique, character driven, almost poetic prose at times, and suspenseful...this was a superb audiobook (& the narrator was well chosen- he did a fantastic job).
I bought the first book of this trilogy on sale; and was swept away into many consecutive nights of little sleep as I devoured them all. Fantastic storytelling, characters (& character development), and perfect narration. I'm hooked!
Love this series, as well as the Don Winslow stand alone novels. He's become a top tier, "go-to" novelist for me & I can't recommend his work enough. My only criticism is that soon I'll have plowed through his entire bibliography...
3rd book of Mr Winslow's I've read & all have been excellent. Great character development and in depth, realistic storylines. Loved it.
I read/listened to The Godfather a year ago, long after loving all the films. And was disappointed. This is the second Don Winslow book I've read (Savages was the first) & I'm hooked. His writing is gritty & tight, but bottom-line for me is the authenticity. It's what will translate into my reading his entire catalog, rather than an odd one here or there. Solid book from start to finish- and a great finish, by the way.
I try to think of the feelings of writers & so don't often write negative reviews, and since it appears many others have done so I'll just say that, even at a discount, I wondered how this book got made- much less an audio version. Editing and additional drafts with more depth and better character & story development might have made an interesting concept something more...sorry to say, this lacked all the important elements.
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