Hartland, WI, United States | Member Since 2008
This series has gone drastically downhill. Perhaps because it used to be 75% action and 25% romance, now it's flipped around.
Rachel used to be this strong woman that would go out and kick ass and take names. Now she second guesses everything she does and looks like she can get beaten down by anyone.
She's an ex runner that used to do her prep-work. Now that she has access to demon magic, and SHOULD be able to store spells like her mentor Al, she just falls apart. She's scared all the time instead of resolved.
Kim Harrison has managed to regress her main character into a state of adolescence, not grow her into the demon she has earned. This will be the last book I buy in this series. It's too bad, because it started out good, got really good, then just took a dive into maudlin weak romance.
Brandon Sanderson has created a rich world full of interesting people and intriguing artifacts. The character development is well done and carries very well from the first book. While is does drag a bit in places, be sure to pay attention, because it all comes around and is relevant. I did not want this one to end, and it is one of the few books that I would continue to make excuses to listen to, even when I should have been paying attention to something else!
For the love of the Stormfather!!! Please don't make me wait too long for the next book.
I read The Stand in high school. This is a LOT like The Stand. It could have been told in half the time. I'm currently listening to it at 3X speed just to get through it. The characters are thin and predictable and there are just too many gaps in reasoning for it to be a good book for me. If you loved The Stand, then you might like this book, if you did not like it, then you won't like this either.
How do you not love Jake "Heavy" Sullivan?? It's like Micky Spillane and Flash Gordon had a love child. Entertaining to be sure. It's written like many of Larry Correia's works and that means big action and over the top dialogue, and I would not have it any other way.
The Chairman is pretty much Ming the Merciless and there is even a Death Ray. It's a great ride and Bronson Pinchot does an amazing job bringing it to life.
The one caveat, I have to listen to it at 1.25 to 1.5x the speed or it just seems too slow to me. But at the slightly quicker cadence, it's perfect (for me).
Very entertaining series. The main character is likable and the villains switch, you have to pay attention to see who's being bad (or good) to who and why. Card has learned to create believable characters. I want the 3rd book already!!!
Sanderson took the time to develop a new magic system, and did a fine job. The story is good, and told in a manner that draws you in. It has aspects of Tolken and Jordan, with the scope of the story being epic, and the delivery spot on.
This is not a "quick" book, the story moves along at a steady pace, but it does drag a little at times. Still, the information you're given is things you'll need for a full understanding later on.
I would highly recommend this series, and this book kicks it off well.
What this story could have been is exciting and far more entertaining than it was. The sex scenes were sometimes graphics and actually took away from the story, rather than adding to it. While the premise seemed entertaining, by the end of the book I was listening to it on triple speed.
Had some really interesting information on Beethoven, and I actually liked the historical intrigue. Where it failed was delivering on all of the sub-plots and MOST of the mystery.
Don't read if you don't want a major plot-point ripped apart.
So there is some sort of inter-dimensional hell portal that is brought up a number of times. And then is just used as a convenient dump. It was disappointing that there was more (poorly written) sex, for no apparent reason other than the heroine is possibly a victim of nymphomania, and very little on what would have been really interesting. It was not the worst book I have listened to, but I would not listen to it again.
I'm 8 hours in to the book, when I just had to bump the narration speed to 2X. To be fair, I generally listen to books at 1.25 to 1.50 the standard narration speed, finding the slow pace to be just too much. This book has some odd characters in it, and the main character seems to be mercurially unstable, I hope that it gets better, but otherwise it's just a B-movie in book form.
The sound quality is a bit odd, and the narrator often sounds like she's in a tin box.
It will pass the time, but I would not recommend it unless you just have nothing else in your queue and need some sci-fi.
I did not have any idea how much I would enjoy space battle based on a more realistic physics model. It's like ships on the high seas with stars instead of water. It was refreshing not to have the "magic" of advanced technology solve all of the problems in the book.
I think it was well written and I liked the narration. The whole series is worth the time and money.
I liked the book, the narration and the story a lot. He drags you on a trip using the characters as mules. It's hard to stop listening and you just want to keep seeing what's around the next corner.
Preston has a way of writing that is similar in all of his books. I like his style a lot, however I begin to get board with it if I listen to a number of his books in a row, sometimes you just start to sense the cadence and it becomes more predictable.
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