This is a superb young adult novel that is a fun read for adult adults too. The narrator is wonderful, not surprising I guess since he is a Tony Award nominee. I was fully absorbed in this novel from the beginning. The dystopian world is fresh, and as the plot unfolds, new dimensions reveal themselves. I highly recommend this book!
My son really liked this book, so I decided to give it a listen. I liked it well enough to go on to books two and three. Three is the most complex in terms of character, but that is also because the protagonists are older in that book. It's a strong series by a very creative author. Fun for young and old
I really enjoyed this book. Even having read An Echo In The Bone, I hadn't experienced Lord John as a fully realized character. Here, he is complex, commanding, sexy and sexual, and the narrator is fantastic. My only complaint was with the plot complexities, which left me baffled at the end. I couldn't remember who some characters were, and didn't understand their motivations. I also didn't care about the storyline involving John's father much. I was far more interested in Percy and John. Really liked Jamie's cameos and John's perspective on Hellwater and Geneva, which were far different than Jamie's in the Outlander series. In my opinion, the Outlander series has gotten better and better as the books have continued, with the characters gaining depth and shadows. This Lord John tome adds to the mix. Gabaldon has created a world I love dipping into vicariously!!
A wonderful, escape with a great reader. My only complaint, perhaps, is that Jamie is undeveloped as a character. He is perfect and strong throughout, and would be more interesting if he had foibles. Still, the book is an awful lot of fun. Davina Porter is my favorite reader. This series is pure entertainment!
This book isn't marvelously written, as one can tell by the stilted dialogue, which feels anything but real or conversational. My main complaint is with the truly terrible reader. Her voice is both too mature for any of the characters (she sounds as if she's sixty, and is reading the lines of 20-somethings), and she has no feel for the acting side of her job. At times, her inflections are so off-base one loses the sense of what she is reading. She just makes all the dialogue melodramatic and false. And she reads the male voices with angry or curt monotones. As a result, Tyler is just unlikable, a negative whiner, and David loses the humor Nora Roberts attempted to give his character. Pilar sounds completely phony...I'm sorry, I'm 51 and I sound younger and peppier than this 48 year-old! Skip it.
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