Franklin, WI, United States | Member Since 2010
This was not really a story, but a set of interlinked satirical glimpses of recent events.
A Grisham novel.
A good story teller, dynamic, good speed of delivery, and great characterization, by far the best part of this effort.
Disappointment, followed by confusion. I guess I wanted to be able to lose myself in a story, but instead, I was repulsed by the characters. Nothing heroic, nothing particularly civilized, and one line after another of trite, shopworn phrases.
The narration is spotty, there is much repetition. Even so, it is an entertaining listen for an old warrior, few jarring errors in small unit tactics are apparent, and a little grisly reality doesn't hurt anything. Like Heinlein, the author makes a lot of political and social commentary along the way.
There are a number of worthy and well developed characters in the series, and they tend to survive from one book and part of the story to another.
There is an aggravating tendency on the part of the narrator to whisper when he is stating the thoughts of the characters. The net result is that I have no more knowledge of what they were thinking than any non-mindreaders in the listening audience, and if I turn it up, the windows shake when the story continues.
I am sure that there are people that this would appeal to, and many other reviewers have good things to say about it. It is about daily life apparently, in a really nice world. And it is about witches, a sort of romanticized and commercialized sort of witchcraft.
I don't think so, and if so, I will be sure to listen to a sample first.
I have not heard this narrator before, but she seemed more than adequate to the task.
I keep my Kindle on my bedside table, and I do listen to it to fall asleep. This book is excellent, as there is nothing in it that I found particularly interesting or exciting, and if there is a plot, I don't think I found it.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the Hunger Games trilogy, or general sci fy with a strong female lead character. I listened to the first two books in one weekend, and my wife enjoyed them right along with me.
The Hunger Games trilogy
Great characterizations, clear voice, easily listened to.
Yes, I enjoyed the imaginative story line, and the author has taken care to expand the story to include information needed to make this alternative universe understandable.
I like stories about young women who are self possessed and confident, and the main character in this story is believable.
I really enjoyed the interplay between all of the characters. The story line was simple and uncomplicated, but very imaginative. This is a story for young people, about young people interacting with the world. I can imagine just about any preadolescent or early teen girl getting into the story, and what appears to be the series that will come from it.
If you have a preteen girl who is imaginative, and I believe that most are, and you do not object to feeding her imagination, this would be a good choice for her. Young men will likely enjoy it as well.
Character development for a start, a story line that was less predictable would have also lent some entertainment value.
I bought and listened to three of them, and I had just as well have listened to one three times. The scenery changes, but the story line stays the same. One dimensional characters, as deep as the print on this page.
The reader did well, and hopefully she will show up on other books.
It is a straight up space opera, but could have been much more. I like the genre immensely, but a little more authorship was expected.
Some audio books require a period of time to catch the difference in the voices of the character. With these narrators, all the voices are similar, and I could not follow the story line even after an hour or more. Some books make for a really good read, some for a good listen, and some for both. Maybe this one would be a good read.
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