Trauma, Healing, Courage
Parts of the story are told from the dog's perspective
Good job with voice inflection and creating tension in the story
The story line itself is pretty predictable, but that didn't prevent me from enjoying the experience. I'm an animal person, so the subject matter really appealed to me.
I like the concept of the storyline, but the frequent and overly detailed dissertations on the mechanics of space time manipulation bogged down the flow of the story. I could not maintain a consistent level of interest
I also feel cheated after investing so much time and dragging my way through the story only to find an incomplete ending. I did not know this book was part of a series, but even if I had, I still expect the majority of the loose ends to be tied up and major problems to be solved by the end of a book.
All of this amounts to me being annoyed enough that I will probably not continue with the rest of the series.
One of the worst listens I've had since joining Audible. I will be asking for my credit back. The characters are one-dimensional and thoroughly uninteresting. The story itself is unimaginative and predictable, and I wondered many times if the author was a teen-age boy. I suspect the narrator is actually a text-to-speech computer generated voice. (unnatural inflection, phonetic mispronunciation of words like "subtle" ["sub-til"], "anonymity" ["anomity"], and "femur" ["fe-moor"]). The only thing I enjoyed about this story was the fact that it was short enough that I got through it in a couple of days. (I actually switched to 1.25X narration speed to further shorten my agony) I suspect the positive reviews I read on this site must have been solicited. I could write several pages about the reasons why I hated this book, but I can sum it up in one sentence: Please don't waste your credit on this tedious piece of garbage.
We've all read stories before that follow the early lives of heroes-to-be through their arduous training as youths, through the tragedies and hardships that forge them into the amazing characters that they will someday become. Although there is nothing new or unique about the formula this story follows, the author has crafted it into an entirely new experience. The harmony of an exceptionally well-written story, believable characters with depth and personality, and a narrator who is a pleasure to listen to, created an experience that was so engaging and compelling that I listened to the book again as soon as I finished it! There is so much complexity and subtlety woven into this story that I enjoyed it even more the second time. I am impatiently awaiting my next monthly credit so I can start the sequel! A solid 5-star rating to my new favorite author!
I was hoping this book would be like a "True Life" version of The Exorcist, or something like that. Instead, it was essentially 11 hours of preaching. The stories jump around WAY too much, making them extremely hard to follow and the characters difficult to keep straight. Mr. Sarchie can't tell a single story without flying off on 2 or 3 tangents, sometimes to preach about his personal beliefs or experiences, sometimes to recount an entirely different story in the middle of the one he was telling, and sometimes not even finishing the story he was telling.
I would have structured the entire book differently. Fist, tell your story from start to finish, pausing briefly and only when necessary to explain the RELEVANT backgrounds of the characters involved. THEN when the story is concluded, you can discuss the significance and the take-home messages from that particular story. If you feel it necessary to interrupt one story to tell another one, then that should be it's own separate story and placed in some sort of logical order of progression.
Here are the things I learned from this book:
1: Mr. Sarchie appears to suffer from A.D.D.
2: Demonic possession evidently is as common as the Common Cold. Yet I've never had any first-hand knowledge of anything like the stories told in this book, nor have I known anyone who has. Have you?
3: If you're not Catholic, you probably don't have anything to worry about, as the Demonic spirits only appear to afflict those Catholics who have lapsed in their religious zeal.
4: If you're not Catholic, you will probably find dozens of reasons to be offended or otherwise annoyed by this book.
5: Listening to the prayers recounted at the end of the book, I've concluded that if I was a Demonic spirit and someone was attempting to exorcise me, I would leave out of sheer boredom.
I want very much to believe that there is something more to this existence than what we can see, hear, touch, etc. But there was nothing in this book that convinced me, or even gave me hope. I have no way of knowing whether any of these stories have any root in truth, as Mr. Sarchie states conveniently that any sort of documentation during an exorcism is forbidden.
I guess there's really only one way that any of us will learn what is waiting beyond the veil. It's too bad that we can't let anyone know what we find out.
If you've read all the previous Drizzt stories, you will probably get more out of this collection than I did. I only read the first 2 books, and that was about 15 years ago, so I wasn't up on current events. All of these stories seemed to be intended to provide a backdrop for previous stories or to provide insight into the background of some of the characters. I wasn't familiar enough with either to really enjoy the experience. AND, I really HATE it when there is no ending (some of the stories just sort of stop in the middle of everything. I guess you are supposed to know which book to go to from there?)
I wish he'd written the stories in such a way that someone who is not readily familiar with the characters & previous stories could still understand what was going on.
Characters seem shallow and 2-dimensional. Speech is stilted and contrived. Story is entirely predictable. (One character says with much over-dramatization "No one has EVER survived a night outside in the maze...", so of course you know instantly that this is exactly what's about to happen. I haven't finished the book yet so maybe there will be some "ah-ha!" revelations coming, but so far the situation and the "monsters" in the maze all seem to have sprung from the imagination of a grade-schooler. I didn't realize that this book was classified as pre-teen fiction, I would have reconsidered my selection.
Very little voice inflection, very stilted recitation. It sounds like someone reading from a page, rather than listening to an actor immersing you in the story.
Disappointment. Also annoyance, as I felt the author was insulting my intelligence.
The characters were flat and 2-dimensional. The story was just not that interesting. The ending left me frustrated and feeling cheated out of the time I invested in plowing through this book
One of the things that annoyed me the most is that, despite the fact that the entire book is told from the perspective of Tessia-a 14 year old girl-, the narrator is a crochety-sounding old man. It just really didn't seem like the right choice of narrator for this story. Half of the book is the story of Tessia and her companions while the other half is the story of Starra and her personal struggles with her father, new lifestyle, new country, etc. I was waiting the entire book to find out what one had to do with the other. The answer... NOTHING. The 2 characters only cross paths for about 3 seconds at the near-end of the book. What is the purpose of the Starra storyline? Maybe to set up the sequels of this book. I don't know. But I'm sure not interested enough to find out.
And it isn't until the epilogue that the author mentions that a major character who we've been following throughout the whole story was assassinated. But it's merely mentioned briefly and then the story moves on as if it is just a minor trivial detail. I was yelling "What????" Nothing like dropping a huge bomb and walking away with absolutely no explanation.
I was completely disappointed by the character development, the plot, and the narration of this story. I don't think I'll be trying any more by this author.
Characters were likable, real and engaging. I could relate to them and understand them. Plot is brilliantly thought out and unpredictable enough to stay interesting the whole way through. Matthew is an intriguing character that I want to hear more about! I will be buying the rest of this series!
I was extremely interested in the subject matter when I bought this book, but found the plot development and character development left me feeling very disappointed. The book skips entire decades in the lives of the characters, completely bypassing what I would have looked forward to as the most interesting part of the story: how Panther Burn, the last Cheyenne War Chief, kept fighting and defied the Union soldiers and refused to surrender until forced to do so in order to save what remained of his people. You could have made an entire novel just about that. That is the story that would have drawn me into this book wholeheartedly, and it was completely ignored. Also never mentioned again was what ever became of such major characters as Panther Burn's parents. They just sort of disappear halfway through the story. The main antagonist, Jubal Bragg, starts out as being someone who was halfway interesting but by the 2nd half of the novel his character had faded into a hollow shell and I lost interest in ever seeing truth or justice for him. The women in this book are blushing virgins who inspire men to fall in love with them by virtue of their beauty alone, without need of any actual depth to their characters. And it seems that Michael Spirit Wolf, son of Panther Burn, who was destined to bridge the void between the Cheyenne and the white man... who was supposed to have played a crucial role in securing the future of his people.... we never get to find out how or IF he fulfilled that destiny. Overall I was bitterly disappointed that most of the major themes that were hinted at and built up to were never brought to any kind of conclusion. I am of the old-fashioned belief that all questions should be answered by the end of a story. However, the ending of this book was very moving and poetic, which is the only reason I even rated this novel at 3 stars. Maybe my questions are addressed in other novels by this author, but after this experience I don't think I'll be reading/listening to any more of his stories.
The accent and voice quality of the narrator, the detailed description of every aspect of Pi's experiences made me feel like I was really there on the boat with him and Richard Parker
Can't think of anything... it's pretty unique
Very believable, it's always evident when the narrator enjoys the story as much as you do!
I was somewhat bored by the foray into Pi's religious exploration, but that's probably because I'm not very religious myself. I just thought the book spent a bit too much time on the subject when what I was really interested in was Pi's experiences on the boat with the tiger Richard Parker. I was a bit disappointed with the ending, but I think that's because I too shared Pi's sense of loss and betrayal when the tiger just walked away and didn't look back.
The layover on the floating island of the meerkats seemed a bit out of place to me. The rest of the story being so reality-based, this part just seemed out of place. Almost like it should have been it's own separate book. It didn't really have anything to do with the rest of the story.
Overall, it was a very entertaining journey. I laughed and cried with Pi every step of the way.
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