I was hoping for a rich picture of the middle east, interesting characters, and some fun fantasy. Instead, the characters are barely developed and the creatures are so unimaginatively written (lots of faceless blobs), that I couldn't bring myself to care about them.
The biggest disappointment was the ridiculous idea of a guy writing code so quickly, mindlessly and amazing that it simply melts computers. The explanations of how and why things work are way beyond the normal suspension of disbelief that the reader expects in a fantasy novel.
Lastly, it was more an advertisement for Islam than I expected. I felt like the author's agenda was to show how this religion is so wonderful. I don't mind reading religious fiction, but I want to know about it ahead of time. If you want a good book that includes the Djinn, I would send you elsewhere—The Golem and the Jinni is far more developed and interesting.
The reader's exaggerated performance of the supernatural characters was distracting and terribly annoying. He also made the American convert sound like a witless idiot, when her character was plainly not written that way.
I was very disappointed, and more than a little irritated.
The best was the unfolding of the characters. I found myself wondering if the author was manipulating the reader to sympathize with a murderer, think about the nature of adultery and friendships, and examine motives of a grieving mother and widow. I also enjoyed the Australian culture references a lot.
The worst part was just hoping that there would be more of a real mystery instead of just waiting to see how it would end up. I felt that the author had a curious perspective, and could have given us more of a mystery and less of a morality lesson.
The Pandora intro was incongruous with the rest of the book, and the ending where the author speaks to you about what the characters didn't know and never would know, was similarly out of step with the rest of the book.
Her performance was good and her voice is easy to listen to. I love her accent and the way she read each character was very distinct and well done.
I think it could have been edited a bit better, but overall, it filled the time.
Yes, I have lots of friends who are fans of zombie TV so they would enjoy it. However, I'd also recommend it to someone who enjoys well written sci-fi. It has enough of a science feel that it isn't a ghost story or fantasy book.
I'm not a zombie fan, but the synopsis on audible drew me in and I took a chance. I'm not ready to jump on the zombie horror bandwagon at all. This story is different. And really good.
Stony of course, but after that, his sister Chelsea/Crystal. All the Mayhall women are strong and distinct characters. I like how they stand up for their different brother, but remain human through it all.
He becomes the real voice of Stony. He does other characters so well that I don't think of it as the same reader. If I had just read it, I don't know if Stony's voice in my head would have been as likeable.
Yes. It was hard to turn it off!
I hope to read more books by Gregory and will definitely look forward to hearing Marantz's voice again.
In the top 10% easily. It was really engaging. I love the characters, the stories within stories, and the feeling of really being there. The writing is smooth and gives enough detail to enjoy and build the world in a solid way, without being tedious and plodding.
The female characters are great too. They aren't cookie cutter types, and more like real people, they have good and bad qualities. You can't just peg them immediately as "the good girl" or "the mean one."
Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card is a similar book - a boy on a journey, fantasy, magic, but in a more-or-less believable presentation.
He makes you forget he's doing all the voices. His voice is very easy to listen to, and he doesn't rush it along, or pause too long between sentences. It's very genuine. I felt like I was being read to by a good friend.
Yes. I couldn't turn it off.
I was eager to go to the next in the series right away, and I was glad it was also narrated by Nick Podehl. I'll look for more of his work, and can't wait for the next in this excellently written series.
If the narrator hadn't sounded so dramatic with his breaths and cheesy delivery, I may have been able to deal with the story, but even that couldn't hold my attention. It made me miss "The Name of the Wind," that much more, with Patrick Rothfuss's natural metaphors, and Nick Podehl's relaxed narration.
Probably not. It's dry, slow, and I can't care about the characters as much as I try. It's plodding and predictable, with every fantasy cliché, but watered down and obviously derived from Tolkien. The details are painfully obvious or unnecessary.
Definitely not Michael Kramer's, though I feel a little bad for singling him out. It just reminded me so much of John O'Hurley when playing J. Peterman on Seinfeld.
I wouldn't have published it. I know it's very popular with a dedicated fan-base, but I cannot understand why.
Not so much. It is so repetitive. I know that is part of the literary device, but I felt like I was trapped in the rat-maze hospital with these people and I just wanted it to be over. I also felt like the "big revelation" wasn't much of a revelation at all.
I have to say, the descriptions were vivid and the characters were relatively well rounded. I enjoyed it but I expected a bit more from the plot line than the endless repetition.
I don't know.
Moore makes up great characters and rounds them out in surprising ways.
He did great with all the characters... I can't choose a favorite. I loved his energy and it was obvious that he was enjoying the book as much as I was.
I don't tend to listen to books more than once.
It had good twists and turns
I kept waiting for it to get better and it never did. The multiple narrators were distracting, and some of them were just downright bad. The story was, in a word, cheesy. I love vampires, I love history, I love fiction. If you love those things, avoid this book...at least in audio form. Perhaps reading the book would have been a better choice for this title. This is the equivalent of a B movie, without the fun campy things to laugh at.
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