The author's views on gender and sexuality are so out of date that it makes me sick. Sure, the book is old, but it's not nearly old enough to be forgiven.
This story is rather like a late night fantasy of some hormonal teenager who simply doesn't know yet how people work (or doesn't care, for the sake of the fantasy). Such manuscripts should be buried at the bottom of the drawer, found 15 years later by the author, read with great agony and embarrassment, and then burned.
I picked this up at a sale, otherwise I might have noticed the earlier reviews. I thought I couldn't go wrong with picking a Heinlein. I was wrong.
The story failed to draw me in. Maybe it was too short, or maybe it was simply too uninteresting, or maybe it's the dull reading.
Having the book narrated by a screen actor was not a good idea. It wasn't terrible, but neither was it good. For such a short book they could have picked some really good professional narrator instead.
"Morale" shoved down your throat. Women who need men for their fulfillment, and to "fix" their lives. Personality traits treated as terrible faults to be corrected. Women considered "independent" because they're allowed to make a little bit of money, but still most careers are closed to them. And of course women must both marry and have children, or they'll become cranky and miserable when they grow old.
Yes, I know it was written in 1868 and "things were different back then", but it is still presented as a novel to be read for entertainment rather than a document of how crazy the values were back then.
I would never, ever let children read this. They might take the "lessons" to heart and become misogynistic little monsters who believe they are progressive and support women's independence.
Taken as a document of how people and values were 150 years ago, it's fairly interesting and very well written. Narrator does a good job.
The Hallowed Hunt isn't quite on par with Curse of Chalion or Paladin of Souls, but still a very nice book. I would happily give it another "overall" star, if it wasn't for the narrator.
The narrator does a poor job. Many times her reading doesn't match the description, like if the book reads "Good morning, she said happily" the narrator might read "good morning" so that it doesn't sound happy. Also she puts the emphasis and pauses wrong or splits up sentences, garbling them up. One or two little mistakes in a book I could live with, but these were too frequent to be acceptable from a professional narrator.
You may have heard about it in literary history class, but in order to really appreciate it you must read it. This is raw realism, undisguised mud, blood and sweat. People applaud writers like George RR Martin for adopting a "rough" style, but it's not a new invention. More than a hundred years ago writers like Zola turned their backs to the romantic worlds of Dickens and Dumas, got rid of the perfume and make-up, and pushed the reader out into the muck of the real world. This book could have been written yesterday and still be considered great. The fact that it's from the 19'th century makes it brilliant.
The story isn't half bad either. In fact, it's really good.
This book is very long. I usually enjoy a good long book, but this one wasn't long in any good way. It was simply very long. It took me a couple of months to get through it. Bits and pieces are brilliant, but not everything and there was simply too much of it.
The narrator is great. The sample made me hesitate, but after a couple of minutes I got used to him and after a while couldn't imagine the book with any other narrator.
I liked the story, it wasn't overly deep but I enjoyed the "world" and will probably get the next book in the series too.
However, I feel the narrator let me down. John Lee is one of my favorites, but this time he made too many accents that just sounded phony.
The story is way too predictable and the characters are mostly stereotypes. There's no depth behind their opinions or actions. Malicious bad guy is malicious because, well, he just is that kind of guy. Good guy is good because, well, I have no idea why.
These straight forward stereotypes make the plot very predictable. Something happens, how would the stereotypical malicious guy react to that? Well, that's exactly what he does and thus moves the plot forward a bit. How would stereotypical good guy react in that situation? Okay, he reacts exactly like that and moves the plot forward. Considering the cover says this is the first book in a trilogy you can easily guess the overall direction and goal. Repeat until you have arrived there.
This book might be okay for younger readers or otherwise inexperienced readers who haven't yet started to expect more from a plot and the characters.
I like the narrator but I think a female narrator would have been better since the main character is female.
A lovely comic light reading. The book consists of several independent episodes, ideal for when you want some short "bedtime stories".
The narrator is brilliant.
I found both the story and characters too predictable and shallow. Not even the romance was particularly good. I still have no idea why the heroine fell in love with the hero, and the intimate scenes were uninteresting. If it's supposed to be a romance novel, it fails miserably for me.
I'll give it some credit for having a heroine who is quite the opposite of a "damsel in distress" yet without being any kind of super hero.
If you want lots of hours of light "reading", please go ahead. At least it's long and not overly boring. It's just not overly great either. I'm going back to reading real historical novels and real fantasy instead.
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