You should read the first book and then this. The first book established the history and environment of the world, magic, and the people. It gave a baseline to the characters who were interesting, real, and powerful. You should really read the first book, to understand the background and the characters (and it is really good read/listen on it own), but the second book rocks. I enjoyed the first book a lot, but by the second book multiple characters (human, elf, half-breeds and gods) are prevailing and maturing through continued tragedy, adversity and war, friendship, respect, and love. War is not just swords and arrows and magic (but those sections are very well done) but logistics and planning and friendship and politics. The book is complete but full of action and never boring.
The narrator, Cori Samuel, is absolutely perfect with a range of characters, but most of all the Lady Champion. Cori is perfect as Bethany, who is refined, feminine, emotional/controlled, fallible/strong. needful of companionship and deadly to her enemies.
I've been waiting for this book ever since the first. My greatest regret is that there are not a dozen more stories, written by Krista Ball and read by Cori Samuel, ready to download, for me to continue and enjoy. I look forward to many more books written by Krista and read by Coi, and i hope it will not be a long wait.
Sorry if this is too much of a spoiler. The book was good fun, but i was sort of expecting more of a conclusion rather than just an intro to an on-going series. Lots of story lines are in play but not all close.
I saw the first movie, and the family asked for the audiobook. The plot has some interesting twists, too bad that those twists and turns don't happen in a believable world. It's not so much that the simulation drugs are beyond believable, I can "suspend belief" for more far-fetched concepts, but the whole world of the story lacks substance and the basics of civilization, while still pretending that some civilization exists. No one actually picks up trash, or cans food, or runs powerplants. That is all some distopian fantasy with a given invisible infrastructure, that wont actually work for the factions described. I can pass over the teenage raging hormones is the middle of battle, But the heroine's giving in to her inherent weakness compared to all the males around her, just seem to be the finishing blow. She spends too much time feeling the victim, for me to enjoy the story. I'll be interested in the conclusion enough to see the last movie, but the book/audiobook isnt really worth my time.
I hated the narration. You can listen to the sample but the dialogue may not be as troublesome as action scenes. The cadence never changes for action scenes or dialogue. I bought this pre-release, and i never imagined that such a popular series would have a poorly suited narrator (yes that is my opinion. Your opinion may differ.) I listen at 1.25 speed but i still hear those over dramatic pauses and downbeats at the end of each sentence.
Greaney isn't as good about developing characters, or getting you to believe in the science of the weapons as Clancy was, but he sure writes action well. Things move so fast that i dont question the contrived good luck and miraculous timing. While not the same as Clancy i can enjoy listening to the action.
I will never get a book from Scott Brick again. I can do without different voices for each character, but the reading has much more to dislike. I think he would do well at soap operas or romantic novels, where the listener wants the narrator to add drama in an other wise boring book. But his cadence over emphasizes every period as being meaningfull and significant.
Isn't there some editor that makes narrators audition for parts? This book was ruined for me by the reader, and i hate to think a real editor would have actually selected Scott Brick as appropriate for this book. Maybe Greany should give his opinions on possible readers ( and listen to more than a sentence before approving a narrator.)
I love reading comics but the author of this novelization didn't put much work into going beyond a few words about what goes on in a panel. I could have guessed what the graphics were doing, but this should have given description of the story/ flow of action, instead of being broken up into a description based on each panel in a comic. Instead of reading it panel by panel, a novelization should have better descriptions and better flow.
for such a short novelization, the time wasted describing the Avengers movie was a waste of time. So with that gone and better writing, the whole "book" should still be many times longer. Dont wast money or credits on this, unless you plan on listening while reading tthe comic at the same time.
The narration was quite good, but there was just not enough story to work with.
Besides being a gifted writer, he is a wonderful story teller. His characterization of others is like a comfortable story around the dinner table as he falls into character describing/mimicking another person's reaction to shared experiences.
This is a really uplifting story in the midst of terrible tragedy, about the power of making good choices and pursuit of goals, not just for yourself but for others. Eric Greitens has done and witnessed many things as a college volunteer worker in many nations, a Rhodes Scholar and later as a Navy Seal. He tells the stories of both children and adults, and pauses briefly for insight into why they do what they do what they do. The stories are interesting and the insight and perspective is something i aspire to achieve.
This is one of the best books I have listened to on Audible (and i have listened to many). These real life adventures are more interesting than the fiction i usually listen to, and the comments on human character and motivation are natural outgrowths of the story telling, which comes first. For having seen so much human tragedy, even as a volunteer in many countries, he keeps his perspective and describes his observations, while seamlessly including quotes from the Greeks, to Lincoln, to Mother Theresa. He can challenge your thoughts on religion and charity, and what it means to help and protect those in need. This is not a book of lectures on what we should do, but rather stories about the good and bad people do, and trying to make good choices for yourself. This is great storytelling, all the better for having decisions and consequences about living a good and honorable life.
This is a trilogy's worth of adventure in one book, well managed by a master story teller. There are thrills and chills and multinational adventure throughout. At about 12 hours the story occasionally got a little slow and i could put it aside, I was afraid it would turn into a Perils of Pauline, but no, this is a great story with all the subplots coming together. With 12 hours left (as long as a longish Audible book) the conclusion is coming into focus, the excitement is building and I wonder "what more can possible happen before the end?" Well, a lot can and did happen. There is certainly death and destruction, but main characters are reasonably well treated, and the gore / violence was not overdone or overly upsetting. The narration/reading is great, with different characters and accents well done to help keep characters separate and be non-obtrusive to the story line. Well done. At one credit this is a bargain, a unique and plausible adventure of amazing scope. Listen to it!
This book is as fast paced, surprising and fun as the first two books! Trying to listen to another book by a different author, after listening to the third book, is boring. (Only 3 books are on audio as i write this.) This really spoils me for other books for awhile. The alternate reality remains fun, from both a technology and a historical point of view, but the story is not about the alternate steampunk reality, but about good and bad people making decisions, which seem right (well to a young person) but lead to remarkable consequences, and very plausible escapes. Sure a few things can be seen coming, but more often than not, there is a twist to surprise and amuse. While it still seems a little short, there is no doubt there is enough action and twists to fill two books each twice this size, but a bigger book might not be as much FUN! (PS. and I certainly had no complaints about accents. Let's just leave this at alternate reality, and indeed accents can change depending on who won which wars, or which wars didn't happen, Just go with the flow and enjoy the ride.)
This is exceptional. I can visualize the play on stage and Bill Shakespeare ( channeled by Ian Doescher) does a great job with Star Wars. This is much better than some of Bill's later tragedies. You would think with the third Star Wars trilogy on the horizon, Disney would be willing to help get this into High School senior plays. It would be perfect!
I want to listen to it in one sitting as a play on the stage. I can visualize the black cloaked puppeteers moving around R2D2 and Luke's training droid on the Maltese Falcon. A perfect (but slightly long) adaptation. Bravo! Author! Baravo!
This is first and foremost a good story. The story is about a young lady in challenging circumstances, and the importance of attitude in not getting swallowed up in all the turmoil going on around her. The steampunk era sets a fun and believable background, with opportunities for invention, a rigid society hierarchy, without all the supposed "safety nets" of modern society. Her wit, her intellect, her good manners, her confidence in herself. all allow her to overcome challenges that seem to get worse and worse. But she reacts as might be expected, or at least like I like to think I or a friend would react. And may i say this is all pretty good steampunk, with people who actually build and engineer machines instead of just living in a world fully equipped with them as some other authors present.
She does a great job. Some of the accents were perhaps a little too accurate and a little hard for this southern U.S.A. ear to follow, but nothing was lost in the story and it just came across as a very realistic. Well Done.
As others have said, it seemed a little short, but all the more because i had to keep listening to a little more than i planned to every night before going to bed. Very few books are so enjoyable from start to finish. I will start the next in the series tonight!
4 words: Luckiest Unlucky Conflicted Cajun. A variety of things happen by luck, but then i guess that applies to the world. It was lucky for me I finally found this author and this reader, because it was a great - can't stop listening - audiobook. I will listen to many more, particularly this combination of writer and reader. I highly recommend it.
The descriptions were succinct but well chosen and very vivid. The author can really turn a phrase, even with a hard nosed detective as the sensitive and observant protagonist delivering the lines. And the story had a global / national background that made it part of a bigger story. Well done.
Southern Louisiana and New Orleans has lots of accents. He pulls off the variety of characters flawlessly. It is easy to focus on the telling of the story and not get distracted by the reader. Wonderful!
I was a long time getting around to listening to this book because of some of the negative reviewers. Big mistake, this book was perfect for me. Violence - I have stopped listening to other books because of the graphic violence perpetrated on victims. Maybe it was the first person narrative that kept it an appropriate distance, or just the writer's skill, but while there was indeed violence and memories of violence, it didn't put me off at all. New Orleans words/portrayal - As a native, some of the pronunciations were off (maybe passable as cajun not New Orleanian), some locations didn't fit together, the food descriptions were off (Really? Sauce piquant on an oyster po-boy? You meant "hot-sauce" i hope on fried oyster po-boy dressed with My-o-naise.) Characterization - For first person narrative, the level of characterization was just fine, not too detailed i admit, but the people seemed like more than the cardboard characters i have had in some stories. Some people are just bad, others have to work at being good. The only fault i had with the book was believing a grown man would drink Jim Bean. Jack, Early Times or even Old Crow before Jim Bean. The author just just not be a hard drinker. ;-)
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