I absolutely love Terry Pratchett and was excited to hear this book. I can't judge it really other than to say I could not listen for more than 5 minutes.
The audio quality is so incredibly bad (worse than anything I have ever experienced on audible) that I could not continue to listen.
So if you value your ears, stay away!
This was the last of Molly Harpers Vampire related books I have read. Like the ones before it left me wanting more. Sadly the supply of fresh tales by Harper is limited.
Here some tips:
* Do NOT consume beverages while listening. You and your environment will end up wearing them.
* Do NOT drive or operate machinery while listening. Tears of laughter do no enhance vision.
The story is extremely slow paced, yet it moves you along expecting there to be an actual ending. Well or at least a story to be told.
The better question would be what did not disappoint. You listen to the story and it keeps you with it expecting something to happen. Anything really. But nothing ever does. There is no ending to the story, no highlights, nothing.It's like a wet dream just after waking up in the morning. You know there is potential in the story and you can imagine an infinite number of twists and turns that would make the experience a pleasurable one. Yet once you are fully awake, it is simply deeply unsatisfying.The story leaves you hanging with tantalizing possibilities without ever resolving to anything. Even if this is just one installment in a series, this story is so badly ended, that you should avoid it at any cost unless you are a deeply masochistic person.
The narration is what kept me listening. It is pleasantly melodious and tantalizing. It takes a horrid attempt at writing a story and imbues it with at least some character.The only reason the narration only gets 4 stars is that it is blatantly dishonest. A bland and uninspired reading of a bland and uninspired story would have been more fitting.My deepest respects to the narrator. She managed to turn this audiobook from water, if not into wine, at least into artificial grape-juice.
About half the novel is fluff and could be cut, but only if it were replaced with something of actual substance, like an actual story line.
This was an amazing book. But as others have remarked: What else would you expect from Hornby?
As a "young" father, albeit double the age of the protagonist, I could so easily relate to this story.
For teenagers this is a "must read". And for anyone out of their teens this is a "have to read".
I you have read/heard other books by E.Peters you will be sorely disappointed.
While the book itsself is entertaining and maybe even a fun listen, it in now way lives up to the expectations placed upon it by the authors name. For most authors this would be a laudable book; for Peters it's at best an embarassment.
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