This series has always been a little hard to listen to, because it changes from character to character very often. I had to skip back and re-listen to understand what was going on. I assume in the books there is a gap between paragraphs or something to indicate changing scenes. Maybe future audio versions could have sounds of some kind as indicators.
This was the most poorly written book in the series. I felt like it was a failure as a novel. ****POSSIBLE MILD SPOILER ALERT**** I am not always opposed to cliffhangers but the end of this book was ridiculous. There were way too many loose ends. The book posed millions of questions but no answers. All the other installments have left us with some plot resolution, even though we know there's a lot more to be done. This story didn't. It was like he just ended. Like, "Well, time's up better get this to the publisher. I'll just give him what I've got" The story was full of distrust and teenage pigheadedness. The relationships so intricately built between the Keepers in the first four books broke down completely. They stopped being able to communicate. The whole team spirit they built is gone. Overall, it was a failure because there was no character growth. The characters did not evolve or change, they were stagnant. It was really disappointing. Pearson can do so much better. We know that, as evidenced by the first four books. Shame on the editor for not pressing for a re-write.
Some voices seemed off but mostly he did well. Just wish the scene/character changes could be indicated, instead of smooshed together.
I suppose. There was as much action as ever. But don't expect the characters to develop. They are static.
This story was very well written. Lee was able to pull the listener into 19th century London effortlessly, making the setting an intricate, seamless part of the plot. Mary, the main character was likable and there's a wide variety of side characters who kept me entertained. I immediately bought book 2 in the series after finishing this one.
The heroine was resilient and strong. A wonderful girl who you just cared about. The mystery of it all kept me thinking about the book even when I wasn't listening.
I would strongly recommend this book for ages 13+. It does deal with serious issues, like the state of London for the poor in this time period. It dealt with hunger and death without being too overwhelming, but parents may want to listen before their children.
The book isn't as intricate and engaging as most of Molly Harper's books. The resolution seemed obvious to me from the beginning and the plot was overly simple.
Just made the characters more dynamic, involved the characters we know and love already more in the story. It also could've done with a side plot or a few more twists.
The accent!!!! Yes the main character was Irish, but Ronconi's accent was sooo annoying. I love Amanda Ronconi, but honestly, I struggled to make it through this one due to the irritating Boston/Irish accent. Ewww!
I haven't given up on Molly Harper, or Amanda Ronconi. But my advice is to give this one a pass, or at least listen to the sample first to see if the accent will bug you.
Yes. Although the narrator was different, he grew on me. It's always weird when they switch up the narrators but Nick Chamian did a pretty good job. The only thing I didn't like was I hated his voice for Niko, it didn't sound like his character at all. He made him sound like a jerky jock. But I enjoyed listening and will re-listen to this title for sure.
Leo. I love how his character matures and grows up in this book.
Too many good ones to choose.
It really made me think. I loved how well developed the characters were and how they evolved throughout the story. ***Possible SPOILER ALERT I was dismayed that after 9 books Riordan inserted a bit of a political agenda. (Pro-gay relationships). I feel this is an issue that doesn't belong in a children's book. Just be aware that a certain character "comes out" so if that is a concern to you, it would be good to have a discussion with your child after they read this book. It's not a central theme, but something some parents might like to be aware of.
Wonderful story. Great Conclusion to a fantastic series.
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