A whole lot of new characters without notable characteristics. Nothing much happens. Reminds me of a student trying to stretch a 500 word idea into a 10,000 word paper. Even Tyrian seemed lame. Dotrice didn't care enough to get the voices right, not even for the jester who keeps shouting "I know!, I know!" And considering the title, the dragons get short shrift. Way too much self analysis, way too little action.
GRRM phoned it in. I won't hold my breath for number 6.
I didn't much care for this book. There's a basic contradiction in an assassin known as 'the gray man', which implies someone known to few, who is described as 'legendary'. Real assassins are anonymous characters - this guy is famous, predictable, and not at all clever. I expected better.
I keep finding great authors who have died. Paul Sussman is recently deceased, and now I discover him - same thing happened with Stieg Larssen, whose 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' hooked me. I'll read all of Sussman's books, and mourn when I've read the last of them.
There's lots of detail of an historical nature, which I find enjoyable. The characters are compelling.
This guy walks the walk. He's convincing and well-documented.
I've never heard of Chris Anderson, but I'll be looking for him in future - which would never have happened if I had to pay for this.
No - too much to absorb in one sitting. But I'll listen to it several times.
I don't do many reviews, but felt compelled to honor someone who puts himself out there for free.
Author's use of Molotov cocktails was unworkable. He was using water bottles, which are made of plastic - these won't create firebombs when thrown, because they won't break on contact. This was something I felt he should have known. Also, I found the idea of Monex passwords silly - what system would have passwords that couldn't be cancelled? Aside from that, I'm a fan of the show - otherwise, three stars.
I'm with all of the other negative reviews of this narrator. Clearly he didn't even read the first 3 volumes, as he pronounces imaginary words like 'vela morgalis' differently. He sounds overly dramatic and pompous, and his voice doesn't change with the characters.
The book also sends the best characters into limbo, and introduces new, and not very interesting characters. According to Amazon, volume 5 will be released on July 11. I'm going to wait for reviews before I invest in it. It's been so long since this came out, I have to wonder if the author has run out of steam.
Tom Clancy tells a good story, but I was alienated by his right-wing diatribes, and his rather juvenile descriptions of sex. In Clancy's world, every problem has a military solution.
I couldn't take more than an hour of this, and I love long books. This was wordy, with ill-defined characters I didn't care about. This was my first listen by this author, and my last. An hour into it, I couldn't tell who the main character was. If you want science fiction with characters you can picture, try the Miles Vorkosigan series by Bujold - absolutely no comparison.
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