I like the story but his character development is a bit hard to believe. The main character goes from being a teacher to a ruthless disciplinarian and it seems a bit out of character. More disturbing is the fact that he is the only soldier with a girlfriend along for the ride... the "love story", IMO, detracts from the main story and is just plain silly.
Depth, Twists, Sweeping
The Character development continued through this second edition and the story lines just kept intertwining and throwing my curve balls. Hero's made mistakes, leaders are challenged, many characters contributed significantly to make or deviate the story line... this isn't you run of the mill good vs. evil story. I was taken by surprise with the first book and was secretly expecting a drop off from book 2... I was proven wrong. Simon Vance is perfect for this book reading. His rich textured voice really helps me picture the scenes and discern the different characters. One of my pet peeves is men trying to make their voice sound like a woman... I didn't even notice in this reading.
When Adair's counsel-leach placed a ring of fire around the Exestreme's throat and Adair was forced to make a decision regarding his fate.
This book brought out many emotions to include rooting for Valen and Calin... swinging between rooting for Adair to then questioning her decisions, hating the Star Island dwellers to feeling sorry for leach's.
Well worth the money.
Surprisingly, I loved the first book. Equally surprising, I can't listen to anymore of the 2nd book for now. Highly recommend for children. The pseudo-teen love story overshadows the first part of the book. I really grew bored and sometimes frustrated with the overuse of references to the main characters fascination with "metaphors"... over baked!
I still think this is a good story and our superhero genre needs modern day infusion.
Any scene where there isn't a reference to a metaphor or where the teens are playing at love.
A New Super-Hero Generation
Highly recommend for children and young adults under 18.
The Lost Fleet series has a good selection of well developed characters and a compelling story line. I like the way everything does not always go Black Jack's way... he must overcome challenges and deal with people who do not necessarily trust him... yet.
When the rogue ships from the fleet had to come limping back to Black Jack.
they bring attitude... I might not get that if reading.
Black Jack is back.
great story line
I don't like super hero stories... too hard to suspend reality. However, this was a great story and I bought into the story and really enjoyed the book.
It has now been some time since I listened to WOK and I wanted to take the time to say I enjoyed the read/listen. I like the style of weaving together different characters and scenes, past & present toward an inevitable merger. I liked the characters and appreciated author taking the time to integrate their weaknesses into the story. So many fantasy novels use simple hero characters... this was refreshing. Many story lines and subplots.... a book with depth. I liked the narration by Reading and Kramer. At first it was a bit disconcerting getting used to the different voices when speaking of same character but I got over it and accepted the oddity before it became a distraction. From a fantasy standpoint I thought there were some fresh ideas... a bit of a mixture of fantasy, sci-fi, action and intrigue.
The Saga of Seven Suns, much to my surprise, produced equal to better books throughout the series. Usually, the 2nd, 3rd and beyond books don't measure up to the original. This series is an exception. Unexpectedly, the Saga of Seven Suns has become my favorite book series, one of my favorite science fiction stories. I really enjoy the narrator. He is consistent and doesn't over-act. Regarding this particular book... just another great read equal or better to the previous book in series.
Again, This narrator is the worst. It's like listening to a toddler's bed time story. Additionally, I'm really getting tired of Richard and Khalin/Kallin. Thier love story is begining to make me roll my eyes. It doesn't add to the story. The fighting, or strategy in this book was more fantasy than people having magic! Giving this 3 stars is Good-Kindness on my part. If I get a great deal... I may read book 9.
Fantastic... Don't skip this one.
I can't take it... I quit listening. This Narrator's reading would make a great SNL skit! Is this guy immitating a text to speach program? I have never stopped listening to an audio book because of the narrater... Until now. OMG is this guy terrible. Run away, spare yourself the torment and money, buy the book if you must, but this narrator is all time worst. How much does this gig pay... If he is any indication of necessary talent... I may have second career. He pro-nounces-every word as if he were reading to a 4 year old... or alien just arrived from another planet.
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