Bran Hambric borrows a lot from it's predecessors in the genre, including Harry Potter. However, it lacks sophistication in the form of explanations that help the reader understand the context of the world in which the story take place.
It also misses a critical opportunity to explore the human condition resulting from abandonment, and loss, while making light of the emotional abuse afforded the main character by his wards. There is an attempt to rectify this by giving Bran an acerbic and some times sarcastic manner, but in the end he goes right back to living with the family that treats him like a slave at the end of the story.
The reading was mildly entertaining, and the story would be found acceptable by early readers of novels in the range of 8-12 years old.
Not since the Reality Dysfunction series have I fallen so hopelessly for a set of books. I have forsaken the likes of public and commercial radio alike so that I may listen to this series every hour not spent working.
The story is complex and at times mean spirited, but the characters, both good and bad, are as sublime as their arcs are unpredictable. The pace of the reading and the added depth given by the performance is refreshing.
A must read.
More suited for young adults or even pre-teens.
The reader was too earnest and with too much inflection in the voice. He was over acting the parts.
all of them. :-)
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