There IS a lot of action, but it is a waste of hours. It's just lots of frenetic situations where everyone wishes they were somewhere else. I took a break 3/4 of the way through an re-listened to Dune. A good move as it turns out! In the end, there is nothing satisfying about this book. It's a "boy are you screwed" book. Sigh.
The performance is quite good, but there were many moments when I wasn't sure if it was Lorenzo or Valentine speaking.
I wish I had skipped this book and MAYBE read the next one.
The production quality is excellent. The cast is wonderful. The problem is the story, particularly the "Coming to America" segments. Imagine making a parfait with wonderful layers of tasty ingredients, now add in some layers of drippings from a rotting corpse. It looks beautiful! Eat up! Taste that vanilla!
Do you enjoy sitting in meetings? Yay! Let's sit around and talk about what we are going to do!
This book is like that. There is no suspense. Things are lined up for the next book though! All planned out. Yes siree. We're of course going to all die though right? That terrible super weapon they have been constantly warning us about has to show up sooner or later! Probably later though. We haven't been warned about it enough yet. It will probably need at least one more book to do that. Then we can meet and plan some more. But wait! Lets have some fun! Let's get smacked on the head or groin some more! THAT WOULD BE FUNNY. Yeah. I really wonder where the editor was.
The combat scenes were good, but a small portion of the book.
The performance is generally pretty good. MUCH better than the 1st book. My only complaint is that the reader doesn't make any change for female voices. Many times I had to backtrack in my mind and say, "Oh that was the woman saying that."
There is nothing objectionable about this book. It's "OK". Not great. Marvin is fun. The book ends suddenly, like "we got this far, did some things, and ran out of paper". It looks like it will be one of many to come, as they keep cranking them out.
So this is how a badass female character lives? We are treated to a something like a month in the life of a prostitute. We start out with horrific torture, and it DOES NOT get better. I wish I could wash the taint from my brain. This is a really disgusting book, but when did that matter to most people?
That's right. Blood spurting and sex at the same time. This has to be a new low. The main character also gets beaten to a bloody pulp so many times, he should be in a coma! But nooo, he's running around! I was angry and disgusted when this one ended. Yuck.
This is one of the best Disk World books. Most of them are light comedy. This one has the comedy for sure, but also has a much deeper human story. I had to say wow when it was done. A very satisfying read. I will certainly be listening to it again.
Robert Jordan had a very annoying tendency to constantly describe what people are wearing. This book takes that to new lows! We get to have characters arguing (or not daring to argue) with seamstresses about colors. Light blue or dark blue? Hip hugging or not? Cleavage? Wool or silk? Guess what? It does nothing for the plot! I think there are two hours in this book talking about clothing. Two hours I can never get back.
Eventually the story gets going, but that's at 90% through. If you decide to listen to this one, just start skipping when fabric is mentioned!
Very little happens in this book, and none of it is good. This book cannot stand on its own. Gone is the fun of the first book. I think you could skip this one and pick right up with the last one. I will be reading reviews carefully before chancing the last book.
There is a LOT of torture in this book. The rest of the book is good. Seriously, the torture goes on for hours. Not recommended for kids!
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