Of the Novels and Novellas, this is the weakest.
While there is plenty that is done right, good action, and the bringing of Owen Kennedy into the storyline, the story sections told from Granuaile's perspective, in her voice isn't really necessary. Not that 'important' things don't occur, but it doesn't merit the emphasis it seems. Rather it slows things down and sidetracks much. Then, putting it in present tense, as opposed to Atticus's past, while maybe done for an artistic/storytelling reason, just adds to the jarring of the story. Her POV worked very well in Hunted and seemed necessary. Here, it does not.
Owen Kennedy's perspective is done that way as well, but as he's now in the present, 2000 years lost, it makes more sense. And his perspective seems to add to the story, add to the main character, Atticus, and is just far more interesting compared to Granuaile.
Also, I enjoy Oberon and his observations a lot. But it's becoming too much of a good thing. Where is was heroic and added pertinent observations, that has faded to the background in favor of sidekick humor and over the top sausage theory stuff.
Finally, it seems that tearing down Atticus and his competence is a route to allow other characters to step forward and come into their own. He gets some buildups, but more in the opposite direction.
Although some of the voices seem to have drifted, it's understandable as there are so many, and keeping them distinct. Which he does well.
No extreme reactions. I did laugh at some of Oberon's commentary.
I think the addition of Owen Kennedy to the story is the best part of the novel.
For plot reasons, the author had to separate Granuaile and Atticus communication, and the cellphone made this hard. Letting them run out of battery power...then when they get to a plug, for example, not making a call, seemed odd.
This is a really good novel, and excellent narration, I think that it just slips from what I've come to expect.
I think it is a novel that while moving things forward, and has some major revelations, is also focused on setting the pieces in place for the anticipated final two novels in the series.
It's a solid listen, especially for those interested in WW II naval warfare.
The narrator was competent and relayed events in a way that while not flashy, got the job done. The weakness came in the inconsistency of the recording. There were times where it sounded very 'spliced' with sound varying and the narrator's tone shifting. Sometimes for only for a sentence or two, and sometimes for a minute or two.
I enjoyed listening to the tales the author (James F Calvert) relayed based on his experiences aboard the USS Jack, and some of his experiences on shore, including the Tokyo visit near the end of the book.
Only if they enjoy RPGs or D&D.
The problem for me was some of the narrators were very good and others not so good, making it a mixed bag.
I listen to many of my audiobooks multiple times. This title isn't high on my list for a re-listen. I may pick out a few of the stories with the better narrators for selected short listens.
Overall this was okay. Weakness in the all star cast was a major drawback.
The character actors/voices. Added to the experience as compared to single narrator.
There are five 10 to 15 minute episodes, so perfect for a short drive. They could've been listened to in one sitting just as well.
Better than campy, being old-school style radio drama with better than corny humor that made me smile--and a good dose of subtle humor which occurred regularly.
The plots weren't predictable and were good fun.
I'd listened to (and read) the first novel (Confessions of a D-List Supervillain) and enjoyed how seamlessly Origins blended with the characters and storyline originally established.
That said, it's just an engaging story, how Calvin Stringel became Mechani-Cal, how and why his life's direction soured and what he attempted to do to remedy it, and the results. It was fun and flowed and kept my interest.
Seeing heroes and villains that appeared in the first novel appear and play a part in Origins.
Cal. He gets the tone and attitude just right.
You can start with Origins of a D-List Supervillain, or start with Confessions of a D-List Supervillain and really enjoy either and both.
I'm very much looking forward to another novel in the series.
It ranks in the solid middle. That may be because romance elements are not my thing.
Liked: I think the narrator had good pacing and appropriate voice.
Disliked: There were several instances where there were voice overlays, or a second or two where two voices were speaking. Also a few places where there were overly long pauses.
A cross between stories being told and mythical lessons, giving some of the history and background for the Land of Erana.
I enjoyed the descriptions and language (word choice) used by the author.
I found this book to be interesting, but it was one that I had to pay close attention or I'd have to skip back, as the author builds upon his ideas discussed.
Not a good book for listening to while multi-tasking.
I enjoyed Hank and how he dealt with the variety of characters. Hank knows he's tough but not totally indestructible and not the sharpest tool in the shed. But he gets things done, his way, in his own time. I enjoyed Hank's commentary and remarks. They made me smile and a few made me laugh out loud.
At first the voice didn't seem to fit Hank as depicted on the cover. But once I got into the story, I didn't notice and it worked pretty well for me.
I laughed a few times.
Although the storyline 'appears' to meander a bit, what happens gets woven into the plot as it advances. In any case, the characters and situations Hank has to deal with are entertaining from beginning to end.
The signing by the three women (magical/echoing) stood in stark contrast to the radio communication of the three pilots, which added to the contrast of objectives.
I'd heard this Atlanta Radio Theater Company performance years ago and it stuck with me, and when I came across it, getting a copy was a no-brainer. It's a compact story, imaginative with a bit of mystery and suspense as to how it'll end.
I do not own a print version.
Yes. There were turns in the story that kept me interested and guessing where things were going. The bad guys were crafty in the ways they worked to achieve their goals, and I didn't know for sure how things might end.
He gets the voices and inflected attitudes of Bones and Maddock just right.
I really enjoyed the wise cracks made by Bones.
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