My apologies, I wrote my review on book 2 and meant it to be on book 1!
I read a lot of SciFi and this book was a good listen. The narrators voice was a bit difficult for me at first, but once I got used to her, she was actually a very good story teller. The book was written in 1979, so some of the themes are quite dated (The Soviet Union for example), however while dated, it was an entertaining read. I have just purchased the second book and will be listening to it right after I finish Neil Gaiman's latest book.
Typical George RR Martin read, get you interested in a character, kill said character. Also, some characters seem to have changed their personalities from their last appearance in the series (In a very bad way). The narration was not very good (normally I like Roy Dotrice).
Lots of words, but not much happening. I am sort of stuck with reading the series, but I can't say I enjoyed much of the book.
I liked the book, but it was all over the place. I found the time line very disjointed and hard to follow at times. Great story with a great introduction by Lance.
I recommend this series, though you should not enter into the series looking for an in-depth fantasy read. The book is much more about romance than fantasy, the overall story is good, but very slow. I purchased all 5 books at once (thanks Audible for the great sale), and was shocked to end the story arc on book 4! Book 5 was after the arc with different main characters and it ended up being a good read as well, so no worries there. Two big caveats:
1) Do not listen the the authors introduction until after you have read the book. Ms. Shinn actually shares with you a lot of what happens in the book, I do not want to know ANYTHING about the story until I start listening to it!
2) Beware the narrator changes: Books 1 & 2 I thought were narrated very well, books 3 & 4 changed gender on the narrator, and while the narrator from books 3&4 is a bit boring, there was not a huge impact. The narrator in book 5 mis-pronounces a couple of main characters names, which is disruptive and she is not as good as the first narrator. Fortunately, book 5 deals primarily with different characters from different points of view.
I really hate when narrators change, since it disrupts my view of the characters, however generally is something easily overcome. In book 5, the narrator mis-pronounces the name of several key characters! You want to talk about impacting your read, every time a characters name is mis-pronounced, I find myself yelling at the book with the correct pronunciation. Do they not check with the author on pronunciation? It seems to really hurt the flow of a 5 book series. At least when the narrator changed from book 2 to 3, they narrator pronounce character names consistently with the first narrator.
Over all, all five books are good and I would purchase again, just be prepared for some issues with flow.
I almost did not purchase this book. Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors, but 7 hour childrens book did not sound like my cup of tea. Fortunately Mr. Gaiman himself is reading the book, and I admittedly would buy a car stereo owners manual to listen to him read!
This book is classic Gaiman, interesting characters and the unbelievable presented in a matter of fact and believable way. Gaiman lends credibility to the story, by reading the story in the way he had written. "Bod", the lead in this story is well developed and an interesting cast of characters surround him.
I gave this book 5 stars and my only criticism of the book is it is too short!
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