He's not a total sociopath. CIA over-powerful creeps get theirs.
The girl because she was smart but not perfect at everything.
The hilarity of his acyrologia. Prostate, indeed!
It's what I do.
He snuffed her just like that?
Finally some resolutions we have been waiting for. There was plenty of action and plenty of surprises. And I knew that crazy guy would return to wreak havoc!
King Peter has become my favorite. I can't wait for the final showdown, and for him to become a great, unifying leader.
I can't think of any voices I especially liked. They are fine and the story moves on. However, I will repeat my annoyance at the accents of the Roamers (mentioned in my review of the previous volume). These people all have names that are either Scots-Irish or Sino-Japanese, yet they sound like American cowboys or bumpkins. Totally wrong.
Yes, but you need to sleep sometime, and maybe go to work. Nearly every chapter ends on a cliffhanger, so you have to wait to see how they will deal with this new pickle. But there is so much happening across the spiral arm, so many people in so many sticky situations that you have to jump around to see it all!
This is truly a saga of galactic proportions. I will continue listening till the universe ends!
This is a very rambling life story. I kept wondering what the point was and where this was going, but yet I was engaged the whole time. It is all believable and interesting and engrossing. I just can't grasp the author's point. Novels are usually ABOUT something, be it struggle, enduring, the quest, good will triumph, friendship, revenge..... But I don't see that here. I love the people and the rules of magic here. I love the narration. Where are we going?
Nick Podehl's narration is fantastic! Such voices! He made it so good that I didn't care where we were going, just take me along!
Yes, it was great. Both readers did a fantastic, sensitive job.
Aside from the main characters, I like the English teacher. He was roll-your-eyes enthusiastic. He asked the important question in the story.
Very tender, sensitive reading.
Can teen love survive?
There is swearing, a lot, especially right at the beginning, but many people do talk that way, and many kids do when they are trying out their growing-up.This is a teen novel, but it addresses many things. There are different kinds of dysfunctional families, yet some work--those are more probably the ones we call normal. Kids can be cruel, but adults can be criminally cruel. Kids can also be supportive and understanding and so can parents, surprisingly. It is easy to tell kids, "Just talk to a trusted adult," but when your life is eggshells, who can you trust? Is young love less valid than mature love? And then, there is the English teacher's question.
The children suffer.
The shepherd dad. He was doing the best he could with the knowledge he had. I wanted to care for him and teach him and help him help his son. I did not want to make him be me.
Nope, not yet. But here is one case where an author does a great job reading his own book. His accents are great. He infuses the lines with the personality of each speaker. I enjoyed his voice and timber.
No. I was expecting Ingrid Bergman hiking over the Himalayas with 30 orphans dodging bullets and famine. I got tired in the middle and listened to another book, then came back to this. It was great. There is some danger, just not like Ingrid. Nevertheless, it is an important book.
I will include this book in the short list of required cultural reading in my Chinese classes. Everyone needs to learn the lessons Conor learned--that cultures are different, and even in maddening, they work in their way. Words do not mean the same thing even if you translate them: dinner in Nepal does not conjure up the same image or emotion as it does in the US or Japan or Zimbabwe. Time can be measured differently. Right can vary from place to place. Help does not always mean solving problems. Enough is different here and there. Enough is enough.
No, many will enjoy the book just as well. I like to be able to wash dishes or drive and enjoy a book. I feel lazy if I just sit and read.
I liked Jess Tamblin until he went all alien weird. He is dashing, heroic and responsible. King Peter is turning out to be a worthy hero; let's see if he makes it.
His reading is good, his voices are good. his accents are good. All EXCEPT FOR THE ROAMERS (or is it Romers, as in the Romani?) The Roamers' names are all Scots-Irish or Sino-Japanese, so WHY does he give them a Kentucky-cowboy-Southern (US) accent? WHY? Why?
Yes, definitely. I had to make myself turn it off to sleep. It does get old that every chapter is a cliff-hanger, and every book as well, but I do want to know what happens.
I cannot imagine dreaming up the plots and characters of so many disparate worlds and beings. There is so very much going on in these books--at least 7 distinct beings and species, more worlds than that, and so many personal hidden agendas that it was hard to grasp it all at first, but after half of the first book, they become well-known and cared about.
Not really. Listening to the end, realizing it was the end, I discovered I must have missed the middle. Just as well. I didn't care about the people and couldn't figure out who were the Clans and who weren't and who the rest of them were. The battle mechs and interstellar wars are all the rage now. It's like a Harry Potter spinoff--never as good as the model.
No idea. How do you make a dud a hit? It's that X factor mix of credibility and likability. the battle scenes were very active, but somehow not quite there. And, as I have said, I didn't care about any of the characters. How do you make someone like you?
He did all sorts of voices EXTREMELY well; it was hard to believe there was only him doing the reading. He does the racial/national accents well too, just not the Chinese names. Have Chris call me and I can coach him on those.
Yes, it would probably make millions. Put in the current pretty boy and ripped, lean girl, and voila. Maybe Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt--no wait, that was Edge of Tomorrow.
I couldn't figure out the order of the 3 downloads, so I ended up skipping one. It was annoying that there were 3 downloads like 3 separate books--Audible, what's up with that? It's not like it was longer than a Tom Clancy single download.
Engrossing confusing satisfying
Some of the flashbacks/memories are very poignant and real. I felt the sadness and loss.
His reading is very tender, and helped me like the protagonist.
She's dead, no she's alive, she's dead, no, wait, what?
The story is a bit convoluted and improbable, and I kept having to ask, now just who is THAT person? It was a little annoying to have so many 180s. It could have been condensed a bit to make the whole thing tighter. But, the plot was still enjoyable and worth trying another by the author.
Well, despite the several killings, suicides, and bombings, this was a boring story. Cut out some of the conversation, and maybe it would be better.
I may listen to the next one just to see if I warm up to the unfeeling protagonist; if not, that will be it for Sean Dillon.
I think the narrator did a fine job. The story was boring.
I read 2 other books in between listenings to this--it was that not engaging.This is not a hero to make my heart pound. He is a sociopath with a warped or dishonest sense of honor (?). His big line is, "I always pay my debts." Except when it is, "I always keep my word." And he expects others to do the same. Maybe I was yawning when it happened, but I missed the part where he could collect his payment even though he hadn't completed his part of the bargain. Now, don't get me wrong, I am happy that the good guys survived and the bad guys didn't, but this was all too weird. This is not honor, even the among-thieves kind. It just made him a jerk.
What right-minded head of Intelligence and Captain aide leave a man for dead without checking? Seriously? If that's what you count on to stay alive, I fear your time is up.
I haven't read the print version. I didn't like the font of Cinder. I lover this narrator, so choose to listen.
I love the seamstress. She is genuinely good, sweet, considerate, and the innocent, unwitting cause of many problems. I cannot get over the feeling that the characters are a little flat. Soler's voice changes are there, but within a much narrower range than that of Thorn to the doctor to Cinder to Cress, which adds to my impression of flat characters. The characters don't have much character.
This book does not show off her talents the way the others do. There are not so many characters, and there is much less action. Yet, she does a good job with what she is given, grammatical errors and all.
After listening to it twice, looking back, I don't think so. I like the story, but it just doesn't grab the way Cinder and Cress do. It is valuable and enjoyable to know the back story, but Levana makes her evil choices and becomes who she will be. I think the best point made in the story refers to mirrors--lots of allegories there. Levana hates mirrors because they reflect what she isn't-- beautiful, capable, good enough. Although she is a capable ruler, she never feels sufficient. She is always trying to be someone else, and is very focused on her physical appearance. She hates the reality, and strives for the false.Cinder, on the other hand, begins to hate mirrors for fear of what she might become. Cinder is very confident in herself as a mechanic, and doesn't fret over her plain looks. She does feel inadequate to be a queen, but, as she proves, she CAN escape from prison and go to Africa, and she CAN lead a rebellion. These successes will help her develop into someone who CAN be queen. When she begins using her gift, she begins to distrust and dislike herself fearing that she might turn wicked. The mirrors show her the plain mechanic not her glamour. She focuses on her inner character not her outer appearance. She hates the falsity and not the illusion.
If you loved the Lunar books, you must read this. It is not my favorite, but still adds to the saga.
This story shows the importance of developing trust and love, usually from infancy, and the problems people face and cause for society if they don't grow up learning to trust and love. Levana has valid reasons for her insecurity and lack of self-esteem. She develops the twisted notions of and desperate yearning for love common to people who grew up without it. We can understand and feel sorry for her while deciding that she must be eliminated. These psychological causes and motivations ring true and form the basis of the best of the story.
Despite all the good here, there are a few things that don't jive. First of all are the glamours. Much is made of Levana's glamoured beauty, so striking that Prince Kai is mesmerized. When Cinder is captured at the ball and her net interface undoes Levana's glamour, the face revealed does not seem to be the face revealed to Everett, and to us. Cinder's remark, "You're NOT beautiful!" does not ring true if the face her cyborg interface indicated were the one revealed to Everett. Does she have a double layer of glamour, or something?
Both Prince Kaito and Dr. Erland made points of how stunning Cinder's glamour was. Kai said it was "painful", and the doctor said it was nearly identical to her mother's. So identical that Levana recognized Cinder because of it. Yet, NO mention is made of Chanery's glamours in Fairest except to say that she was good at it. Seems to me, it should have been a bigger deal.
Second, Winter is born the same ebony color as her father, then gets several shades lighter in Fairest, until in Cress she is merely warm brown. This loss of color confuses me, but not as much as choosing the opposite skin color for Snow White.
Third and fourth are more about format. There are no fairy tale chapter headings as there are in the other books. Parallelism and consistency and all that.
Finally, some of the grammar mistakes that plagued the first books continue here, but not so badly. Ms. Meyers does not know the usage of "may" versus "might", as well as several other details. At least there are no great gaffes like having the silk gloves melt as in Cinder. It is painful to me to have such wonderful stories contain errors that could and should have been easily fixed. Where are the editors?
Yes. Although it is a very short story, it has the action and characters of Steelheart. There is a new Epic, with his weaknesses as well. There is some contemplation about the nature of gods versus men, the reason Epics have they weaknesses they do, and the strength of humanity. All in one tiny little package! And the narrator is awesome.
So as not to venture into spoiler area, let me just say that humans coming together can accomplish great things.
He gets the humor of the metaphors, and the youth of David. He does voices well without falsetto. He rarely gets emphases wrong. All good.
Easier to be a hero than an administrator
Don't freak out that this is so short. Authors like to try different things; they don't have to make everything epic (intended). Just know that this is a short story going in and enjoy it. I understand that this will be mentioned in the next book.
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