His ultra-conservative pulpit got old after a while and became most of the dialogue. Kept hoping he'd get to the story but that seemed to escape all but near footnotes of the book.
Removing the regulation arguments or the characters posturing those opinions would leave a short story.
Listen to a book every four or five days and am exposed to a wide variety of writing styles. Mr. Rothfuss' style is a keeper. It is nice to listen to a story where character development is interesting, the plot is well connected and the looming doom has relevance.
The general flow of the story may remind one of a cross between "Harry Potter" without the goofiness and "The Wheel of Time" without the constant "soap opera" posturing.
The "magic" in this book is probably my favorite of all types pulling some from the magical concepts of Voodoo and "channel the existing power of Nature".
A side benefit, if you're looking for a "bargain", the listening length of 28 hours is a "lot of book" for the money.
As for this reader, I'll be looking forward to letting Mr. Rothfuss take me a continuing flight of fancy.
I've been so disappointed by most female authors but I keep coming back and trying another. The few I have found "have got me". Many of the authors have their 90 pound heroin in pumps press the 250 pound bodyguard against the wall with one hand and force him to talk... or something similar. In all fairness to both sexes I don't like it a male takes on two or three either. To those of us who can, and know how to fight, one person beating three equal sized opponents is as realistic as warp drive engines.
Ms Grafton doesn't try to dazzle us with the impossible. Her heroin is smart and in shape but not a cyborg.
Ms Grafton's writing is intelligent and humorous and she has a new fan.
Came about thaaaat close to not buying this one based on a couple negative reviews. All I can say is, if you enjoy Virgil ala Sanford, this one is as good as any of them.
Some of the prior complaints:
"Multiple Jennifers", who cares? for an audible book, the narrator separates characters as much as the name.
"Parallel dog story": Considered it a bonus, two stories in one. This is typical of Sanford and a story telling technique used by many popular authors.
"Finding the dog owner": Seems a trivial concern as "99.5%" of the town was there anyway, people who really want to recover animals post pictures around town.
Buy the book and black list me if I've steered you wrong :)
There were a lot of good things about this book. The audio performance is spot on, that alone can add much to the value. Much as Oscar performance can take a mediocre script and work magic, so has Mr. Reynolds. Many prior reviewers have taken note.
By contrast to several prior reviews, which complained of slowness early, I found the character development one of the more enduring parts of the story.
What I chastise here, is the constant "need" to profane the dialogue. If "curse when you can't think of anything to say" is true, our author was wordless throughout much of the mid-book.
For my part, all the profanity was neither needed nor wanted.
As an avid audible fan, doing 50 books+ a year, I have to look for some variety and sometimes try female authors. Almost always disappointed eventually by their stories.
Women authors often tend to fall into the trap of writing their heroines to be more super males than females. Not this one, her females are female. Our heroin doesn't win the day by out arm wrestling the local pub champ, she does it by being clever and persistent.
On top of that, the vocal performance is captivating. Confess a weakness for an elegant British accent, but Ms Kellgren is so much more. She brings a life to the story that few readers attain and has catapulted herself past dozens of others to the top of my vocal performers list. As a friend once told me, "I'd listen to Morgan Freeman read a phone book." (as would I). Ms Kellgren has made my Phone Book Club.
Bravo to them both, what an enjoyable couple days.
Give this one some time. At first the slow speech and drawl put me off thinking they'd taken a 9 hr book and extended it to 18 by talking slow... The speech and the plot both pick up speed until they are at a dead run. Good technical knowledge also adds to the story.
Hard to add to the eloquent review of prior reviews but I'll add some personal insights.
Stephen King has a talent from writing either books I love or books I hate, ne'er the twain shall meet. This is the former.
My personal standpoint is I like men who are men. You know REAL MEN, not the guy who breaks another man's nose but men of strong personal convictions who take the well-being of those around him seriously. I like strong sassy women who stand their ground but also enjoy their man. This book has both and a delightful... and sometimes shameful... trip down a road paved in nostalgia.
Those with similar tastes should see not a picture of JFK on the cover but instead a picture of Stephen King standing at the plate and pointing at the outfield.
I do more than 50 books a year and try to review at least the best and the worst. This is in that "top 10%". Thoroughly entertained throughout. Have noted that wife editors rule. Excellent book.
Almost all these audio performers are good but Mr. Lane is a gem.
Ya know... I'm writing this only 3 hrs into the book but having done several hundred audio books in the last 7 years... can tell you already it's worth the listen.
Picked this up off a 3 for 2 sale because I'd watched some of the episodes of the TV show. The TV show is good but this is better. It's really a bit early for me to say a lot about the plot on this story but novels are 90% filler between plot advances and the filler is the gem of the book. Mr Johnson has it going on...
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