People raved about this book. So I listened and listened and listened. I never was able to differentiate among the voices , so to me it sounded like one big whine. The characters are cardboard motifs of themselves and never become more so. Patronizing missionaries go to the Congo and the expected results occur. Again seen much of that before. The reader sounds like she has too many words in each sentence and is eager to get to the end of them. The pace even at normal speed is fast. There is little change in inflection which again adds to the whine factor. The only interesting part to this book is the place setting. The Congolese women are interesting , though we never get to know any of them. All in all I was glad to get to the end of it.
I did not think such a combination was possible. The story is one of assassination. Oh, but how to do the execution without possibility of revivification or breaking the laws of Castle Black. The assassin must not contribute to the next war between the Dragon and Jhereg Clans. So many factors make this a good story. I really wanted to keep listening and enjoyed it overall.
I just had to ignore the reader's voice. Especially when it came to the main character. He was flat. It made it so that I did not like my main character. He sounded childish and petulant. He did a pretty good job with every one else. The female voices also were too faint. I had to keep increasing the volume for the women and then putting it down again for the men. Surely a technician should have been able to control this. In spite of all this , though, we listened to the whole thing. Great Story!
I urge to listen to this story...if... you like action, sci-fi . Those are not uncommon combinations. However, I find that many times the action overwhelms the characters in a story. This is not the case with "The lives of Tao". Wesley Chu takes the time to develop his main characters and we care about them. We also feel the conflict he is dragged into. This story works on many levels. The reader added to the pleasure by making sure we knew who was involved when and giving them their voice. I was sad when we got to the end and am looking forward to book 2.
The premise of this book is interesting. I do not know much about video games and to have a thriller based with that as a platform caught my imagination. However, the author then conjures up a series of events involving other scenarios . I don't want to spoil anyone's listening experience. The story offers a little of everything , it should , it is long enough,maybe even a little too much. That is my only criticism. The reader however keeps it moving right along wonderfully. My husband and I listened together and enjoyed it.
I am now a little over 4hrs into this one. Not much has happened..kingdom lost , hero escaped murder what..? Is this not exciting ? What , why not? The descriptions are beautiful. I love magic statues. Hate to say this but the reader is not helping. My expectations may have been too high, but I expected a performance like I got from Brendan Sanderson's Radiance. Noah Michael Levine does tell us with his voice who is speaking but inflection is all flat. So far our lovers have not met in the flesh.
For her part , the author seems to have followed a recipe. One war, two lovers, add a little magic and cross your fingers. The characters are not well drawn so far. I do not really care for them at all.
If this turns out to be a romance novel I am going to be disappointed. I will keep slugging and let you know if my impressions change.
The man sees and inert acts with ghosts. His name is Odd. Got my curiosity. Our hero is poetic and waxes eloquent about much...the sinewy snakes on the river...nice but in a story about ghost?! and there is too much of it in there for me! Too many things happens,such as a ghost giving up her ghostliness for no explained reason other than he gave her such a reassuring smile. I waited for substance or character development but in vain. This is a light hearted romantic novel. the reader does a good job with the material provided and it doesn't become maudlin. That is probably why my husband and I made it to the end. We were grateful when it was done.
What a story. Had my husband and I on the edge of our seats for the whole time. Just now found out it is book 2 of 10. I wish Brandon Sanderson long life! The readers were wonderful. Each character felt authentic and separate. Great work.
If you like older adventurous women , who do not fear death , Mrs Polifax will charm you like she charmed me. I love her oh what the hell attitude. You only live once. The reader does a great job once again keeping everyone straight and I feel she adds to the story giving Mrs. Polifax wit and character.
I didn't have high expectations for this book,but the preview intrigued me and I figured at worse it would be an old biddy spy book. Cute and not too exciting. Well, Dorothy Gilman delivered a plot that was more involved than anticipated and Mrs Polifax was gutsier than I would have thought. Let's hear it for women in their 60s.
The reader did a great job even with the male voices. Can't wait to hear book 2
I have to agree with Andrew this is a fast-paced book. Flows easily and the readers good to listen to.
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