The story ranks in my top 15 but it might actually be 15. That's not a bad thing with the amount of listening I've done.
There are many memorable moments. The author keeps you constantly on edge with the potential of something bad happening to someone good.
I personally love Mr. Gardner's voice and delivery (ie: The Stand, Hangman's Daughter) His deliberate pauses and vocal inflection's based on the character speaking, make you forget there is just one person reading. What I get from listening to him is the closest thing to an ensemble performance.
No, it was better to stretch it out over 3 days, to savor it. I never enjoy having a good book or series come to an end I always fear not being able to find another.
This story is nearly on par with The Mathew Corbett Mysteries (Robert McCammon). It's a similar setting and time. That's also a series that draws you in and won't let go.
Certain ones, yes. Friends that enjoy magic and action.
The Iron Druid, duh...
No, but I enjoyed it.
The whole series was great fun and I look forward to the next book coming in Nov. '12.
Yes, and when my credits run out, I will. It's such a great story. As always, getting to know the characters and beginning to care about them and what their doing is the hardest part for me. Usually, once I get through that first part, I can finish and frequently fully enjoy and/or love a book. This story is one that I loved! Book 2 was just as good.
The main character, of course.
Can't choose, too many and hard to explain anyway.
I have no answer for this.
Anyone who loved Harry Potter should enjoy this book.... Just stick with it, don't give up! It really pays off! Then get book 2.
Yes, I would recommend this but only to certain people. This is a good story and richly detailed and descriptive. It is difficult to stay with for nearly the first half. Until you become familiar with and love the characters, one may find it long and tedious. Once invested in them, you will care very deeply for them, even some of the villians and you cannot wait to find out what happens next.
Edard Stark. He was honorable, valiant, fair and courageous. And imperfect. He reminded me of my own father.I must also choose another: Dani, Mother of Dragons. We watched as she went from slave to her brother, to Calisi, to Queen and mother.
Hard choice.... It's between Ned Stark, the Karl (Dani's husband) and Tirrian Lannester (the Imp). I apologize for my spellings...it was an audio book!
The Seven Kingdoms
Let me start by saying that Roy Dotrice was excellent, may he rest in peace. He helped you to visualize the characters with the enormity of voices and accents he produced. There are few that are better than he was. Frank Muller, being the only one that comes to mind.
As a criticism, the editing process was poorly done, in my humble opinion. There were a great deal of repeated sentences throughout the entire audio. There may have been a reason that I am unaware of but I can not think of any possibilities. I found it minorly annoying but it did not take away from the grandeur of the story.
Wow, what an amazingly complex and incredible story! There is a great deal to learn about Sanderson's world, past and present and it's characters, past and present. The characters are deep and rich and so intricately woven into each-other, whether they know it or not, and they are all steeped in ritual, pride, honor and ignorance. Sound familiar?
I lost myself in the imagining of what was happening at any given time during the story and this allowed me to easily endure the sometimes slow and monotone nature of the narration. I am always aware of being to critical of something I can't do better than another, but the narration was my only hurdle with this wonderful story. Michael Kramers voice was clear, concise and unwavering, but lacked some charisma and personality. Kate Readings voice had more of those desirable qualities but I still found myself wanting more 'zip' in the story-telling. Over-all, I put it at #16 of my listens- out of several hundred.
I liked Peter and the Star Catchers, as did my wife and 14 year old, so naturally we got the next 2 books in the series. None of us found ourselves "hooked" (pun intended) on anything but Jim Dales incredible talent to bring a story to life! We leave our Jim Dale experiances feeling as though we had just watched a lengthy movie instead of listened to an audiobook. I feel as though I saw all the HP movies long before they came out.
I fear a backlash here, but these next two stories in Peters saga are redundant, predictable and simple and other than the narrator, would mostly only intrigue the under 14 crowd, which is where it is aimed anyway, so that's perfect. Adults would find much more satisfaction in the Dark Tower Series from Stephen King if they want true 5 star writing and listening.
I really enjoyed this Stepen King book, as I guess I always do reading King books. Who am I to critisize anyway? The story moves along and never gets bogged down into a boring filler area. SK is the master storyteller of this and last century. This story won't disappoint anyone who is a SK fan.
I suppose my one critique would be that I didn't care for Raul Esparza's narrative character voices. Just his narrative voice was fine but the characters, especially the female ones, came off rather poorly. I am not being hyper-critical here because I know that the delivery of so many voices is very difficult and I couldn't do it.
For those who haven't read King before, don't let his reputation fool you, his stories are character driven, not just blood and guts. That aspect of his books is secondary. It's what might happen- and sometimes does- that keeps you listening/reading.
Thank You, Mr. King, for giving us many hours of gripping entertainment yet again!
Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake and Oy live!!
Mark Simpson - Sutton VT
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