Story was too slow. I had to skip chapters just to get to the main plot..as one of the readers said most of the story was just argue, argue, argue...
When I started listening to the story, I felt like I started in the middle of the book. The storyline was confusing and so were the characters. I couldn't grasp the names of the antagonists perhaps because I'm not familiar with Celtic Mythology, Celtic lore or Celtic gods & goddesses so it was hard to follow the story and the pronunciations of their names. I felt that the narrator was wrong for the main character's voice. It sounded like he had a stuffy nose whenever he read and I felt that he didn't know when to pause or when the sentences had periods because it felt like one run on sentence after another. Plus he was reading too fast for me to follow.
I felt he was just reading the words not like James Marsters( voice of Harry Dresden ) who could do voice acting and put nuances and depth to the characters voices. I mention this because there is a parallel to Jim Butcher's storyline because both storyline have the fae as adversaries and both characters have friends in werewolves and vampires, both have apprentices and both have dogs for pets, although Harry's dog can't talk to him telepathically they still could understand each other, but here's where they differ in their characters attitudes and about their lot in life. whereas dresden's character is full of angst and guilt and self-doubt, indecision and wrong decisions plus despite the fact that he's got his own business,he's poor as a church mouse, Atticus is the exact opposite, he's got self-worth and self-confidence and have a healthy self-esteem, plus he's well-off because of his business and he doesn't carry baggage like Harry does which is what drew me to the iron druid's story. even though I didn't really like the narrator's voice, I grew to tune out the stuffy nose sound and just listened to the story itself, once I got used to the name pronunciations and the storyline, I finally got into the book during the last three chapters before the ending.
I'll be listening to the next book to see if I still like this series.
I liked this book in-spite of Buck's dumb blunders, like having a saddle pack full of gold and riding on alone. I mean come on there were bands of bad guys roaming the country because of the end of the war, so he gets bush whacked and it's up to his friend and partner to get justice for him. I mean, I would have preferred Chester to be the point of interest in the whole series because he's a more interesting character. I don't know how Buck became a captain with some of his idiotic blunders or decisions with all these things happening, it doesn't make sense to make him the main character. The thing that caught my interest was the action scenes and the storyline was good.
I would have gladly purchased the paperback format for my dad because I had enjoyed the first three audiobooks fo this story. I looked on line and saw how high the prices where for the paperback format from other booksellers and thought that's ok I liked these series so much that I thought my dad would like it too. That's up until I listened to the last book when the author killed off Chester I was so pissed. He was one of the best characters in this book, and yet why would the author kill him off just to justify Buck's change of perspective on life? Why not have chester almost die of the illness but then slowly recovers from it and have them both reflect on what is important in their lives. I would have preferred that storyline, then it would have been a keeper and worth listening to over and over again or worth reading over and over again. I'm NOT gonna keep this audiobook,,perhaps I might just return all four of them because what's the point in keeping only three of the four books?
I couldn't empathize with the character of "Tess" she seem so whinny and weak..! and the storyline regarding why she had to go to ground and ends up in Xavier's household doesn't cut it with me cause it's so lame it's not even plausible. Plus to get a supposedly strong powerful Djinn like "Soren" to bargain with and she can't think of anything to give as a bargaining tool and then to top it off "Soren" agrees to her bargain which is so far fetch it's implausible!! Why would Soren do that? From the story "Oracle's Moon" He didn't like humans, so why agree to a bargain that has no meaning to him or has no worth for him personally is so unbelievable.. arggghhh... if I was reading a book rather than listening to the story on my ipod I would have thrown it at the wall!!!
Personally, I don't know what's happening to Thea's other characters storyline..I feel it's going down the tube.The only books I've reread (pocketbook) and audiobooks I've listened to again and again, so far, has been Dragos and Pia's story and the their novellas that includes the stories of peanut plus the book with Grace and Khalil's story. The other books where ok but I felt that Carling and Rune didn't really match that well and Ninian acts like a spoiled immature brat at times, rather than a queen of the dark fae and Tiago's role is just her body guard , he can't really be called a consort to the queen, because the dark fae won't stand for that from what I've read of their story, so it wasn't really enjoyable to read it again. Then there's Aryal and Quentin's story...ummm..sorry, I'm not into BDSM. I had to return that one..(audible book), I'm not sure about the next storyline with Justin and Melisande..I didn't like the shortened form of her name "Meli" it's too childish, it doesn't really put to mind that she's a "Royal" of the Light Fae Court", plus she seems to be the same spoiled immature brat, as her counter part, Ninian.
Drea's attitude after the "event' that supposedly changed her outlook on life is still judgemental and her reasons for her change of attitude is still selfish. Every decision or move she chooses is geared toward just getting more points in her favor rather than a feeling of benevolence or empathy towards others. Even the fact that she wanted to get back at the crime lord, in which she decided to get him jailed because of his crimes and yet in retrospect if you think about it, was for reasons of revenge and not because she was fighting for her life or someone else's life. The crime boss didn't even know she was alive, or was actively trying to get the FBI to arrest him even though she had no clue as to his criminal activities or crimes that happened of which she could tell the authorities about, but because of her idea to get back at Rafael, this caused, Simon to make the hard decision he had to make in regards to Drea's actions. The author's thoughts in regards to this storyline, is very convoluted and not plausible. She could have written it better with a little more forethought and research, but I guess she just wanted to get a book out.
It kept my interest enough that I didn't need to skip pages or chapters just to get to the next scene in the story. I didn't even notice the repetitive line that is so annoying, found in most of Child's books, those three little words written over and over again which is "He said nothing" that being said, I will definitely get this book for my dad!
I just finished listening to "Bad Luck and Trouble" and in this story he didn't need to carry a watch because he can keep actual time in his head, but in "One Shot" he carries a watch to keep time....??What?? does the author not know how to keep track of Reacher's character traits? and the author's repetition of the words " he said nothing" over and over again in each of his stories. Is this just a filler? does he not know how to use other words like " he remained silent" or "he didn't answer" or "he kept quiet...!!!!!" His repetitive use of "He said nothing" is very frustrating, it's as if he didn't know any other way to write it...!!
It says in Lee Childs biography that he went to law school. I would have thought he learned how to use words that means that same thing without repeating the same three words over and over again. Where did he go to college again??? and he got a degree??!!
The heroine is not a likable personality especially when she is actually a peeping tom!!How's this OK?! The author tries to explain this character trait but really... a peeping tom for our heroine?really?! Is this suppose to endear her to the readers? plus how is it logical for a house sitter and an artist be the ones to try to solve the murder in this story? as far as we know neither the hero or heroine are police or private investigators or even investigative journalists so how is it logical for them to be the one to investigate this mystery? I think the author is running out of decent stories. I agree with one of the listeners who reviewed this book, this is a cut and copy of other books she has written and she just tweaks it a little bit just to get a book out.
narrator can't do cordelia's voice, she sounded like an old lady
Heroine has too much angst, she's not a likable character.
The author killed off one of the best characters in the series! I don't like how this story has gone nor where it's going! looks like I won't be buying any more books by this author!
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