This book was amazing on many many levels. Sure, it is a great story, a GREAT story! But it also reminds us of a time long gone and how people used to live with honor and with little else sometimes. And how things just HAPPEN and it isn't always someone's fault (and although there isn't a lot of litigation, you may just get hanged for an offense to watch out). Then there is the love story aspect. And the friendship aspect. Finally, the AMAZING Davina Porter, who does such a beautiful job of bringing all of these rich characters to life. Let's just say, I can't wait until the next one comes out. Thanks Diana and Davina.
I liked the story alot, I'm a Kearsley fan. Unfortunately this reader is very annoying and distracting for two reasons (1) voice sounds constantly like an advertisement or a voice over/newscaster style. Not natural (2) she puts very odd pauses as she reads which makes listening difficult - e.g. in the phrase "coal stove" there is a pause between coal and stove, or with "not very long" there's a long pause between not and very long. its just not easy to listen to.
I really, really want to like this book. I love epics, and I loved the Wheel of Time series (Robert Jordan). I thought BS did a great job on the final book of the series. But this book? I just don't get it. I'm 2 hours in, and I have to force myself to continue. Firstly, there is just soooo much going on from the very beginning -- but what is very much lacking is any character that you can care about from a human perspective (which is what made Jordan's books so magnetic). So far, it's just a lot of fighting, gore, and imprisonment. Why should we care?
Also, as much as I love Michael Kramer (and I'm sure Kate Reading) I REALLY wish they had chosen someone else to narrate. Given that these are the same two readers as the whole Wheel of Time series, I keep expecting the names Rand, Matt, and Perrin to come up. It's just very distracting to have the exact same readers, with the same inflections, and the same general subject.
I'm really hoping that I get in to this, I'd really like to. We'll see...
Jordan does a great job in this book developing the friendships among the main characters and also delves into each one individually. I like it. I do miss Rand as a young man, though, I liked that more innocent side of him in the story. I got a little confused with some of the many many added characters in this book, and some have very similar names (e.g. Caden, Cadsuain, etc). But I'm queing up number 8! can't wait to see how this all turns out.
there are a LOT of characters in this episode. I found it confusing to try to follow all of the different splits and interactions. I loved the parts about Perryn and Faile, and Mat and Rand and Min. All great! And of course Iguaine and Elayne and Ninive. It wasn't those characters that were confusing it was all of the others that are introduced or reintroduced. As always, the readers are great, and when I got to the end I wished it wasn't over.
Lots of intrigue and character development (though I could have predicted what happened in the last hour with three of the characters). A few really great cliffhangers for the next book. I miss Perrin and Fayile from the last book - on to book 6 to see if they show up!
Judy Kaye is such a wonderful reader, she can even make "I-who-hates-McDonald's" crave a "QP with cheese" LOL. This is a very clever story and it is nice that Grafton gives enough hints to make it fun to figure out what will happen next, without making it too easy (and consequently boring). I'm 2/3 through and already wishing the book was longer!
This was my first Danielle Steele book since I was a teenager and I wholeheartedly can say I know why. The story was predictable and the characters undeveloped. For the amount of actual story involved (vs simple repetition of the same thing over and over and over and over...well, you get it) this book should have been about a half an hour. You know when you get 2 1/2 hours into it and nothing meaningul has happened it isn't going to be a good read. Don't waste your money or credit.
I had just visited LA to see the King Tut exhibit so I was really in the mood! I was afraid the story would be tedious but it really wasn't, it is a great period-based story, and the reader is AMAZING. It was hard to believe that a woman was ready all of those male vocal parts. But you have to forget about that or it kind of ruins it. I loved this, I will get another one.
OK, I am a very kind person, and if a reader isn't great, I usually don't say anything. But this reader is so bad it is distracting. Bless him, he is trying to do a lot of character voices and that must be difficult. But the accents are truly weird - one of the main characters goes from sounding asian, new york, yiddish then elderly in one sentence. And the other characters are no better (but when the reader uses his own voice as narration, he's great) In addition, the reader puts very very odd emphasis on words - eg. instead of saying "reception" he says "reCEP...tion" and on and on. Anyway, love the story, I"m a lawyer in SF so it was very fun to hear. Just be prepared for the lousy reading.
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