It's always interesting to "hear" the characters you've fallen in love with, and this audio book is extra special. I've "known" these characters for a while and it was enjoyable hearing them come to life thanks to Mr. Harpster. There were numerous characters and accents and he did a pretty great job keeping them straight. Listening also helps with details I miss while reading.
Victor and Alice are the standouts, of course. He's a kid with a big heart and more courage than is sometimes wise. I'm partial to Sam, too. He's definitely the person you want to have at your back.
Keeping track of all the different characters, their accents and individuality-a massive job and he did a pretty great job of it. He also helped me learn how to pronounce a few words.
Take a deep breath and don't let go!
I'd recommend this book (in any format) to those who love a great adventure, science fiction/fantasy/modern western/gothic/romance/horror. Yeah, I think that might cover it. Really, Roland's books cover lots of genres and should appeal to a wide variety of readers.
I would recommend this. The narrator is excellent, differentiating the characters with his voice. Myths and legends from different cultures are seamlessly interwoven to create a wonderful story. The main character is Hibbs. His grandmother is...more difficult to explain in a sentence or two, but she's like the life-force of the world. The secondary characters are memorable, likable - or despicable. The settings are stark, haunting, and beautiful. The writing conveys well to the spoken narration. One neat thing-I now know how to pronounce some of the names I used to stumble over :)If Tolkien came to America and wrote tales about our history, especially concerning Lakota legends, this might be a tale he would have written.
Hibbs. He doesn't have all the answers, but he learns. He is innocent-and not. He is kind and forgiving. I also like his grandmother. I'm not going to attempt to spell her name! She's fierce, but just. I like Hibbs' friends, too. The Firebird and the Flame. My other favorite characters are covered by the next question.
I loved when the Spirit Warriors came onto the scene. Like the Roman soldiers, they had honor and passion and courage. I studied the histories of the Spirit Warriors, of the time when they were still flesh, for my class. I loved hearing them brought to life.
Several places made me chuckle. Hibbs and his friends have a healthy sense of humor.
This is my first experience with an Audible book and I have to say, it's a winner!
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