©2009 Peter V. Brett; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"Brilliant, with action and suspense all the way." (Best-selling author, Terry Brooks)
Fascinating story lines.
No, but at first, I found his reading style to be a little... off. Everything seemed a little grave and serious and deeep. But I got used to it, and I think the reading became more varied with more situations and characters.
The warded man was an wonderful read.The character building was great and I fell in love with the characters right away seeing Arlan and Leesha together one day.
This is such an interesting story! It is different from anything else I have ever heard. It was scary and sweet and beautifully narrated!!!! It is such a great story!!!!!
Don't say I didn't warn you. Pete Brett will soon be one of your very favored fantasy writers..... You become part of the story,,,, it takes a special talent to totally absorb the reader..... Trust me on this one.
THE WARDED MAN is my favorite audiobook out of the 40 or so I've listened to. It's a great start to a very promising series. I think I would still love it even if I wasn't such a fantasy geek. The 3 main characters and the world they live in are expertly crafted. I also like the narrator for adding a minimum of dramatization. He just reads the book as he should and lets it speak for itself. I thouroughly enjoyed this book.
I was advised to read this by a friend, and while I generally think he has good taste in books, I cannot think of why he recommended this. Brett has turned the possibility of an interesting, futuristic world of Hell and magic into just another sword-and-sorcery fantasy. His characters are made of cardboard and talk like 'simple, humble country folk' in the same way that the 'Native Americans' talked like Native Americans in Disney's animated Peter Pan. At points the dialog was so ridiculous as to be laughable. I hate not finishing a book, but I stopped somewhere around the supposed climax because it had become that uninteresting. There are no surprises, and a few of his plot points even violate the common sense of his world.
The narration is generally good, although Bradbury certainly doesn't give any life to the songs that Brett periodically puts in. At the end of the day, this book just made me angry for being so recommended and yet so bad. It is certainly no contribution to the genre of fantasy.
This book was absolutely fantastic. An intriguing world with great characters and an interesting system of magic. Right up until the graphic love scene at the end. I was looking forward to finishing the series, but now I think I'll pass.
I have very much been enjoying listening to this book. The story is so interesting! All the details and background stories that intertwine the characters make them feel very real. It is very well-read as well. I enjoy the narrator very much. A great buy!
2/3rds of the book are character development between a few diffferent characters. It is slow and trudges along. Eventually the book starts to develope into something good though. Not the best fantasy, but interesting and worth a listen. Hopefully the second book will make up for the slow start of the first.
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