Bahzell is no knight in shining armor, and besides he has too many problems of his own to be messing with anybody else's problems - let alone the War God's. Unfortunately, the War God has other ideas for him.
©1995 David M. Weber (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
"Weber builds [worlds] with a nice eye for detail, above-average knowledge of history, and a pleasing amount of wit." (Booklist)
A black and white classic villain and hero, a linear and predictable storyline and unremarkable characters in a yarn that is at times amusing but mostly tedious.
The reading style is very dramatic yet superbly executed, with an attention to detail that is commendable. The reader pulls the experience up considerably, which is why I rate this audiobook as mediocre rather than just plain bad. An excellent performance by the reader.
Cannot reccomend the book, it is neither clever, amusing nor innovative enough for that.
SV Wings of the Dawn
The performer is a poor reader. He is over working his voice trying to make the story exciting where it is supposed to be a normal voice. The names of the characters are difficult as so many sound nearly the same.
There is too much history alluded to that presupposes the listener has read a previously published serial, but there is none. Otherwise it seams that the book was written overnight without the use of a HUMAN editor. But then that seems to be the case with most modern tomes.
Ok to listen to, but I would not recommend it. Every character is one dimensional - either 100% good or 100% evil. Got tired fast. The world the author created was interesting, so a star for that.
Life in his Love
Give it a go, if you like fantasy well written this book is for you.
Artist, Craftsman, Professor of Sculpture, Chef, Powerlifter and avid listener of audio books.
Had someone such as Simon Vance, Michael Page or Roy Dotrice narrated this book, it would probably make this book better than a dud.
I'm running out of choices in the Epic Fantasy genre.
Overly dramatic. Very dry. The guy sounds like a narrator for a 1950's educational film for high school students. His style almost reminds me of William Shatner.
The author and narrator.
From the reviews, I thought there would be witty banter between the main character and his sidekick, but it was pale compared to the characters in Michael J. Sullivan';s books. I was expecting some exciting combat, but compared to Joe Abercrombie, the scenes are lame. Rothfus, Jordan, Abercrombie, Martin, Sullivan and Lynch are unbeatable in this genre. I suppose the positive reviews were from younger, easier to please readers.
I have no clue who would enjoy this more than me. The characters were real annoying, and the story was WAY too long.
When reading the book, I kept feeling that the main characters were just not believable. The way the dialogue was build just annoyed me greatly. I had no feeling or sympathy for the heroes, and the villains were stupid and never really a threat - they were just there.
When trying to do the Hradani voices he made them sound stupid.
Not my kind of book, and I doubt I will read any David Weber again.
The book was totally enjoyable. The plot was far fetched and this disassociation with the "real" world made it prime entertainment.
Grew tired of it quickly, glad it was not my introduction to David Webber as Oath of Swords would have put me off his later and much better books.
Mostly use audio books in planes these days. Know I really like a book when I find myself with earphones still on from home to hotel
It's now going on 2 years and the story is left hanging with book 4. Meanwhile, the author churns out new stuff or un-serialized books in other series. Apparently, getting to book 4 took from 1995-2012. As much as I like this series, I'd recommend skipping it as the author apparently has no regard for readers if he thinks 20 years for a fantasy series is reasonable.
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