Referencing the Kingkiller Chronicle as Podehl's other work. He did a good job narrating. He has a good voice for male coming of age novels. 'Nuff ..Show More »said.
Probably my fault for not studying up MacHale's other work, but there was nothing about it in the description. For those not generally familiar with his work, this is definitely young adult fiction. I didn't know this so not long into it I found myself thinking, "what's with all the horror movie and awkward teenager cliches?"
After I realized that the book is for the young and I forgave all the trite stuff it actually turns out to be a pretty good story. There are some very enjoyable set pieces where the "monster" attacks. These are cinematically described and quite vivid. MacHale's words and Podehl's cadence during the mysterious revelation scenes is also quite engaging.
Unfortunately, one tool the author beats to death is Marsh's uncanny inability to predict his scene. I'm sure MacHale does this so the reader's surprise matches the character's, but it is so consistent that it's distracting. If he thinks something will go well, it becomes a catastrophe; if he thinks he's in trouble, he is saved; if he thinks she hates him, he gets a kiss. It is more predictable than gravity. Usually, there is very little contextual reason that Marsh should have his misconception. MacHale simply describes the misconception then "surprises" you with the opposite, over and over.
My hangup on the cliches and that particular device aside, I think I would recommend this book to a teenager looking to read a little light horror. The action is good; the mystery is good; and the story moves along at a steady pace.
I enjoyed Morpheus Road Book 1 tremendously; therefore, I was excited to get my ears on Book 2. Unfortunately, I felt a bit cheated by just how much t..Show More »his book relies on re-telling events already presented in Book 1-- even if the perspective is new. In fact, shortly after I started listening, I thought to myself, "O crud! I got mixed up and somehow even managed to re-purchase the book already listened to." It was THAT familiar. To be fair, the book description does say that is is a new look at those events, but I still expected more new action. One of the aspects of the first book that drew me in was the suspense. It's hard to build suspense when the events are so familiar. It took me a long time to finish this because I kept leaving it to listen to a book whose plot I did not already know.
There ARE some new elements. The struggle between Cooper and Damon is fine, and the character Maggie was very interesting. But still, the focus on re-telling the Book 1 plot seemed to overwhelm the story. The narrator is excellent, and the book is well-written. Also, I'm sure if I hadn't listened to Book 1, I'd have been enthralled with this one. (In fact, it might be the superior of the two books.) Cooper's viewpoint is interesting, but since it is intended to follow the first book, I felt that MacHale owed us a little less Book 1 plot re-hash. I'm still planning on getting Book 3, but I will be more cautious and check more reviews, and not just get it on the strength of the first two.
The Blood had a decent/good story and ending to the series. The narrator did a nice job in the acting except for maybe the voice of Sydney here and th..Show More »ere but not a big deal... Damon and Press I would say were his highlight voices. The only thing I'm disappointed in with the Trilogy is that The Light was extremely good but they didn't keep the horror. It made sense as to why MacHale didn't but when I first started reading The Light, I thought it was going to be a horror trilogy. Again the story wasn't that bad though, the only thing that bothered me and this is where a spoiler begins...
**Spoiler*** I just didn't like the whole fact that the characters did the whole, "The enemy of my enemy" cliche. It especially didn't work well for me because of what Damon had done and they (Marsh and Coop) were willing to forgive and forget even though he was the one that started everything in the first place. I'd just feel like it would be difficult to forgive a guy who killed your best friend and your mother and terrorized you. I'm at least glad though that Marsh and Damon didn't save the day and at the end become pals like other stories i've seen, read, or heard. **End Spoiler**
I would recommend this book to anyone who has read The Black to finish the trilogy. Overall though, I thought the previous two books were stronger than this one and definitely were more gripping (especially The Light).