I hate to write reviews when I haven't finished an audiobook, especially for something as well-regarded as Bright of the Sky, which has received wonde..Show More »rful reviews in written form. But the truth is, 8 hours in, the book was nothing but dull. The reading was competent, and the prose was fine - nothing particularly blatant or awkward stood out to make this book annoying, but this book had the feel of a first novel in a very long series. The character development is drawn out, and not particularly revelatory, as the same few individuals continue to mull over the same concerns over and over again.
The whole purpose seems to be to get you eight hours in, to where the action really starts and the main character begins his journey. I got there, and I was still bored. The world building didn't seem as fresh as many reviewers indicated, and I didn't care much about the characters, who were all a bit on the anti-social misfit side of the spectrum. I might try this again, especially in book form, but it just doesn't grab me the way that other epic science fiction on Audible does.
This series is a fairly interesting listen. The narrator has depth and breadth. Meaning that the characters voices are both well differentiated and ..Show More »well suited to each character. The story itself is complex enough to keep you interested without becoming so entangled that you lose track of the stories events. The villains are hate able with just enough of like-ability to keep them from becoming caricatures. The hero is likable but dislikable enough to prevent him from becoming another over grown boy scout. The world(s) are fully fleshed and believable. The prose itself is not exactly Shakespeare but it is adequate enough for the story. Overall I enjoyed the story but was not overwhelmed with enthusiasm, but this is not my usual genre so that actually might be a ringing endorsement of how good the book is. Overall I recommend it.
It's not often I get angry with a book. Well, not with the book itself but rather with the characters in it. Kay Kenyon has managed to do this with ev..Show More »ery one of her books. Her creatures are so unique and well expressed, her villains so deep and the story so elaborate, this third installment has left me hungering for the final.
Additionally, I've enjoyed the reader, so hopefully he'll remain for the last book.
Don't be put off by the sci fi classification. This is great reading period!
These books are so good that I've spent the time since looking for things that even come close- I wish it kept on going with 4 more! Really, the stor..Show More »y is so inspired and imaginative, yet close to its central characters that it really brings you into the world that Kay Kenyon so artfully constructs. Her creativity is truly impressive, the world imagined in such breadth and detail, and the story-arcs so engaging and entertaining. I love sci-fi/fantasy in theory, but so much is geeky garbage - this is most definitely not. No matter what your tastes, give these a try and get these books, you won't regret it!