M. Wells' RAKSURA books narrated by Chris Kipiniak
My first exposure to this world and Martha Wells came through Audible audio books.
I cannot rave enough about the outstanding job Chris Kip..Show More »iniak did with the narration. His range of character voices made it so easy to follow the dialogues between several characters. Of course, as talented as Chris is, he still needs a good story to read to us.
The Raksura stories by Martha Wells (The Cloud Roads and The Serpent Sea) are wonderful. The world she created and the characters therein are beautifully crafted and detailed to make it easy to visualize each scene, no matter how outlandish they may seem (I mean, come on, a city built on the back of a giant sea creature?). But it all seemed plausible, and was definitely entertaining. Good character development, and the relationships developing between Moon and the other characters, and between the other characters with each other were deftly handled. Not too much to be boring, but enough to give us an idea, and a satisfaction, that they would all become the people we hoped they would be. Martha's sense of humor is terrific, too ("Moon had been Jade's consort for 11 days now, and so far no one had tried to kill him. He thought it was going well.")
I may have to buy these two books for my Kindle reader so I can revisit these stories, and parts thereof whenever I want.
Martha Wells world is exciting, beautiful and intriguing. Christopher Kipiniak makes the story come to life. His performance in this and the next tw..Show More »o books make for some exciting Sci Fi and Fantasy that is like nothing else to which I have listened. A+ to the entire series.
I have recommended and will continue to recommend The Tales of the Raksura series but no one listens to me. Just in case, though... If you are looking..Show More » for a series of fantasy novels that defy Tolkien-true tropes, this series for you. Set in the Three Worlds, a world whose geography and inhabitants are almost wholly unfamiliar from our own, Martha Wells' flying dragon shifters are so familiar to us because of their humanity. I love this series wholeheartedly. Start with The Could Roads. Our hero, Moon, doesn't even know what he is or where he's from. That's wonderful for the reader because we get to know the Raksura and the Three Worlds as Moon searches for a place to call home. Then, in the second novel, The Serpent Seas, Moon and members of the Indigo Cloud court have to fight to make their home safe and secure. This third novel very satisfactorily answers our remaining questions about who Moon really is and where he's from. It's lovely how the author turns traditional gender roles around and then has her characters subvert them some more. Brilliant.
I've listened to two of the current three novel series (which I mildly regret, for there were spoilers for BK 3: Siren's D..Show More »epths, in the first short) and I found that these short stories held my interest more consistently than either of those novels.
The first short, The Falling World, was my least favorite for this reason. It was long enough to suffer from novel-like pacing and had a conflict that felt like a mediocre Dr. Who episode.
The second, The Tale of Indigo and Cloud, was my favorite. Set in the court's past, which seemed cheery and upbeat when compared to the presently stiff court. This difference in emotional tone was likely a heavy point in its favor after hundreds of pages of reserved dialogue from Moon, Stone, and Jade. I enjoyed the cast of characters as well. I even listened to it again after I finished the collection.
I found the Forest Boy to be equal parts cute and eye rolling cliche. I enjoyed it in the end. You can't really dislike a childhood Moon.
I was skeptical about the last one once I realized what it would be about, but enjoyed it as well.
Either I was enjoying myself too much to notice or the narrator was enjoying himself as well and did a better reading because of it. The narrator was not what I wished in the novels, but after the first story in this collection, I don't remember any odd and distracting pauses that seemed to fill the novels.