Looked forward to hearing this book after a long time from reading it. The narrator has an off putting way of drawing out words. His tempo or maybe i..Show More »nflection just doesn't quite hit the ear right, personally. It's a good book that starts a series by Hayden that's impressive, but it falls short here.
I'm loving the new adventure in this series. I almost didn't buy it because of people complaining abt the narrator. Don't listen. I almost missed out...Show More » I've listened to over 400 books and believe me this guy is good! I've set thru painful books cause some narrators make it to where you just can't get into the books and that's a waisted credit! Not this guy. I think some people just like to complain! Enjoy the new adventure!! 🙋
the overall first three books tells a story that is imaginative, creative and a wonderful listen. the narrator started out like a high schooler readi..Show More »ng a foreign language, overly enunciated and dramatic, but by the third book i thoroughly enjoyed him. he got better with each book, and i enjoyed his ability to use so many different 'voices', all with their own distinctiveness.
i've often wondered what kind of mind is able to use words to describe actions in such a way that they are able to so sicken the soul. and for what purpose? when the old adage 'less is more' would have been put to better use. i do not see the need to be so detailed and graphic when describing scenes of battle or death, when one's mind is quite capable of 'seeing' these actions to the depth they are comfortable with without having it described in all it's unholy glory.
that being said, i loved the concept of this series. i enjoyed immensely the creativeness of the author. i think my favorite character is Gunther. this character brought humor and levity to help balance the books. i laughed out loud on many occasions. without this character i would not have been able to finish this third book. as it was i had to fast forward through the heart sickening parts. they were totally unnecessary to the book.
considering how each book became more detailed in the gory descriptions of fight scenes, and the actions of the Fedore and his thralls, i am not certain i will buy any more in this series, and i find that sad... i also do not appreciate that the first three books were each around thirty hours long and the rest of the series are each about half that. i look for good books with the best value... this series no longer fits that bill. i will say that if a series is good enough, i will continue with the series regardless of the cost. had it not been for the too dark parts, i would have put this series in the 'gotta have' pile.
are not as good as the first Rhapsody Trilogy, but I think the Author is setting the stage foe something big in the next book. I've thoroughly enjoyed..Show More » the Symphony of Ages series. I'm downloading the next book right now. There will be 9 books in total for The Symphony of Ages. The Hollo Queen, the 8th book will be released 6-30-15, and the series capper probably within a year. This author is a fast writer.
I could not wait to finish this third book of the 2nd series because it is so bad (I won't go on to read the rest). I really wanted to like it though,..Show More » because I enjoyed the first trilogy so much. However, there are two huge problems with the second series: 1) While the books' endings occur at natural pauses, the plot really belongs to one book instead of the drawn out series of books (which feels suspiciously like a marketing tactic). But the biggest problem is that the story reads as if it were strictly following some premade outline in which the original characters from the first series (of which I loved) are made to act and speak with one another the way the characters from one of Plato's plays about Socrates read: "I understand X, Socrates, but could you tell me its difference from Y?" "Excellent question, my curious friend. Let me explain..." and on and on it goes. Very cardboard writing. Where the books excel are when Haydon introduces new characters--or old characters grown up a bit. She spends time putting flesh on their bones, as it were, and they become people that are interesting and that I care about, whereas our heroes from the original, are merely acting and speaking to further along the plot. Bleah.
Overall it's a great read/listen. The writer does get repetitive about things I consider unimportant fairly often. She is clearly writing from a fem..Show More »inist perspective. But I do enjoy the story despite that.
I like the story and the way everything wrapped up. However, there was too much repetition of the other seven books that made it a little dry and Blan..Show More »d and boring when you wanted to get to what was happening instead.