King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz - or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his beast magic, he emerges from the grave, deeply scarred in body and soul. The kingdom also teeters toward ruin: Regal has plundered and abandoned the capital, while the rightful heir, Prince Verity, is lost to his mad quest - perhaps to death. Only Verity's return - or the heir his princess carries - can save the Six Duchies.
Characters in books should learn, grow, and, whilst being flawed, should have a level of agency to feel as though the reader is on a journey with them.
Every single character other than the protagonist seems to know this. Fitz is a 2 dimensional idiot in this book. Events involving strategy, and anything Chade has taught him in the last 2 books seem to have been forgotten. Replaced this this impulsive idiot who seems to want to repeat the same decisions. Again, and again, and again.
Narration, however, is excellent.
I honestly feel like Hobb didn't know how to write a grown up Fitz. This pales in comparison to the first book, and builds on the family oriented, impulse fitz the second seemed to dwell on.
If you liked books 1, and liked book 2 less. You probably won't enjoy this book.
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone.
Both narrators voice the same characters. Who thought this was a good idea ? You have one chapter with focus on character, then the next just switches the narrator and stays with the same character.
It ruins the experience and feels half baked. This could have been easily solved by establishing a narrator for each character instead of each chapter. Will be steering clear of future work by these directors because of this.
From the east came the Bone Giants. From the south, the fire-wielding Hathrim. It was an invasion that sparked war across the six nations of Teldwen. Now the kingdom's only hope is the discovery of a new form of magic - one that will call the wondrous beasts of the world to fight by the side of humankind. In the start of a thrilling new series, the New York Times best-selling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles creates an unforgettable fantasy world of warring giants and elemental magic.
The single biggest glaring issue this book has is the incomprehensible decision to have a second narrator. Whilst Luke Daniels has a wide range of character voices up his sleeve, Xe Sands has 2-3, and the director was okay with this for some reason.
"Alright" You may say. "I could see how you could have certain characters voiced by another narrator, and that would provide range and variety to the performance. How is this a negative?"
Well, lets say we have a main character who facilitates a lot of the story (The Bard). And this character is USUALLY voiced by Luke unless the *section* of the book Xe is reading has him in it. In which case, you're going to get a completely different accented character you'll have to associate with the character in your mind.
This is an excellent story (but it starts very slowly) made annoying by the decision to cast 2 narrators. If it was done properly, with consistent character voices, this would have been cool. It wasn't though, and I hope all the direction and production crew listen in the end credits know this.
Fix this book please.
A space-faring ne'er-do-well with more bravado than brains, Rex Nihilo plies the known universe in a tireless quest for his own personal gain. But when he fleeces a wealthy weapons dealer in a high-stakes poker game, he ends up winning a worthless planet - and owing an outstanding debt more vast than space itself! The only way for Rex to escape a lifetime of torture on the prison world Gulagatraz is to score a big payday by pulling off his biggest scam.
“I can’t kill anyone because of my programming”
- kills someone
“I can’t lie because of my programming”
You literally wrote the rules when writing the book. Follow them.
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In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.
Honestly I ummed and arrred about picking this up. It's one of those books which seems highly recommended but the blurb doesn't scream "THIS IS SOMETHING YOU'LL LOVE".
Well go read it. It's extremely well written, full of technology, agendas and other things I'm afraid to name for fear of spoilers (okay now I see why the blurb was a bit meh). It's taken me around 2 days to finish, playing it during breaks, commuting and any other moment I can make an excuse for popping my headphones on :)
If you like Daemon, or Ready Player One, or Dead Six, chances are you'll enjoy this. Also, Luke Daniels narrates it, which is coming to be a stamp of approval by itself.
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Even when finding oneself engaged in interstellar war, good form must be observed. Our story is set thousands of years after the Terran Exodus, where two powerful, planet-dominating families - the elegant House Jakabitus and the less refined Hahn Empire - have reached a critical point in their generations-long war. Master Hennik, the Hahn ruler's only son, has been captured, and the disposition of his internment may represent a last and welcome chance for peace.
Scott Meyer does it again. This started a little slow, but really picked up steam. It's delightful, witty and possesses the same charming dialogue you expect from the Magic 2.0 series
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.
Over 70 hours of Sherlock, narrated and produced with love. If you have yet to invest in a Holmes audiobook, brilliance Audio have done an epic job.
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A happy workforce is a productive workforce. At the moment, the Wizard's employees are neither. The goblins are upset with their working conditions, the dragonslayer has thrown a hissy fit over his medical insurance (or lack thereof) and everyone is upset about the terrible canteen coffee. Yet the Wizard hasn't got time to worry about revolution in the workplace - he's about to see his brilliant business plan (based on entrepreneurial flair and involving one or two parallel worlds) disrupted by a clueless young man.
If you've taken a look at books like "Off to be the wizard", prepare for disappointment. The story is okay but it's plodding and not too much happens. Characters appear to be rather 2 dimensional.
This ISN'T a comedic how to guide for how to manage a kingdom. Nor is it an Office Space style parody story filled with incompetent managers in a medieval/sorcery setting.
If you're still interested at this point, take a listen. You may enjoy it
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Come with us to an Enchanted Place, a forest where Winnie-the-Pooh lived with Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Eeyore, Kanga, and Little Roo. The stories are about Christopher Robin and these good companions having wonderful times getting in and out of trouble. It is all very exciting and, really, quite thrilling no matter how young or old you may be. It is painful to try and imagine what the world would be like without them.
I LOVE this book. Everything, that is, except for the Peter Dennis' Piglet voice. He adds a little snorty-hiccup after every line - an effect which, in practice, wages war on the ears and banishes all thoughts of sleep from an otherwise perfect-for-bedtime book.
It's a super shame, as the whimsy of the writing shines through with Peter's performance.
If you can stomach piglet, I envy you.
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Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.
Because I don't. This book is a tripe. Jen's humor falls flat more often than not, and the content is the same old "BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND MAGICAL UNIVERSE THINGS" record you can find in much better business and self help books.
This is just good marketing. Whoever made the cover did Jen a favor, because that's my favorite part of the entire audiobook.