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Arcane Savant audiobook cover art

A lot of telling with not enough showing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-16

What would have made Arcane Savant better?

The premise and characters are interesting but there is no real character development beyond some minimal development of the main character. Also it was more like someone telling me what happened rather than making me see it.

Has Arcane Savant turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. I love fantasy and while not the best book it did have some entertainment value. It seems like there could be a lot more from the author, a lot of potential, that isn't realized in this book.

How could the performance have been better?

I liked the narrators voice. I just had a hard time with a woman doing a male voice. Usually not an issue for me but I think maybe, because in some ways, the main character wasn't particularly masculine I kept getting confused as to who was talking.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment, there is potential it just isn't realized.

Any additional comments?

I would be curious about future work from this author but this initial stab was a bit disappointing. There are some neat ideas, the premise of the characters background is pretty interesting.

Free the Darkness audiobook cover art

Entertaining "page" turner. You should listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Free the Darkness to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the book but the audiobook is so well narrated I have a hard time imagining the written version is better. That is from someone often no where to be found because I am hiding somewhere with a book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Free the Darkness?

Not a "moment" per se but I really like the moments when Rez is faced with something emotionally charged and his working through it as a logic problem.

What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

Everything. He does a great job,

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Not my forte but something about logic and questioning "good" since some of what is done superficially looks like it is bad but it serves an overall "good" purpose...or presumably so, it isn't totally clear by the end of the first book.

Any additional comments?

This is so entertaining. I loved the main character and was instantly drawn in. I am debating do I buy book 2 or wait the next 3 weeks for the audio version to be released. I finished book 1 yesterday and was crushed to see book 2 isn't out yet on audiobook.

Some of the characters are one dimensional but I think that really works here as Rez is just seeing things for the first time, he's only learned about the world second hand - so it makes sense that characters seem flat. But I don't think they are. I find what they project onto Rez, in many ways a blank slate, to be very revealing about them and I find that gives them more depth.

This is well worth the purchase for pure entertainment value.

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The Amber Citadel audiobook cover art

Good standard fantasy story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-14

Would you listen to The Amber Citadel again? Why?

It is what you would expect from a fantasy book in terms of story line. Some of the creatures/beings are interesting but a bit predictable. The world development isn't anything new or particularly creative but it isn't bad. It is still enjoyable as the character development is strong throughout the story. There are some very explicit sex scenes which I don't care for as they add absolutely nothing to the story but they are brief and so not too annoying. There is some romance that isn't all that convincing as well. One of the reasons I prefer male fantasy writers overall, they don't usually use fantasy as a cover for romance or overindulge in sex scenes if they don't add to the story line in some way.

The narration is good. The voice is pleasing although not the most dynamic.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Take out the sex scenes. More development of some of the relationships before the characters hop in bed. It just didn't ring true.

Which character – as performed by Helen Lloyd – was your favorite?

Ysomer

1 of 4 people found this review helpful