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Children of the Gods

Narrated by: Tom Campbell
Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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How do you kill a god, a Greek god, one of the Ancients? The professor had never been asked that before. Jim Burges and his wife, Sally, eagerly awaited the answer. Jim claimed to have a murderous god stalking him, and he needed to know. The professor swallowed hard before proceeding. He knew they weren’t going to like his response.

©2016 Clark Graham (P)2018 Clark Graham

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Loved This Book!!

First of all this is the first time I've heard of this author. But I have to say I really liked this book. And I'm surprised but pleased to know that the gods could die. Though I do wonder how Zeus died. Did he really die of old age or did that crazy son of his have something to do it? Anyways, I really liked how Jim treated his brother and his mom even after he had found out the truth of how he came to be. And even if he couldn't have stopped what all had happened til the end I am glad he finally put his foot down with his wife to make sure she was safe. But I'm now curious as to what the future holds for Jim and his family. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Children of the gods

A good premise.I wanted to like it.I found the writing oddly lacking and stilted. There was no personality behind the characters. Narration by Tom Campbell followed the writing.It was oddly paced and halting. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Dee
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  • 04-01-19

I wanted to like it

I love a good fantasy but this one fell a bit short for me. There were so many instances where what the characters did made absolutely no sense. Even in fantasy, probably more so in fantasy, the world has to make sense.

SPOILERS AHEAD

A "god", your father, wants you to help him take over the world and you decide that he won't find you in your home town? The same home town where he impregnated your mother and watched you grow up? You tell your friend, the police chief, that you think your "father" is behind a string of murders and the cop only asks your "fathers" name? He doesn't ask you to describe him or give details on the last time you saw hi? Your father, the "god", has broken into your house and your wife chooses not to tell you until the morning? Your "brother" runs away from you and instead of running to catch him (both of you have similar physical freakiness,) you get into a car and of course, lose him when he runs where cars can't go?

There were a lot of sequences like this that made no sense to me.

The narrator had a good voice but he didn't make his characters distinct. I was able to follow what was going on but that was more the written word than the spoken word.

I wanted to like this listen but it fell short.

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Super interesting, really good!

Wow, really liked this! Greek mythology with suspense! Loved the writing/plot/characters, and the narration. Really enjoyed it. It's something I may not have come across in my usual searches, and I'm so glad I was given the opportunity to listen to this book, great stuff! Definitely recommended! :)
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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I loved it.

Greek mythology combined with suspense. It kept me wanting more. It's so unique. Kept me listening.

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An original thought!

I liked this audiobook. It is one-of-a-kind. I highly recommend this book. Now for the obligatory: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Good premise but...

Possible spoilers alert!

It's another book hard for me to rate... On the one hand, the premise was good: a Greek god trying to take over the world with the help of his (unwilling) kids... And one of those kids trying to oppose and kill him to save the human world... Sounded great - a suspenceful thriller with Greek mythology in the mix, what do you want more, right?
Well, the execution somehow fell flat for me. The Greek god, as bad as he was countless times said to be, did not feel as menacing as he could have (even though he did kill several people in a merciless manner), the run for life didn't radiate the rush and threat and scare it should have (would you admire the landcapes while running away into hiding?) and even the fight scenes did not feel action-packed somehow... It's difficult for me to explain why that was so but maybe it's the writing style that was the reason... Short sentences, with not too many descriptive adjectives, sounded kind of rough, as if it was the first draft, the base for the story that was supposed to be developed later on... As it is the book definitely lacks depth, both plot and characterwise, at least it does for me.

The narration was OK, I liked what Mr Campbell did with the text he was given. The fact that there was not much of voice differentiation did not bother me as it was obvious who was speaking anyway. And the pace of his reading was good, too. I would like, however, to listen to another book in his interpretation to decide how good a narrator he really is.

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Don't know how but it's boring

So, I wanted to like this book. I really did. Greek gods. Mysteries. Modern day. Unfortunately, the description and blurb are more exciting than the book itself.
The characters were flat and just accepted strange things as believable with no questions. Everyone acts like it's normal and reasonable that a god is running around and killing people. The dialogue was boring and repetitive. A couple times, I actually wondered if my app had errored because the dialogue was so familiar. The characters were similarly flat. The women liked shopping and baking. The men all played golf. And of course the main character was amazing at everything. Passed the bar exam after studying for only 30 minutes. We're told this at least four times.
The narrator was unbelievably slow and read everything in the same flat voice. It was a rough slog. I was glad it was only four hours long.
I was given this book for free at my request in exchange for a fair review.

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Not much suspense

I really liked the main concept of this story - an ancient Greek god still roaming around on our planet, and making plans to rule the world. Which is why I requested and was given this free review copy audiobook, in order to review it.

The narrator did his best and tried some voiceacting, but for me he did not succeed in conveying the correct emotions for several scenes. His range of voices was limited, many of the men sounded harsh or growling, the women uber-soft or nagging.

I was baffled by the sheer amount of detailed descriptions of the absolutely mundane, the ordinary everyday life. Main character drinks tea with cookies at his mother's, goes out to dinner and we get to know what he eats, he goes out grocery shopping, plans vacations, looks for a new home. Drinks tea with cookies again; his wife asks the recipe for the cookies. When on the run, fleeing for their lives, we get scenic descriptions and the characters really enjoying the view. Etc. etc. All described in detail, sometimes an entire chapter, without any of those things being relevant to the story at all. I got the feeling the author had some great lunches and dinners, and apparently some amazing cookies, and had a great road trip, and incorporated all of those personal experiences into his novel.

The MC's marriage is one of the most non-romantic, brother-sisterlike relationships I've read about so far. The only time any sexuality is hinted at, and very subtly at that, is for procreation purposes only, as if to warn the reader what to expect next. The reader is told the MC loves his wife, but we are given no clues as to the why of that. The wife seems quite co-dependent and not too intelligent. She is in no way his equal, nor has she any interesting qualities other than looking lovely. I was bored immensely by her and found her annoying and nagging, and could not imagine having to live with her if I were this MC, with all of his specific traits.

There are maybe one or two fairly good action scenes, but none of the 'clash of the titans' one might expect from the title and the publisher's blurb.

So although the concept was promising, and I really wanted to like this book, I found the story lacking.

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Good tale

Good story based on Greek mythology. The story flows well and the narration is good.