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No thanks.

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

Reviewed: 2020-05-24

Found the writing lacking. I swear if I heard Mace reprimand the queen with, "Lady!" one more time I would have screamed. Not only was the writing annoying, with serially impertinent characters, but the narrator was inconsistent with her voices in the beginning, even if she did settle in eventually. I found her voice too shrill. There is build-up for two more books in the series, but I will not invest my time. Characters are too two-dimensional. This was a soggy ham sandwich of a book, sorry. Did not enjoy at all.

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 2019-12-31

I've wanted to play the games for a while, and I enjoyed the Netflix series - albeit a little confusing. If I watch a film-adaptation I always go into the book with an open mind. I have a little more than two hours left and it's mainly been dialogue and character development. I have found it very dry. In fact, I venture that I would have been able to listen to the first few chapters and then skip to the last few chapters without missing anything meaningful. It doesn't help that the narrator has that annoying habit of constantly interpreting dialogue as anger or derision - this indicates inexperience to me. When he isn't shouting, he does have a broken way of voice acting which is a little reminiscent of Shatner, like another reviewer pointed out.

This is the type of book to listen to while doing something moderately taxing - you don't have to concentrate very hard or for very long to get the gist of things. I'll try the second book in the series and hope for anything to propel the plot in an exciting way - if not: Returned.

12 people found this helpful

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 2019-12-08

I've always been fascinated by mythology, and upon a friend's suggestion I downloaded this. I was not disappointed. The story is rich and the narration is impeccable. I cannot imagine a better performer, so much enhanced that I believe reading the book on my own would have been a lesser experience. A strong, resilient female character to cheer for with an immersive plot and beautiful metaphors and similes at every turn. A+.

Yikes

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

Reviewed: 2019-09-12

I have a tough time with protagonists who stand in their own way, eg: The Woman in The Window or The Girl on The Train. I like my main characters to be hardier, intelligent and make thoughtful decisions. This wasn't a main character I could look up to, and her prideful stubbornness to leave an ever worsening situation was frustrating. I also found the couple's relationship unbelievable as I picked up on clues the author left fairly early on (points for her). As someone who would never tolerate that knobhead's behaviour or allow a situation to unravel so messily, it was a dragging listen. There is a neat twist at the end, but nothing I didn't figure out halfway through. Would be a fun twist for the casual reader for sure.

I agree with another reviewer: if you love strong, independent female characters this probably won't be for you. Honestly, I liked Revenge Wears Prada better than this lol.

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 2019-08-24

First, let me start off by saying this book is right up my alley. I absolutely love Hugo award winners. I really wanted to like this book, especially knowing it was part of a trilogy - who doesn't love stumbling on a new series? Sadly it was a struggle to finish. I'm a huge fan of marginalized representation (race, gender, economic status, relationship status, etc) and I was really impressed by characters relationships to one another; however, I never related to any of the characters, their struggles, or the story. I never once felt that tingle of excitement where I was drawn in. I can objectively see why people love this, but unfortunately I found the whole thing very dry. In the words of Amy Poehler, "Good for you, not for me."

5 people found this helpful

Surprising

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

Reviewed: 2019-08-24

Looping story and beautiful writing. If you can let the story lead you without knowing where you're going, and not get frustrated, this will be a real treat. Let yourself be swept away with what some call unnecessary side stories, and watch it all carefully fall into place in the end. Heartwarming and heartwrenching and creative all in one. This is to say nothing of the impressively wonderful narration.

Rarely leave reviews, but this one deserves the praise, if not just for the narration. Open your heart and give it a listen.

3 people found this helpful

Hmm

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

Reviewed: 2018-03-28

The idea is interesting but the character development is poor. I constantly turned it off because characters made choices or said things that didn't fit realistically and had me rolling my eyes. I ended up finishing the book while at work so I didn't focus all my attention on the writing.