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A true testament from a truely master storyteller

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-11-15

The Handmaid's Tale is the book that many years ago made me fall in love with stories. The Testaments reminded me of what that felt like.

There will be blood

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-20

if you can accept the deep flaws of Iron Gold (Book 4) then Dark Age (Book 5) is a return to form in every way. The pacing is greatly improved and the plot points meaningful. There are still large glaring issues with Lysander's character development and I found myself saying "What...? SERIOUSLY?!" out loud at least a half dozen times at what he does.

The performers are much more stable this time with Lyria's performer in Dark Age being far more nuanced and collected than the approach the performer took with Lydia in Iron Gold.

Pierce Brown is still improving as a writer and for me has not yet warned the emotional weight warranted by many of the dramatic deaths and plot points written into Dark Age. Book 6 will be interesting nonetheless, but I wouldn't say satisfying.

pretty good performances but an uneven story

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-08-15

Definitely the weakest of the 4 books so far, but still good nonetheless.

80% of the book is a vote, due mostly to some horrible pacing (Lysander's narrative should be a separate short story) and otherwise lengthy exposition/dialogue devoted to side characters who mean very little to the overall plot/development of the man characters. But the beginning and end chapters are good, interesting and more akin to the Peirce Brown that we know. Darrow is also just so frustrating in this, his actions and disregard for those closest to him making little sense. I did tire of Lyria's voice relying purely on accent to convey emotion (rather than being an accent that still conveys nuance).

beautiful imagery and prose

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-07-17

this is an improvement in every way on the first book. The imagery is skillfully woven into the prose which never lets up through the entire 19hrs. Completely worthy of the purchase.

Full Metal Alchemist meets The Wizard of Oz

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-06-25

if you like any of the following, this story is for you:
- evil secret organizations, or villains who are motivated to "control the universe"
- seeing characters change over many years
- literary magical realism
- Harry Potter (minus the wands, but add in some English and math)
- black/white struggles between good and evil (with some gray characters thrown in)
- exposition to move the plot along, but don't mind character melodrama slowing it down
- similies.... many, MANY similies
- lovely, nuanced, let's-hear-teacher-read-a-story type of voice acting.

If even a couple of those tick the box for you, then I recommend giving this a listen. it's great fun, very accessible to young adults. The ending feels very rushed, and there is a lot of worldbuidling that seems pointless, if only to spur on fanfiction or pre/sequels. But it ends on a strong note and the writing is still solid, engaging.

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A nice end to the trilogy

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 2019-05-10

Much better than Book 2, the story doesn't meander onto pointless plot threads and wraps up others nicely.

100% expository storytelling, but it works

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-05-03

Definitely not as good as book 1, as it lacks the intrigue and triples down on how all the bobs encounter and plan out solutions. it's fairly dry at times and I found myself wondering what was the overall point but towards the end the plot develops and the book ends with a clear purpose for reading book 3. As ever, the performance is fantastic.

This is just plain fun

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-04-05

If you want a lighthearted sci-fi story, you're unlikely to find one better than this. Anyone with even the slightest bit of a geek in them will get a kick out of the journey into space exploration as filtered though the main character's (characters'?) whimsical sarcasm. The performance is engaging and feels like a good friend telling it to you over a couple of beers. The story does meander or lose focus on some sub-narratives within it that do not seem to go anywhere (future books in the series may resolve that). That's about the worst I can say here though. Definitely worth the price of admission and a listen.

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cool story, but the reader was a bit flat

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-03-28

Definitely worth a purchase for the story alone, but the readers voice was very flat, lacking nuance from one character to the next. There are sections of dialogue where you can't really tell who exactly is speaking because the performers voice is so similar from one character to the next, and there's no way to distinguish which person is speaking at any one moment as a result. otherwise it was a pretty good reading and I would still recommend the purchase.