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Entertaining but lacks a certain depth

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-19

It's an entertaining story with a great setting but it lacks real depth. The story is unfolding in what feels like a very short time span. You get flung between action packed encounters with next to no "down time" in between. The main character does take some time here and there to reflect and plan for what's ahead, but it never feels like a real pause. This makes every action scene look very much like the next and every time the main character "taps into his last reserves" a bit hard to believe.
The book also falls into the classic trap of "describe every female character by their body parts". Everyone is a super model and the male gaze is very noticeable.

I also didn't like how the narrator used almost the same whispery voice for every mood the main character had.

This will be the last book I read in this series

I've had enought

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

Reviewed: 11-09-19

I can't remember why I liked the first one. Maybe it was better considering it was all new and I was just learning about this genre of fantasy.
With this second book, however, it stops being charming. The main character constantly comes of as a know it all smart-ass that can overcome just about anything with little to no consequences. When he's not "nerdgasming" (wow I hate that word) over some done to death starwars quote, he's a lawyer genius that can bring forth a loop hole tight proposition or statement that conquers his enemies in an instant; making them either directly trust him or unable to harm him. The guy has no flaws and is overly logical in everything he does.
It doesn't help that there are no female characters in this book that are not an object for his desire, and he constantly reminds us how much it hurts him to hold back those desires. And when he's not, the woman is always out to get with him (for some sinister purpose of course) and he has to do everything he can to fend them off.
He also has all the money and other stuff he would ever wish for, so everything that happens to him just.. happens to him because he's in the wrong place at the wrong time or someone is plotting against him. Nothing seems to drive this guy. He's motivations are purely self-preservation, and this just makes him come of as annoyed and spoiled.

The narrator does a well enough job but I can't shake the feeling that he maybe adds a thin layer of more smugness to the main character with the voice he chose for him.

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 15-07-19

Aside from everything else it contains some of the best (and by that I mean down to earth, plausible, and motivated) sex scenes I've ever read!

Not very interesting

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

Reviewed: 28-06-19

Dull characters and boring settings mixed with a very simple writing style. Skip this and read The Dresden Files instead.

No downtime, entertaining all the way

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Very good performance with fitting voices and accents.
The story was maybe a bit "too much" at times and none of the characters ever had any real depth. They weren't all shallow but there definitely were some problems with the "stuffed into the fridge" trope.
Despite its flaws it was a terrific read and I was never bored and more than once had troubles putting it down.

Not very interesting

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

Sorry but this one wasn't very interesting. Maybe I've been reading too many fantasy books lately but this one didn't really offer anything special. It was all just medieval court intrigue and very little else.
The narrators accent (of whatever it was) wasn't very helpful either. Sounded like he put the wrong emphasis on the wrong word all the time.

Humorous and good action

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

Reviewed: 17-09-18

Very good story. A bit drawn out at times but delivers in the end. Very well the best action sequences I've ever read, and it also has a lot of mystery and character development.
The narrator was good but very often went from talking under his breath to shouting. This made listening difficult in places with a lot of background noice. Otherwise very good voices for the different characters and also no lame high pitched "female voices" some male narrators tend to use.

Narrator ruined it

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

Reviewed: 30-08-18

The narrator keeps putting the wrong emphasis om the wrong words. This makes everything he says sound so matter of fact and totally ruins everything.
The action also seems to suffer from too many details and ends up reading like a recepie more than a gripping encounter.
Was the same with Mistborn, so if you like/dislike that book (also same narrator) you'll probably like/dislike this too.

8 people found this helpful

Good but predictable

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

Reviewed: 24-06-18

The first haft is entertaining and gripping but then it gets too predictable and a bit boring.

I noped out when the raping started

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

Reviewed: 18-06-18

Call me weak minded but I don't care for reading such things. I can deal with the violence and the language but I have chosen to draw the line there.