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Entertaining & enjoyable urban fantasy...

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

Don't be fooled by the terrible book cover pictures, all the book covers suggest the books are awful and are very unrepresentative of the actual books in the series. I almost didn't try it because of the pictures. I'm a big fan of the Dresden Files and like this type of light, pacey, pulpy read. Not quite as witty & roller coastery as Dresden but very enjoyable, liked the characters and I read all 3 books back to back. Nicely narrated.. So a general thumbs up.. if you're hesitating definitely give it a go.

Poor recording quality. Mediocre story.

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

Mediocre tale. Poor recording quality, very tinny sounds like it was recorded in my kitchen from rhe other side of the room. The narrator is good so that's unfortunate. He did his best with poor material.

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Surprisingly Good Tale...

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

Reviewed: 11-12-16

Wasn't expecting much from this tbh. Especially as it was billed as a YA book. However, I'm thoroughly coverted. It's a lovely, flowing and captivating tale. However, it did take me a little bit to get used to the narrator's way of reading (he has wierd "sing song" way he phrases the words) but either I got used to it very quickly or he eased up on his peculiar reading style. Don't let that put you off though. The story starts off slowly and becomes a page turner before you know it! This books definately stands out from the sea of mediocre fantasy books out there. I was impressed with it. Definately give it a go if you are hesitating.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Major Fail!! Terrible Narrator!

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

Reviewed: 04-10-15

I love the Jim Butcher's books, especially the Dresden Files, I've read all of them. (James Marsters is always faultless and a superb narrator). However, I was soo disappointed as I couldn't get into this because of the horrendous narration. If you're American you probably won't mind (i.e. won't notice because of the British accent) but being a native UK Londoner the narration is really, really annoying and grates unbearably.

The narrator sounds like a eleven year old boy reading out aloud for an elocution lesson. He speaks in an "over" pronounced weird way, (and still trips over his own mouth), and because of this he has a very strange, unnatural rhythm to his words, putting a very peculiar emphasis in the weird places.

Due to this I could not persevere long enough to find out if I actually liked the story :( The naval ship battle transferred to the sky sounded like a dry description of very boring mundane manoeuvres. I'm pretty sure it was just the narration at fault. I hope another narrator will be found, until then I'll give this a miss or try reading the book instead.

That said, if you're American or non-native speaker you are less likely to be so bothered. (I'm a Jim Butcher fan, so surely it must be good? lol).

5 of 11 people found this review helpful

B.V. Larson goes up against Jim Butcher

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

Reviewed: 21-06-15

This is Larson's take on the Paranormal Detective Noir Genre. Larson seems to be quite inspired by Jim Butcher's Dresden Files!

This is a review particularly for Jim Butcher Fans who no doubt will be drawn to this series. Butcher's detective Harry Dresden's city is Chicago, Quentin Draith's is Los Angeles and they are pretty much going head to head.

Being a Harry Dresden fan already, and also having read a few of Larson's books, I was interested how Larson would fare outside his usual military sci-fi novels. It's not bad, but not necessarily mind-blowingly good either. I'm going to interested to read the next book (it took Jim Butcher three books to get the Dresden Files to be totally gripping and addictive). For me it'll take another book or two to see if Larson is successful in developing a cast of strong characters you really care about and keep coming back to. Also, perhaps an little more humour wouldn't go amiss. So far though, Larson's contribution to the genre seems promising.

The main thing missing is the perfect narrator - James Marsters (the narrator of the Dresden Files) has taken on the mantel of "Harry" and he produces absolutely superb performances - for fans Marsters "is" Harry Dresden. For me neither narrator for Quentin Draith quite hits the mark yet (although I much prefer Darcie than Lane. Darcie (book 2) is much better at the character voices and seems more appropriate casting).

Larson's supernatural offering has a bit more of a sci-fi feel than Butcher's world which is more magical. Books 1 & 2 could easily have been a single book story-wise. Book 1 is a bit slow and it's only in Book 2 where the story properly gets going.

Here's a quick summary of the first two books - Draith wakes up missing memories of his past in a world where there exists ordinary-looking objects that have special powers e.g. sunglasses that open locks, other objects that give the owner rapid healing powers, control other people's minds or give access to other worlds/realities etc. Draith ends up acquiring several of these objects that give him "powers" and of course, Draith has use these and team up with other object-owning characters to save his city and uncover his past.

There are several things that are similar to Butcher stories e.g. travel to other "realms", a governing group that keep the supernatural world in check, a wicked witch character that is helpful but not necessarily on the side of "good", monsters, unravelling a mystery to save the city. I laughed at the book cover as it's got a very a similar looking guy to the Dresden Files, i.e. a non- descript detective type wearing a panama hat - the only difference is Larson's Draith has a gun and Butcher's Dresden has a leather duster and staff. Maybe Quentin is Harry's long lost brother or something?

I'm awaiting the next book to see if I'm hooked to the series.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

B.V. Larson goes up against Jim Butcher

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

Reviewed: 21-06-15

This is Larson's take on the Paranormal Detective Noir Genre. Larson seems to be quite inspired by Jim Butcher's Dresden Files!

This is a review particularly for Jim Butcher Fans who no doubt will be drawn to this series. Butcher's detective Harry Dresden's city is Chicago, Quentin Draith's is Los Angeles and they are pretty much going head to head.

Being a Harry Dresden fan already, and also having read a few of Larson's books, I was interested how Larson would fare outside his usual military sci-fi novels. It's not bad, but not necessarily mind-blowingly good either. I'm going to interested to read the next book (it took Jim Butcher three books to get the Dresden Files to be totally gripping and addictive). For me it'll take another book or two to see if Larson is successful in developing a cast of strong characters you really care about and keep coming back to. Also, perhaps an little more humour wouldn't go amiss. So far though, Larson's contribution to the genre seems promising.

The main thing missing is the perfect narrator - James Marsters (the narrator of the Dresden Files) has taken on the mantel of "Harry" and he produces absolutely superb performances - for fans Marsters "is" Harry Dresden. For me neither narrator for Quentin Draith quite hits the mark yet (although I much prefer Darcie than Lane. Darcie (book 2) is much better at the character voices and seems more appropriate casting).

Larson's supernatural offering has a bit more of a sci-fi feel than Butcher's world which is more magical. Books 1 & 2 could easily have been a single book story-wise. Book 1 is a bit slow and it's only in Book 2 where the story properly gets going.

Here's a quick summary of the first two books - Draith wakes up missing memories of his past in a world where there exists ordinary-looking objects that have special powers e.g. sunglasses that open locks, other objects that give the owner rapid healing powers, control other people's minds or give access to other worlds/realities etc. Draith ends up acquiring several of these objects that give him "powers" and of course, Draith has use these and team up with other object-owning characters to save his city and uncover his past.

There are several things that are similar to Butcher stories e.g. travel to other "realms", a governing group that keep the supernatural world in check, a wicked witch character that is helpful but not necessarily on the side of "good", monsters, unravelling a mystery to save the city. I laughed at the book cover as it's got a very a similar looking guy to the Dresden Files, i.e. a non- descript detective type wearing a panama hat - the only difference is Larson's Draith has a gun and Butcher's Dresden has a leather duster and staff. Maybe Quentin is Harry's long lost brother or something?

I'm awaiting the next book to see if I'm hooked to the series.



This is definately a YA (young adult) read...

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

Sanderson does Harry Potter. It was pitched a little to young for me. It's an okay read, not Sanderson's best and it seems he was a little lazy in knocking this one out - was a bit stuck for names and couldn't be bothered thinking up anything interesting.

Not one of Sanderson's best, nor most imaginative. Poor by his standards, but mediocre average by everybody else's.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

Disappointing after 14

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

I got this book on the strength of Clines last book "!4" which was excellent. However, this book was a disappointment. It started off well, but as soon as we grasp what's happening with the "door" it descends into a load of shallow, rubbish action with little or no suspense and no reason to invest or care about any of the characters or their fates. I actually fell asleep and rewinded the end. Unfortunately, this only confirmed I really didn't care what had happened to any of the characters and it's no wonder I ended up snoozing.

It's a shame, as the beginning was so promising and I can't help but feel it could have been a really good book. I'm still hoping that Clines will find the magic of "14" again. he seems to lose it after he's built the crux of the story and introduced us to all the characters.It's almost like he doesn't know how to ride the wave and get us to shore - we almost get to stand up on the surf board and then we instantly drown.

If you haven't read "14", I'd highly recommend reading that first, then I'd opt for another place to spend your credit than on this novel. That said, I'm still holding out hope for Clines next book...

22 of 22 people found this review helpful

Enjoyable, but not King's best

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

Better than Mr Mercedes, it's an engaging read and it's difficult to fault King's oh-so-readble and easy style It's got a very predictable ending and would be plot for very mediocre movie. However, that said it's got enough going for it - the suspense is drawn out, so you'll keep reading to the end. Compared with a lot of trashy reads out there, it's still very enjoyable.

The narrator is excellent and breathes a lot of life into the characters (I can imagine that with a lesser talent reading it it may well have struggled story-wise and would have been far less engaging). His female characters could do with a little work - they annoy and grate a bit..Worth a read, but not King's best.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Great Fun Read! Ignore the negative reviews!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-15

It's a fun read that crosses genres. If you fancy a light, fun read it's great! It's more similiar in the weight to Jim Butcher, it's pulp fiction. Don't expect hard core military sci fi, you'll be disappointed as it's more a mystery mix of Buffy and The Twliight Zone, with a little sprinkle of lighter side of Stephen King's paranormal. To me it was a great little page turner and I enjoyed immensely. I don't write many reviews but found myself writing this review to defend it against the recent few bad reviews as I think they're rather unfairly putting people off reading it. I highly recommend it, it's a refreshing little read in a sea of tedious Zombie, sleep inducing alien-killing sci fi and rubbish Vampire books. Give it a go! It's well worth while...