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What did you love best about Sleepy Hollow: General of the Dead?
I thought the first two in this series were great fun to listen to, but General of the Dead was superb. My favorite part, other than the exceptionally engaging story, was that Gleaves took these wonderful characters and really fleshed them out in this story. I enjoyed it all the way through, and I didn't want it to end.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Sleepy Hollow: General of the Dead?
Agathe's Tale was particularly well done. It is a story within a story, and it is particularly long. It is a testament to Gleaves' maturing skills as a writer that the change in the continuity to his main story was smooth and painless. It added such a compelling layer to an enjoyably layered story.
Which character – as performed by Eric Michael Summerer – was your favorite?
Eric Michael Summerer's reading of Joey and Zef was perfect. Two well drawn characters to begin with, but his reading of them, with the emotional ups and downs that came with their stories, made me smile and tear up several times. Summerer, like Gleaves, has taken his art to a whole new level in General of the Dead.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Well, there was the part of the story toward the end that made me sincerely mad that Gleaves had chosen a particular outcome. And then he made it all better. These characters stay with you, they move you.
Any additional comments?
This book rockets the Sleepy Hollow/Jason Crane series into the ranks of first-rate literature. The depth of characterization here, the solid advancement of the always gripping plot, the locale descriptions which put you IN the story, the beautiful and wise observations about what it means to be alive and happy on planet Earth along the way -- they all combine into this wonderful reading/listening experience. Enjoy it for the adventure alone, or enjoy it for the masterfully crafted story it is, but go ahead and spend the credit because you will enjoy it.
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This was an epic finish to an amazing series!
I absolutely loved these books. They were so much fun! Ghosts, magic, witches, history, hidden tunnels and lost documents. Lots of action, a bit of romance and an amazing resolution to the story. I just loved it.
There are a couple of things that I didn't love about it, but since I loved the series so much and I loved the ending, it still gets 5 stars.
Now I know I'm going to get people calling me a bigot and whatever else, but I didn't love the gay romance in this book. People can love who they want to love, I don't care, it's not my cup of tea and I don't relish reading about guys kissing and holding hands and calling each other "baby." This book has a lot more of that than the previous one.
Like I said, I loved how everything resolves in this book, but the ending itself did seem to drag out a bit. The big climax of the story happened and I think there was about 1 hour of listening left. It kinda felt like the author went back through his trilogy and found any possible loose end there was and spent the rest of his book tying them all up. The ends do get tied up nicely, but it feels a little like watching the Extended Version of Return of the King. I love it, but when will it end?
The last thing I didn't love is a little spoiler here:
Kate and Jason, and Joey and Zeph both loose their virginity to each other near the end of the book. It's not explicitly described, but the pretty awkward foreplay for both couples is. I kind of wish if it had to happen it could have been a little more implied. And like I said about the ending, it felt like a weird loose end the author felt he needed to tie and it felt a little out of place.
Anyways, I know I talked a lot about what I didn't like about the book. I've gushed plenty about the previous two books and the same applies here.
One of my favorite things about this book was the person who read the audiobook. His performance is absolutely amazing! Listen to the audiobook! It is one of the best performed series I've ever listened to, and I've listened to a lot of audiobooks.
well read and well writen, a nice twist to the tale fun and freaky all at the same time.
Brilliant third book of the Jason Crane trilogy. Richard Gleaves has done it again. Brilliantly read by Eric Michael Summerer who makes the action come to life. Funny in parts and nail biting in others. A great read. My only gripe is I think it could have done without the last few chapters. The story ended on a high and slowly came down. I think it should have ended when Jason's grandma said goodbye to him. From there is just seemed a bit like padding, the steam had dissipated. Before that point I hated to turn off the book at night when I had to go to bed as I could have listened to it all night. Unfortunately I lost interest in the last chapters regarding what happened to the "friends" afterwards, anyone with an once of imagination could predict what happened to them all. Having said that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would also recommend the the 1st & 2nd books in the trilogy as well.