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What made the experience of listening to Wizard's Nocturne the most enjoyable?
Another suspenseful audiobook in this series. It kept my interest all throughout the book. Looking forward to the next book in this series
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What about Joe Hempel’s performance did you like?
So glad to be listening to Joe again! He IS Jonathan Shade. Joe voices the attitude and personality of the characters just as I would hear them with the cues given in words by the author. We get two versions of Jonathan at the same time and Joe's voicing of both fits each Jonathan. One's older and wiser in what he says, the other is younger and hotter with his words and actions. Joe slips into the characters with ease and I believe his voice to be them. By this point in the series, Joe has perfected the seamless narration and he's part of the book. There are NO distractions from the story, only adding a new dimension to the story through voice.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
There is a moment with Henry and Jonathan that was so touching that my eyes welled up. It was perfectly places with the build up of their relationship and gave me the feel that the big moment was coming for Henry. Well done.
Any additional comments?
Jonathan found a friend and more in Henry as he raised him to be a good man. He's told Henry much of what's to come. Sure there are a few details that Jonathan held back, but the major outcome of what's to happen this day and change Henry's life was always known to Henry. They have planned for this. We don't know all the plans, but we get to know them as Jonathan goes through the actions of bringing things together this day. We even see the interaction with Rayna.
It's neat seeing how time and events overlap. We see some events from Jonathan's side that connect with Rayna's events in previous books. Very cool! We didn't get as much from Rayna's POV in previous books, but what we did get was powerful and memorable because I wanted to know what came of her in this time, it resurfaces here and we learn.
I know Gary always has a sly way of changing everything in a story. It all fits and smoothly moves along yet still surprises me.
Wow. What a twisted time line. lol. Hats off to the author for keeping it all straight and in line, keeping the events and time streams clear as they are different with each character living their own time line. And he kept me up on what was happening with each character in a way that I didn't feel it was repeated or adding unnecessary information, it all works in with the story.
This book ends the three book arch with Jonathan and Winslow, so you really need to read the previous two books, but not necessarily the first three books.
What changes made affect the future? Jonathan is doing a few things different, so will it change the world and time Jonathan was from?
I really enjoy Gary's twists at the end, he lived up to my expectations. I'm ready to see what is next in Jonathan's life.
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Any additional comments?
For a wizard with no magic of his own (other than that of being impervious to the magic of other people), Jonathan Shade really gets about a bit. Currently stuck in1926 at the grand old age of 85 (as he says, "Getting old sucks, and not in a good way"),, he still has to perform his mission, the destruction of the would-be immortal. Of course, this is complicated by his having brought up Henry like his own son ...
But help, of a kind, is at hand in the form of a youthful Jonathan and some of the gang, including Kelly, arriving back in time to accomplish the actual murder. Yes, it does help to have read the two preceding books in.this time travelling trilogy within the Jonathan Shade series, but not essential: the twists and turns might be mind bogglingly elaborate but it's such a fun story it is easy just to go along with the plot without trying to test the theories.
As with the previous Shade books, the dialogue is tight, often funny, lots of memorable one liners and the characterisations are good. This time the story is recounted entirely in the first person, again, from the point of view of Jonathan Eaton, the name Shade the older is using during his prolonged stay in his past. As always, Joe Hempel is Shade, slick talking, quick thinking and devious: his narration is perfection. Could have been tricky having to voice two Jonathan's, but Mr.Hempel overcomes this effortlessly, somehow differentiating between the two whilst still maintaining the voice of Jonathan for both. So impressive.
This is such a fun series, I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who enjoys thrills and spills and a tiny touch of magic with their action. A big thank you to the rights holder who gifted me a copy of Wizard's Nocturn, via Audiobook Boom. It certainly brought some extra magic into my life. Hope there is more to come ...
What did you like most about Wizard's Nocturne?
As always Gary provides a great story with plenty of laughs
This is a welcome continuation of the series