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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
One of the main things I take into consideration when picking out an audio book is the narrator. What is his/her voice like? How does it make me feel? Do they read a script or do they actually breathe life into the written word? It has no bearing if this book is outstanding if the person reading it sounds like one of my high school English teachers. In this case, I liked out. I got a fabulous storyline AND narrative.
What did you like best about this story?
There are so many things that I liked that make it impossible to single out any one thing. Each chapter had a "best" moment. But I'm glad that there are sequels, that the story lives on, that the fantasy doesn't have to end when the narrator utters that last word.
Which scene was your favorite?
A bit easier to answer, my favorite scene is actually TWO scenes. Jacob's harrowing exodus from Blackout and the decimation of the Regime's Hope factory.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
YES, DEFINITELY! But unfortunately I had to settle with stolen moments. I started my day with coffee & HOPEBREAKER, snatched a spare moment or two throughout the day, and ended my day with a cup of herbal tea & HOPEBREAKER.
Any additional comments?
I had the privilege of reading HOPEBREAKER prior to listening to the audio version, so I already knew the storyline, had preconceived ideas about the characters - what they might look like, their character, etc. But actually having someone read the book to me added an almost magical element to it. The story came alive in my mind. I was able to relive every moment in more detail. And rather than two dimensional physical descriptions of the characters, my mind's eye gave them real faces. The faces of people I'd seen in film or in real life. I always saw Jacob resembling a shaggy haired Chris Pratt. Taberah looked amazingly similar to a fiery Jennifer Lawrence. And suddenly, as the narrator detailed the appearance & mannerisms of Teller, my mind envisioned my pizza delivery guy. Sometimes, everything in the world seems to come between me and my favorite books, but there's little that can keep me from listening. And that's the big bonus with narration.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Hopebreaker by Dean F. Wilson is the first in a series called The Great Iron Wars. It is a steampunk dystopian novel with a bit of science fiction mixed in. On the world of Altadas, a demon invasion led to a takeover of the human race. Instead of birthing normal human children now humans only have demon children. Jacob is a smuggler of amulets that can protect women from becoming pregnant. When Jacob is caught, he falls in with the resistance attempting to force these demons to leave Altadas. Jacob must prove his trustworthiness and help with an attempt to weaken the demons.
I think this novel had a lot of potential. The plot for the most part is interesting with a lot of highs and lows as the story develops. There is a lot of action that moves the plot forward. I really enjoyed the beginning and the friendship between the smuggler, Jacob, and child prisoner, Whistler. There was definitely a steampunk blended into the details of the story, which was nice. Unfortunately, as the story developed, I found that the characters did not. They remained flat and became inconsistent. I formed an impression of the Jacob at the beginning of the novel and he seemed to contradict that time and time again with his actions. It also felt like the middle of the novel was a bit disconnected from the beginning and the end. The relationship between Jacob and Whistler loses importances for the majority of the novel. Unfortunately, there were also numerous ideas introduced without much follow through. There are hints about a big mystery at the beginning, which is completely ignored until the end of the novel. There is a second big mystery that was implied and never revisited. Perhaps this will reappear in a future novel, but there were no hints throughout to keep the mystery alive. Personally, I didn’t find the battle scenes to be engrossing, but that is probably because I didn’t connect with the characters, personally.
The narration by T Anthony Quinn was good. He infused accents into the characters, which didn’t seem to have any basis in the story, but it was nice touch. The production quality was good as well. I would recommend this novel to someone looking for a steampunk novel about fighting against an unjust ruling party.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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13 of 18 people found this review helpful
A good, well voiced audio book, very individualised characters, good underlying storyline. Well written and engaging in a nice niche between sci fi and fantasy, steam punk in a specially constructed world, rich in description and context without contrived explaining and tangents. Overall an excellent buy. Pleasantly surprised.