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I really really wanted to like this series. I love the coming of age, finding they have mythical powers, the girl, blah, blah, blah...I'm just a sucker for it and I can't get enough of it. But this book was like listening to a story teller with REALLY bad attention deficit disorder (ADD). The first book was written COMPLETELY different than this one. I much prefer books written in the first person, but of course some of the greats are written from multiple perspective. The first book tells a story from multiple perspectives and spends an adequate, if not somewhat short, amount of time with each character. Jorundyr's Path is told from at least 3 primary points of view, with at least 6 other characters with small parts. The weird and annoying thing is that the author only spends around 15 seconds to 3 minutes on each character (as read by the narrator). I'm not making this up. The book will transition from one character to another for like 3-4 sentences and then move onto another character. WTF? There is absolutely no way to get into any one part of the book because you have to listen to it in 1-3 minute segments, then wait to hear about some insignificant part of somebody else's day, and then back for another short part. He even does this crap in fight scenes.
The story follows a few different people around, with Wulfric as the main character. He is possessed of some berserker gift from the gods that, for some odd reason, makes him look like he's freezing death (uncontrollable shaking and teeth chattering)?!? Oh, and at times I'm pretty sure that the author forgets that Wulfric has this ability. The concept of the book is spot on and should have been a lot better than this. The book is actually pretty boring and extremely predictable. The author just doesn't seem like he has the proper depth to tell a really interesting story. There are little to no fight scenes in the book, and the ones that are I could have written. For those of you who have read or listened to really good fight sequences you know what I mean. These ones are just bad.
I definitely rate this book as below average. Sorry Wulfric, maybe Mr. Hamilton will spend a bit more time on you and your story in the next book.
Simon Vance nailed it as always!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I really loved the first book and this one didn't disappoint... Simon Vance crushed the narration like he always does, and the characters where compelling and really well developed. I would have loved to give this book a 5 star rating, but I reserve those for books that are in my opinion flawless or very nearly so.
I had two problems with this book (neither of which should discourage anyone from spending a credit, it's definitely worth a listen)....
First and most important there are 5 main story lines going on at once and throughout the book I felt like the author jumped from one to another like he was fly-fishing. I would have liked to have had full chapters with each character rather than bouncing back and forth every 5-10 pages.
Second, this really felt like a the "middle" book in a trilogy. Yes, I know that it is the middle book in this trilogy, but it doesn't have the plot pacing and narrative structure you would expect from a standard well-written book. I was totally engrossed in the plot and immersed in the world, but when i heard "We hope you have enjoyed this program!" I was like, "huh... I guess you could just stop there, couldn't you?"
Regardless, I'm looking forward to the next book and can't wait to find out what happens next.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
very compelling story .can not wait for book 3, filled with twists turns and intrigue.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
A good solid story, however it’s the performance of the narrator that really brings it to life... awesome
1 of 1 people found this review helpful