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Sometimes you're looking for a good mix of sci-fi and fantasy. It can be hard to find. Gene Wolfe did a tremendous job in this respect, but not many others. Pulsipher really has my ear now. He's woven a story with hi-tech and wormholes with the mystical creatures that we come to expect with classical fantasy. In that respect, I think this book definitely adds to both genres.
Both protagonists are very likable. I feel like there's a lot more going on and am anxious for book 2. Also, and I'm glad for this, there isn't a lot of fluff. The story is cut well and moves forward with every chapter or POV change. It has an epic feel without being 30+ hours long in audio form. The descriptions are awesome. I loved hearing the descriptions of other worlds, though foreign, but you can easily imagine what's there. The narrator was a good choice for this story. Wide range of characters and didn't have to wonder who was speaking at any point. Solid, consistent performance.
Hope book 2 comes out soon.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
This book could have been 50% longer. Spoiler: big cliffhanger at the end! I have it on good authority that book 2 (obsidian threads) is close to being done.
Kaden and Aren make a great team, even thought their time together in this first book is limited. Their different paths are in unique and intriguing. I freakin loved the dwaros/dwarf creatures. Their song that and magic is very interesting and pretty fresh! Storytelling was great and enhanced by the narrator. What a voice this one has. Wow. Anyway, cheers! On to the next!
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Would you consider the audio edition of The Crystal Bridge to be better than the print version?
I have not read the print version.
What other book might you compare The Crystal Bridge to, and why?
Lord of the rings, in parts.
Any additional comments?
This book is part Sci-fi, part fantasy, and part thriller. It reminds me of Lord of the rings in parts and Stargate in others. It's got everything from Elves to Dwarves to Dragons, Gods and an all important evil corporation. I liked the heroes and villains. Great writing by Charlie Pulsipher and very nicely narrated by Keith Michaelson with a good variety of voices.I'm looking forward to book 2 I was provided this audio book at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com.