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I'm a devoted listener of fantasy audiobooks on audible. I listen to 3-5 books every week. In spite of the endless number of books audible has to choose from I find it increasingly difficult to find new, well written, and most importantly well edited fantasy series.
So many books have good story arcs or interesting worlds but become unlistenable just because the author was unwilling or unable to have a competent editor pick up a red pen and beat their story like a rented mule.
I intro my review this way because when I stumble across a book like The White Tower it makes the experience all the more unique. This book has great characters... Protagonists you can't help but root for, villains you want to strangle and conflicts whose outcomes are uncertain.
The narration is solid, the voices are spot on, and the writing is fluid. While some might critique this book for having a relatively standard epic fantasy plot, I find that it's the writing and the characters that keep me engaged in a story more so than a reinvention of the genre. I've listened to many books with groundbreaking plots that I never finished because the dialog was idiotic or the characters two dimensional.
In summary, if you like epic fantasy you should spend the credit and start listening.
86 of 87 people found this review helpful
It had a chance, the magic system seemed fun, but fails. I tried to get thru this book. Got half way.
No conversation in this book seems real. Has no grit. All of the banter falls short of being funny. Just written poorly. The try at “love” seems like it’s written for an 8 year old.
I don’t usually review but I had to warn people away from this book.
15 of 17 people found this review helpful
This is one of those books with great potential but requiring too large an investment in time to get there. It’s not gripping or captivating so far. Several hours in and like a child I keep asking, “when will we get there?” The details while appreciating, get overwhelming then boring at times. The story is also quite predictable in some respects. I do not appreciate the long-winded, detailed torture scenes...
I’m sure the book would have turned out alright in the end - it’s just not engaging or mature enough for me to appreciate.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Great story, Tim Gerald Reynolds always a great reader.
Book 2 alas is not written yet.
will any of his earlier stuff be available at Audible in the near future ??
If this book didn't have 5 hours of fluff and nothing at the start it would be amazing if you like swords and sorcery this book might be up your ally however you have to push though the start of the book till it starts getting good just at the 4hr / 5hr mark