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Oh brother... this *cannot* be written by the same man who penned the superb Bartimaeus trilogy. The Bartimaeus books were phenomenal: sparkling dialog, a captivating and brilliantly constructed plotline, and characters that were not merely three-dimensional, but at least four, or possibly five dimensional. The site of The Last Siege may be contemporary rural England, but surprisingly, it is less plausible than Bartimaeus's England, with supernatural beings and a Parliament full of scheming magicians.
The Last Siege is exceptional only in its dullness, the unimaginative and lifeless characters, and a plot that is as difficult to plod through as waist-deep snow. And the narrator! Even if the dialog were the least bit interesting, he makes the characters sound like preschool chipmunks. Maybe I would enjoy this book more if I read it in ink & paper, but the audio version is excruciatingly disappointing. I forced myself to continue listening, hoping, praying, begging for something to happen that would ring truthfully, that would make me care about the story and its characters. I'm almost through with it, and its so bad I'm not sure I can bear to continue. I'm not just disappointed in Jonathan Stroud, I'm angry with his editors, who allowed his reputation to be diminished by publishing this book and this audio version. The Bartimaeus Trilogy was pure genius. This is the polar opposite.
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The synopsis from Audible makes this book sound way more interesting than it is. It's not bad, really, but definitely not what I'd expected after the Bartimaeus Trilogy. Kind of boring, with rather irritating characters. Slow moving, and there wasn't much resolution to the few plot points either. The idea of the story is interesting, but the way he approached it made it pretty dull.
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