Three complete full length novels in one well-priced package!
Twisted by black magic and driven by soul-crushing loss, Lowin Fenly, a young scribe turned knight, struggles to hold on to his humanity as he battles to rescue that which he values most in the world. Along the way he will be forced to make friends of his enemies and enemies of his friends. He will grow from a boy no one has heard of into a man destined to leave the land forever changed, but how will he be remembered? Will he be Sir Fenly, hero of the people, or will he be Lowin the Dread, a monster to terrify children?
The Hungering Saga is a sweeping story that begins in familiar fantasy territory and quickly twists many of the genre staples back upon themselves.
©2012, 2015 Heath Pfaff (P)2016 Heath Pfaff
Better writing, better performance and a more vigorous editor.
I really tried with this audio book. This came after a string of seriously amazing reads/listens and I thought I was being overly critical at first, but it just got worse. I've given up half way through because listening to it was making me angry and frustrated. I have no idea how this got a 4 star rating on audible...
If you want to listen to a 37 hour asthma attack, look no further! This performance made me really appreciate breathing.
I have read many reviews for these books and the overarching theme was fantastic story but poor execution in the sense of editing and diction. I must say this is a heap of pretentious rubbish! As I listened to this book my mind ceased to hear the words, instead, I saw them. I often become lost in the majesty of Pfaff's world and became infatuated with the journey of the characters. There is a maturity in the content of this book that draws you in, providing a raw and visceral sense to the text which is an excellent exploration of the human condition. I would often be caught up in moral musings as I listened, not always agreeing with the moral position taken by the author. Having moments such as this with a text are rare, and are a testament to the author's ability to not only caress your mind with the fantastical but also to invigorate its core.
Paul J McSorley narration was a bit confronting at first as I struggled to related to his selected voice for a key character. However, this character does change very early in the first book, so was not a burden for long. My final view of McSorely's narration is a positive one as it neither improves or reduces the text itself; achieving little in the narration is a positive as many narrators are utterly hopeless.
I wholehearted recommend this book to those who think they will just read one chapter more before bed... then realizing it is 3am. A sublime book of many ideas and emotions wrapped is an excellent fantasy world.
I really enjoyed the story. Interesting story of power and the struggle of dealing with ultimate power and how someone deals with it. I like the character building of the main. supporting characters not fleshed out enough .... the last book seems a little rushed and the ending left me wanting so much more ......in saying that I enjoyed the storyline and build up. Great work !
A central plot line was never entirely clear. The author seemed to jump from one idea to another, inserting shallow and one dimensional characters to support a flimsy plot.
hated how every attractive woman seemed to throw themselves at the main character. virgin pleases women 2 nights in a row? yeah right...
"Poorly performed, poorly written."
This is the first review I've written on an audio book from Audibles, and I'll tell you why. After reading the only previous review I decided to give this book a go and see if it was as decent as some written by other authors I was unfamiliar with but now adore. I don't recommend you take the plunge. Save your credit or money for something by Brandon Sanderson or Patrick Rothfuss.
This writer cannot begin to attach a reader to a character and I'm not exaggerating. If you're used to a world filled with love for your main protagonist, with detailed imagery and an insatiable need for the next title, this isn't it. It's difficult to discern what the point of the books are at all, in fact, because so little cohesion exists as you blur from one character experience to the next in a large cast of characters without distinction and poorly executed plot exploration. As if this wasn't enough, you add in the tailored sexual encounters and child-like vocabulary of the writer and you're left puzzling over how this was published and became an audio book at all.
I'm not going to relent on the performance, I'm sorry. I've not been so displeased by a performance in all of my audio book history, which spans several years. The actor here does not enunciate. He has an accent that's difficult to listen to constantly, and he mispronounces several words. Without a written copy to compare to, I also believe he adds words or phrases into the performance that (trying to give some credit here in hopes it's not true) make the author sound ridiculously unfamiliar with the style of writing he's trying to convey.
Please, PLEASE proceed with caution. There are a great number of books I would give outstanding praise to (and probably should after writing this), but this isn't one of them.
"Approach with Caution!"
I think my biggest problem was this audiobook, was the reading style of Paul J McSorley. He is a fine reader, and would be perfect for other genres of books, but his accent did not mesh well with a fantasy story. I felt like the characters were coming from some small American town.
I also felt that this story could have been much better with some editing and revision. It read like a first or second edit instead of a well polished, finished piece of work.
The ideas behind these stories were absolutely amazing! Heath Pfaff, keep on writing, but get a different editor! His stories have great potential if he is willing to put a little more effort into turning them into a cohesive, finished piece.
I might be willing to try another performance by Paul if the setting were more appropriate for his reading style. A story about middle America, or a small town drama of some sort. I would not consider it if it were fantasy of any sort.
The story it self is very interesting, but it is just too sad all the time.
Nothing goes the way you want it to, but it is still a captivating story.
"Excellent story & characters"
I've already read the books before getting the audible version and the story itself IS the most enjoyable thing regardless of the format it is delivered in. For me personally, the narrator didn't add much to the story itself really. Not to sound crazy but I think I preferred the voices in my head as I read it to myself to be honest. That doesn't mean I'm not enjoying it though. The story and writing is great and it's nice to actually get work, cleaning, etc done while listening to it.
Lowin of course was my favorite character, but the thing about this series is that you get to know a LOT of characters. They are all well developed and they all stand out in some special way. I ended up liking ALL the characters, even the ones you wanted to hate, you just can't help yourself. (Well, I couldn't).
The narrators voice is gruff and baritone with a bit of a drawl/dialect, he reminds me of Phil Harris (an old voice actor).
I'm not good with tag lines, but I'd be first in line to see it.
As of this posting I haven't listened to the -entire- series yet, but I have read them all. I believe I've listened to enough at this point to make a review though (and will finish it up later of course). I've reviewed the story itself on Amazon, and I loved every second of it and found it hard to walk away from. If you are not into fantasy genre, magic or intelligent beasts, then go elsewhere. You will be missing out though! The story is thought out, fast paced, and I can't say enough about the characters, they are all well done and enjoyable. (My full review of the books alone can be found on amazon. I'd C&P but it is huge.)
"At first okay, than great!"
So I read a review that the narrator sounded like macho man Randy savage after listening to about five hours of it.... now this book is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the narrator's voice grew on me eventually, at first it grated in my ears. it was terrible.
"very good books"
It was a good series, had a little more sexual action then I prefer, but past that, if your an adult and enjoy a good Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel, you'll like this. Not for those under 18.
I normally don't write reviews unless a book is especially good or bad. this one was the later. I have listened to several hundred books and this was the absolute worst by a long shot. the story didn't make since half the time and the other half the story was bad. the narration was monotone and grating. I finished it somehow but what a waste of a credit!
"Meh, had potential but didn't follow through"
first off, I have to say that the narrator sounds like he is reading to a little child. over exaggerated emotions and expression. I probably would have enjoyed the book more with a different narrator or if I had read the book myself.
second, the main character is oblivious. It is sometimes blatantly obvious what is going on and the main character just gets confused for 10 minutes at a time for really no reason.
third, I am not a fan of zombies. the threat known as the hungering are basically not dead bug zombies. Mass swams of creatures who's only desire is to eat humans, ignore pain, have no sense of self preservation. just "must kill and eat all humans".
fourth, the main character gets himself into bad situations and is kept alive for reasons that are just there so that he can survive. they make no logical sense. half the time the reason is that the villain just "felt that the main character would be important to the future" that gets really old after 3 times or more.
it was a struggle not to press the fast forward button during the many times the main character goes into one of his winey rants.
I know that some people like that kind of thing but I don't.
wasn't a great book for me, not the kind of book that I would ever reread.
"Angsty teen writes poorly vocalized introspection"
Talk about a book centered around repetitive self-loathing. Predictable plot, full of cliches and angst.
"Terrible writing, repeats the same past events."
Repetition used as a device to lengthen a short book. Awful writing and average performance
"The narrator isn't great, but the story is worse"
The narrator isn't great he does add much to the story and puts the emphasis in really strange places often not reading ahead so not finishing the sentence properly. But it may not be all his fault as quite frankly the story is awful, childish, poorly written, with no time taken to build character or even create believable character depth.
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