Fascinating story that travels between worlds and lives out childhood fantasies. But the tone of the tale & characters is depressing and flat. It kind..Show More » of bums you out and spoils the fun. Mark Bramhall's performance adds to the depressing tone. Also the prose is much more simplistic and superficial compared to Rothfuss or Tolkien who use beautiful language. Yet it is still an excellent story with unique elements and worth a read/listen.
Read all 3 books back to back. I enjoyed the story and the feeling of 'Wizard People Dear Reader'. I couldn't work out why I hadn't read or heard..Show More » of the Fillory books. only to realise they are the kind of fictional book you wished really existed. As a kid I loved the world of Narnina and I loved the journey into Fillory. side note on the performance Mark Bramhall's performance was great during the sarcasm laced dialogues and capturing the irony of scenes. BUT... Im an Australian and I found Mark Bramhall's pronunciation on a few words really hard to understand, I had to imagine the text to translate. The over emphasis on the 'h' in common words like why, what, wheel, where and which was grating and came across snobbish when the books intended to be modern and accessible. Also the "Australian" accent on Poppy is a New Zealand accent crossed with a quarter Sydney bogan, which definitely doesn't match the character. Not an awesome performance, but the books are a good adventure.