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For young people

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-2020

I only listened to 3 chapters. Long enough to work out this book is for you g readers who play computer games. As such the only fault is with Audible for not stating that this is a litRPG book( I had to look that up after reading some other reviews) so it may be a very good book... for the right audience. Audible please try to indicate who the book is written for in the blurb, but thank you for letting listeners return books without penalty.

I couldn’t finish

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-08-2020

Tim Gerard Reynolds is one of my favourite narrators which is why I tried this series. Even he could not rescue this story for me, so please don’t judge the narrator on this book alone. I listened to a couple of hours hoping it would get better . Sviska seems to have no idea what is going on when he arrives and just floats from one situation to the next with the listener none the wiser either. Maybe this was done on purpose so that we the readers can feel the confusion too. It just made me very frustrated. He seems to lack spark and drive, and simply gets pushed along by events around him. This doesn’t seem to fit with the role of assassin. The characters I’ve met so far all seem very stilted with awkward , forced conversations. I’ve been reading Brandon Sanderson and Michael J Sullivan so admit I have high expectations. Of course likes and dislikes regarding reading matter is highly subjective. Maybe it gets better later on but I think I will pass on this one.

Sanderson never fails to please!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-2019

As always Brandon Sanderson delivers a great story. He is a master of writing great characters. David is engaging and quirky,like a meatball at a boxing match. Don’t worry, you’ll get it when you read the book. Nice little take on a well known hero. I won’t spoil the surprise here. The plot twist at the end was totally unexpected and tied things up nicely. The narration was superb. Many narrators balk at sound effects such as crying and sneezing but MacLeod Andrews jumps right in. I highly recommend this trilogy.

Sorry I couldn't finish

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-08-2019

It's probably just me. I think I have been thoroughly spoiled by Brandon Sanderson and Michael J Sullivan. I didn't make it past chapter 4. There was so much exposition I felt like I was getting a history lesson ( I hated history at school) ,and the narrator's pronunciation of the letter 'a' started to wear thin. Sorry.

Page turner!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-2018

The story started a bit slow and I was not sure how I felt about a fantasy set in the Bronze Age. However the main characters were very engaging and by the end I couldn’t put the book down. Heroism, magic, and humanity wrapped in a ripper of a story. Can’t wait to listen to the next book in the series.

Incredibly complex and enjoyable

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-2018

Top marks for the story and the narration. Michael Kramer is one of my favourites. I will have to listen again to absorb this book properly. It was a task to get characters and places straight in my head but it was definitely worth sticking with it. I still dont know if I can work out who are the good guys and the bad guys or how many sides there are. I think this is the hallmark of a great book which reflects the complexities of human nature where there is no black and white.

Totally engaging

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-05-2017

Complex characters and a great story. Narration was spot on. I couldn't stop listening. I highly recommend any works by Robin Hobb.

Couldn't get into this

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-2017

Oh dear . Where to start. The writing was clunky and forced... he said , she said started to wear after a while and the narrator made it really heavy going. Sorry but I am returning this one for an exchange

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