Read this in book form probably over 5 years ago, most of which was done while at work, with various interruptions. Fell in love with the series since...moreRead this in book form probably over 5 years ago, most of which was done while at work, with various interruptions. Fell in love with the series since that point. My husband recently started reading the e-books of The Dresden Files and is getting caught to me where I last left off (having finished listening to Book 7, Dead Beat on a trip last year in Sept 2011 while spending long drives in the car commuting). That was also my first listen as an audiobook to the series. And I just totally adored James Marsters' (Spike from Angel and Buffy).
This book was wonderful listening to the story all over again. Certain parts I recalled pretty well, while others, I had forgotten enough to still make this audiobook fun to listen to and not boring at all.
Just wish I could get my husband to listen to even a little bit with "Spike" reading. He refuses to believe me that it IS him. He's missing out.
Looks like I have a bit of Dresden reading/listening in my future. At least to me, well worth the re-read!
I bought this in hardback when it first came out but never got around to reading it. When I knew I was going to be doing a read-a-thon this weekend, I...moreI bought this in hardback when it first came out but never got around to reading it. When I knew I was going to be doing a read-a-thon this weekend, I decided to start listening first to see if I would enjoy it, especially since I didn't really care much for the narration of the other new series, The Lost Hero. I have to say that from the very start, I was very much immersed in the story. I enjoyed getting the two different perspectives, and was very impressed that both the male and female narrators were able to do very good accents quite easily (Carter is "American" and his sister Saddie is "British") and switch between their own first person narrative and speak the dialect of their sibling as well as the other varied characters in the story. I have always enjoyed Egyptian mythology and history as long as I can remember. I have to say that I learned a lot more about the mythology and in a fun way. Yes it is a bit like the Percy Jackson series with there being a need to "save the world" and young adults needing to make very difficult decisions, with some help of ancient "gods and goddesses." Despite that, I still very much enjoyed this book and I look forward to the next book in the series because it was such a fun read.(less)
This was my second Carrie Vaughn book and when I found out that it was the same author as who wrote Kitty and the Midnight Hou...more4 stars for a fun read.
This was my second Carrie Vaughn book and when I found out that it was the same author as who wrote Kitty and the Midnight Hour, I knew I had to try it out. Also, I will admit that the cover art really had me "hooked" too. I have always been interested in pirate stories and with the added bit involving fencing, as well as time travel it seemed like a very fun read and for that, I was not at all disappointed. I also enjoyed the fact that this wasn't too "angsty" for a YA book and I'm glad that the main character, Jill, came away from her adventure having learned some important lessons. It was a simple "magic" story, but I think that's why I enjoyed it as much as I did--a piece of a broken sword whisks Jill to the past, and by mending it, she is able to return back to her own time. Vaughn's portrayal of the life of a pirate was also more realistic and not romanticized like Hollywood's portrayal, another reason I enjoyed this book so much. I would have definitely enjoyed more character development, even for a YA book, and had it not been a fun read, I think this would have gotten 3 stars instead.(less)
Listened to this book on my drive back and forth to school. What I liked the most was the fact that I didn't have to already have read other books in...moreListened to this book on my drive back and forth to school. What I liked the most was the fact that I didn't have to already have read other books in this series (which at first I didn't realize it was part of a series) to have the story and characters make sense. It felt like I was listening to the first book in a series. I will likely try to listen/read other books when I'm in the mood for some urban-fantasy and light, fun reading.(less)