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I found this book a little on the slow side to start with, it spent a bit too much time trying to get us to care about characters that are not the focus of the series going forwards and the story suffered somewhat because of that.
The book picked up quite well and finished strongly once the focus shifted onto the main cast of the series, so that bodes well for subsequent books.
I enjoyed the narration overall, but it could stand to make the main characters more distinctive in subsequent books.
Overall, this was a decent enough listen and finished strongly enough that I would be interested in future releases.
[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]
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Would you listen to The Novices again? Why?
I've listen to it at least twice - it was so quirky and I thought I missed something from laughing so hard at times, and reminiscing about previous scenes at other times!
What did you like best about this story?
I LOVED how these novices were true novices. They weren't destined to save the world. They didn't come into hidden powers. They didn't emerge as heroics, able bodied or mentally articulate gods by the end of the story. Too many authors fall into the cookie cutter 'average Joe' who turned into an immaculate, handsome, savvy character before the quest ends. These characters are incompetent with a finesse and use little to common sense or logic, wich made them endearing and clearly stamps this book in my fave top 10%
Have you listened to any of Travis Baldree’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I am not familiar with Travis Baldree. But I have added several of the books he has narrated to my Wish List. He did an excellent job with this book and I'm looking forward to him reading to me again!
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
This book moved me to laughter many times over. The Novices was a comic relief that liberated the stress of a work day and kept me company as I cleaned the house. I went out and bought speakers to add to my amusement and entertainment!
Any additional comments?
Anyone who wants a fun adventure with deep characters who have dense and simpleton thoughts would enjoy this. Dragons were real dragons. No one is trying to train, ride, or shift into them. The characters don't make the best decisions. Heck, they don't even make good decisions! They fly -or run - by the seat of their pants, without thinking ahead five minutes. Each stay true to character and don't strive to be more. They are who they are - and they're adorable! Think about those sweet kids who you just smile and shake your heads at, because they try to make or do something, but alway come up a deck short ... As a southerner would say, "Bless their hearts!" "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."Thank you for allowing me the pleasure!
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes! It's funny, has plenty of action, and is entertaining.
What about Travis Baldree’s performance did you like?
He gave each character a unique voice and captured the emotions expressed.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I was frequently laughing while listening to this.
Any additional comments?
I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.
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