Well. Happy Tuesday, folks! I had a small, peaceful few minutes away from my fam this morning (drinking coffee outside, listening to the birds). I hope you all can find a few minutes away from everything!
Today I’m going to highlight/review (in a short fashion) the Resistance audiobook by Jaye L. Knight! Now, if you’ve been around for a couple years, you may recall that I reviewed the book regularly ( |here| ). But just a few months ago, Resistance was released as an audiobook. And I’m reviewing it, because why not?
I swear that I’ve read Resistance at least four times (goodreads says only three, but pshaw), and I think that I’ve fallen in love a little more each time + view the book in a different perspective. (more on that in a sec)
First off, this entire series is a Christian fantasy, so you should all know that straight off. That aside, I think that this fantasy series is unique and even better than a lot of secular fantasies that I’ve read. (I mean, it’s no secret that a lot of Christian fantasy – or just Christian books in general – typically aren’t as good of quality) So what makes it unique? Part of it is that most fantasies are set-up in a medieval world. Well, Resistance is mainly a mix of medieval and roman inspiration. It’s just … my heart, guys. It’s fab. And, of course, there’s dragons!! (In Resistance, they’re only mentioned. but just read on! They become a pretty big deal! 🙂 )
Also, the writing. The writing, guys. Somehow, we are quickly introduced and fall in love with the characters immediately, but it all feels completely natural. We can shift into their perspectives (and there are a lot of perspectives … but it isn’t at all overwhelming). Ms Knight’s writing is emotionally charged in a very subtle way. She writes the characters dimensionally (which I’ve already mentioned), if a little perfect.
Anyways. What was I saying earlier? About gleaning something new? Well in this reread, which was via audiobook (I’ll touch on that in another sec), something struck me. I can’t give an exact quote… but it was a moral moment for Jace where he says he would rather just disappear into the woods and ignore the world’s problems; let them solve it for themselves. I had never remembered that quote – I had always just brushed past it before.
But this time? I was at work, listening to the audiobook, and I started tearing up. The quote it me so hard … and I had never remembered it before? But yeah. These moments kept happening.
As for the audiobook itself, the narrator – Lance Rasmussen – was an excellent choice. His voice (and I promise I’m telling the truth) was EXACTLY how I had imagined Jace’s voice to be. He also perfectly gave voice to Rayad and Goler. However, one of my biggest pet peeves while listening to an audiobook is when male narrators make the female voices sound very high and whiny. This happened a little bit with Kyrin, but it really wasn’t all that bad. Also, there were a couple times during the book when the character narrating would switch and I would be confused for a second (it was hard to tell when it switched). Other than that, Mr Rasmussen was amazing.
So basically, I am enthusiastically recommending this book – ESPECIALLY the audiobook!
How does everyone feel about audiobooks? I use to hate them cuz I can’t sit still … but now I love to listen to them while knitting or drawing! Any favorite narrators? I’d also love some good audiobook suggestions! (i have a few, myself, if anyone is interested…)