Wow what a great story! I'm already looking forward to the rest of the books. Had no problem with audible. I listened whenever I wanted. while shopping, cleaning or waiting for an appt. The story is thrilling and suspenseful....
I love the story line, the twisting plots, the taste of fantasy and the overall feeling that it is an almost historical fiction...
The writing of the book is AWESOME. it is intriguing, enthralling, and, in spite of the Roy Dotrice's horrible reading, the book still packs a punch.
The book itself reminds me of a bloodier, less fanciful Paolini's "Eragon".
I wish these books were offered with an entirely different reader.
The reader, Roy Dotrice, is barely tolerable. His halting every few words, seriously limited vocal characterizations, and heavy breathing difficulties makes me wonder if the producer every actually LISTENED and HEARD the narrator objectively. I would love to have the speed at 1.5 to get through the book this year but then the reader, already difficult to follow, is unintelligible so 1.25 it is... which is still painful listening - though less than at regular speed.
I wish this was read by Gerard Doyle. The book deserves his nuance, characterization, and ease of tempo. He read Christopher Paolini's "Eragon" series and is PERFECT.
i loved listening to this tale. with hidden agendas, enemies around every corner and a spell bounding voice to help keep the imagination wondering; I cant wait to see what book two holds in store for me.
I gave this so many stars mostly on the basis of friends who have read it all, however Roy Dotrice does such a lousy job reading this book that I feel compelled to warn others away from the audio version. Dotrice shouts in a monotone without modulating either the volume or the tone to match different characters and circumstances. His voice quickly grew so abrasive that I just bought the kindle version.
He did not even try.