Not this performance.
NO! There ws a older audio version that was better. Not great but a lot better. Odd pronunciations.
No, but the story was good.
I'm going to just cut to the chase and review the whole Elenium rather than just this first book. I read the books in print several times before listening to this audiobook and I had very specific ideas of how I wanted this series to be done and this fell short of that hope. It took me a long time in the book to get over the way that certain names were pronounced and I wasn't too thrilled with the narrator's female voices. I did think that the narrator did a decent job for the most part though once I got over that. I like the story overall, it is a solid epic fantasy series full of magic, gods, knights, and thieves and the characters are lovable if brutal and violent at times. They tend towards banter which I always enjoy. Once I got into the series I was captured by it and I did like the narrator for the Elenium far more than the narrator for the Tamuli.
He just simply lacked the skill of a narrator. Didn't have the voice.
Narrator did, to write this review and I'm not even done.
Get a different narrator.
Fan of fantasy and science fiction. I started reading Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Tolkien in middle school and became hooked on the genre.
This is my first David Eddings book. Unfortunately, I don't think I can objectively critique the story because the narrator's accent and voice acting practically ruined the book for me. The performance was a bit over the top, and the voices didn't seem to match the characters at all. For example, I didn't expect a Pandion knight to sound like a 21st century cool dude.
Maybe Mr. Abbey is not a terrible reader, and for a different type of book he would have been ok. But for a fantasy novel with a medieval setting it was a very poor match. After listening to the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, with its excellent narrator, I expected something better than this.
If you are really interested in this series, I definitely recommend passing on the audiobook and getting the print version instead.
I've been a fan of these books for years, they've become old friends.
When listening to familiar titles, you expect your take on the story and the narration not to match perfectly. In this case, the narration was so far off it got in the way of the story.
It's far enough off to me that I know I'll never listen to them again. I'd much rather sit down a read the stories myself.
David Eddings is one of my favorite authors and I was excited to finally get to sit back and listen to story be read to me...and then I heard the narrator. Even though it has been many years since I read the series the story easily comes back to me but unfortunately it is at the cost of having to wade through one of the worst readers to which I have listened. Mr. Abby comes off as over acting in almost all situations in a melodramatic way that makes me cringe repeatedly. Unfortunately my love for the story will force me to buy the rest of the series and I can only hope that Mr. Abby has picked up some drama classes in between recordings.
A different narrator.
Susan Erikson. Renee Raudman. Anyone with more life in their voice. I actually did not listen to all of it. I had to turn it off, it was painful. I feel mean saying that as he obviously would give it his best shot, but I would recommend he increase his tempo, and put more light and shade into his voice, so his voice waxes and wanes with vibrancy and intensity along the lines of the story.
This is supposed to be book one of a series, but the reality is it's a very slow, tedious, painful build-up to nothing. It sounds like the start of an interesting story but it goes way too slowly and then abruptly ends with no resolution, no plot tie up, and very minor stage-setting for the next book. It's like someone took a decent book, ripped it in half at random, and the fluffed up the first half back to book length.
Yes, because I loved the story and the narration
In several places I laughed out loud
I loved the whole series and I was disappointed to find out that Greg Abby has not narrated any other books.
Narrator was terrible. I found myself mocking the narrator instead of listening to the story. I am not sure if this was the entire problem though. I felt like the story progress was slow and didn't keep my interest. I liked the storyline of the Belariad and Malloreon triolgies better.