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.
I am a big fan of Terry Brooks, so a friend mentioned that I should try David Eddings. I like his books, I would not say that I love them. However, Greg Abby is a GREAT reader. I wish he did more reading.
The plot, characters, and dialog are all written as if this were a children's book (ages 10 to 12) and I was going to pass it on to my daughters, but the whore-houses, pederastics, and incestual relationships prevent that. The dialog is so banal as to be painful and the narrator exacerbates this trait.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
This is my third and last Eddings book.
We almost need a new Fantasy sub genre. Books should be listed as "All Talk, but do Nothing Books.
This book is awkward and childish, reminiscent of say, the old He-Man cartoon. Maybe I'm just spoiled by living in a post-"Game of Thrones" and "The Wire" world but this just feels SOOOO thin. Characters are flat and one-dimensional, and many are annoyingly smug. There is never any tension, all of the villains are limp, powerless, incompetents who never seem to be even a vague threat. All of the female characters are either grandmotherly or whores. The story floats along from location to location without any real meaning, culminating in a 3rd grade "You'll pay for this!" taunt exchange between the hero and the only potentially decent villain. In particular near the end the lisping old man and random woman who rips her shirt open for no reason were PAINFUL to listen to.
The locations are about as vivid as a middle school set design - oh look, it's a "Medieval Castle" and over here it's "Middle East world" complete with trademark "desert" "veils" and "religious fanatics". Ugh. Is it really so hard to construct a fantasy world?
I'm surprised I managed to get through the whole thing, but for the most part it sort of moves along, from scene to scene, although several of these feel rather pointless. It's a fluffy piece of fantasy relying on thinly veiled stereotypes and isn't really worth your time. Don't get me wrong I LOVE SCI-FI AND FANTASY - this is just weak.
The narration is about on par with the work, maybe slightly better although maybe that is part of why some of the main characters sound so annoyingly smug, stupid, or just plain flat.