I really liked this book. It reworks the Robin Hood story in a similar manner to how many authors have the Arthurian Tales. Instead of being a highway man in the High Middle Ages, Lawhead imagines Rhi Bran y Hud as a welsh nobleman a few generations after the Norman Invasion. I think it is a fun treatment, no it’s not the fastest paced story ever, but it does seem more plausible than the classic story.
I really liked the book, but every time I started to get into the story the narrator killed the mood. He seemed to be speed-reading which is exhausting to listen to. I love audiobooks, but had a hard time keeping up with this one. I loved his voice, the way he brought his characters to life and the fact that he mastered that balance between monotonous and overly dramatic. I think if he hadn't read so fast, I would not have paid so much attention to his performance and noticed his strange accent (sounds like an American trying to sound British) and mispronunciations.
Great story but the narration was way too fast. I listen on an Android and was able to slow the narration speed to x.5 and that made it much better.
My only complaint - it ended too soon!!!!! I loved this book, it grabbed me from the start and I didn't want it to end. I really wish he would have developed the relationship between Bran and Marrien more fully.... I think we need a next installment!!!!!
The story was well researched and nicely woven. A good thing too, since I started recommending it shortly after I started reading. It did not disappoint. I look forward to the second book.
I ordered this book after reading the wonderful reviews, and having audible feature it as a book that "could not be put down". The only way this book could not be put down, would be if you were paralyzed. It was awful. The writing was adequate, but the story was just terrible. After hearing Bran warn the third person that the French were coming, in the exact same manner, I stopped listening. The story goes at a snail's pace and the writing is repetitive. I'm sorry I wasted the money. Don't make my same mistake.
This book hooked me, right from the start. I'm confused by the issues below with the narrator. I'm horribly picky when it comes to narration - I will even put down a great book with a bad narrator - but I loved every bit of this one!
I really enjoyed the pace of this book and the way that Lawhead again manages to take myth and transform it into a plausible entertaining story.
My only questions is, why does Audible.com not have the sequel "Scarlet" yet?
I haven't listened to a lot of the book but needed to write straight away. I've already fast forwarded to skip over some of the very many 'trials' that befall the hero and I've not even reached the end of the first main part.
But the thing that really gets me is the narrating!! Errol Flynn or some other American accented black and white film hero failing miserably to sound like a Welshman from Norman occupied Britain - totally off putting. In fact, I find myself listening for the appalling accents rather than the story.
It could be that I'm British and dislike an American accent telling a story set in Britain - but then again I didn't like it when a story set in Dublin was narrated with no Irish accents.
Don't know if I'm going to manage to listen to all of this one!