I picked up this series after a glowing review in someplace like the NY Review of Books (should have known better). Egad. I have no problem with rambling and detailed descriptions, if they are delightful, ghastly, or entertaining. So, i love Dickens and Austen. I've read Mark Heprin's Winter's Tale four times and listened to Susanna Clark's Jonathan Strange twice. But the narration, characters, and endless (and seemingly irrelevant) detail in Titus Groan had me crying Uncle and flipping iPod "channels" after a few hours. Maybe this is one of those works where You Had To Be There when it was first published. I just couldn't find the discipline to slog through it. I would have to be trapped in an elevator or stuck in a foreign hospital with nothing but this series for entertainment to get through it all.
In no way would I compare this book to The Lord of the Rings. I suffered through over 8 hours of this tiresomely boring story. Enough is enough. It never goes anywhere. The characters repeat every single thought or utterance 2 or 3 times. All the characters are,without exception, either stupid or ugly (or both). And to top it off, their voices and accents grate on your eardrums unmercifily. In over 8 hours I heard not a single musical or cheerful dialog. I'm glad I only purchased book 1 in this series! I'm removing the 2nd and 3rd books from my wishlist now!! In this case, an abridged version would be an improvement -- at least 85% could be cut easily!
Characters that you wish would just go away but never do. Tedious writing. Description of every hair out of place but the plot really never gets anywhere. Maybe I don't have the patience for 10 minutes of garbage till they get to the what the characters are actually doing. Which ends up being NOTHING
It is an excruciatingly slow story in which absolutely nothing happens for long stretches of time. It's really too bad because the author has some great characters and draws an interesting world. Unfortunately, over 8 long hours of listening, we were introduced to a handful of people, a baby got baptized, two men fought, and there was a fire. That's it! I'm not kidding. I honestly don't know if I will be able to even finish this book.
No - in fact I am truly surprised that this classic is so boring. I generally like this type of novel.
The narrator is superb. I would definitely listen to him again. The problem is the writing, not the narrator.
Good lord! What a question. I would have cut 8 hours down to no more than 4. So where do I begin? Let me be clear. I NEVER listen to abridged books. There is absolutely nothing for Audible to do here. This book should have been edited down when it was published. It's too late. I would not have bought this if it had been an abridged version.
Great production of a bad book. No one's fault but the original editors at the original publishing house. They should have taken this talented author in hand and cut cut cut.
Why do your people always ask if someone is ready just before they are about to do something massively unwise?
This book is more poem than plot. The performance is flawless, though Audible seems confused about whether it's Simon Vance (who can do no wrong, in my opinion) or Robert Whitfield. If you want someone to paint you pictures with words and aren't too worried about a solid story, go for it.
I really did not like this book. All the characters are crazy and it is quite hard to relate to any of them. I got half way through the book and still have no idea what the plot is/will be. I don't know if I will make it through the second half.