Huge waste of money, cannot get past the narrator's monotone cadence to follow the story. After concentrating really hard on the words, I believe the story to be great. But, we could not sit through more than a few chapters before we were disgusted. I think I will try it in paperback. Don't buy this narrator's work. He is terrible.
Now this is what Audible listening is all about. I found the setting fascinating and the characters lingered in my mind between listenings and even long after the story ended. After listening to this, I got the 2nd. I cannot wait to listen to the 3rd and 4th. If you like fantasy or mystery or a good story, then this one is for you.
Very impressed with these wonderful books. Taken as a whole, The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches is one of the best and most well-written series I have ever came by. The many awards this book has won say it all! A fantastic beginning to an impressive series.
This is one of the best books I have ever listened to. Excellent narration builds on marvelous writing to engage you completely. Once I finish the fourth one, I will listen to the entire series again. Mr. Stanek has a gift allowing us to see this magical world and our own in a new light.
I read and listen to a lot of fantasy and scifi. This was one story I listened to the end of, just to get there. The story is disjointed and the dialogue poorly written. At one point, my wife and I were listening just to laugh at the parts that were supposed to be serious. I can not recommend this to anyone, and will not be puchasing any other parts of this book.
I bought the series because of the good rating but the slow, mediocre storyline is dominated by the simply awful narration. LISTEN TO A SAMPLE FIRST!
The narrator is Danish I presume and it took me quite a while to be able to even understand him. After that it was merely torture listening to him narrate as is reading a poem and strangling the story with incorrect pronunciation and bizarre cadence.
The other books get better i am told, but I am not sure that I could stand to listen to the narrator again.
I'm not sure I can say anything that hasn't been said already. The narration is pretty bad, as is the story. I was hoping for a short and entertaining fantasy in the vain of Wheel of Time or Lord of the Rings. This was not it. The only thing I can think of is that this series is for the very young reader, one who is completely fresh to the common themes in Fantasy. That said maybe the print version of the book is better.....but I doubt it.
One of the worst. I can't listen to another minute of this guy reading. Story is mediocre at best, but the reader drags this one down to the 'pathetic' category. Sorry folks, this one is not worth your credit.
Robert Stanek is the worst narrator ever! He slurs his speech so much that I often can't understand what he's saying.
I purchased this audio book some time ago, and due to the bad narration, I've started and stopped listening to this several times. I'm trying to listen to it again, but only because I used an Audible.com credit on it. I find, that after 10 - 15 minutes, I can't stay awake. Works faster than Nyquil!
Robert Stanek ain't no Scott Brick!
The narration is the worst I can possibly imagine!!! The story MAY be good, I can’t tell. I tried very hard to listen to it but the narrator just drones on and on in the most monotone voice I have ever heard. The farthest I made it was one hour and it doesn’t get better! The plot changes from one storyline to another and the narrator doesn’t even pause to take a breath so it is very hard to follow the plot. Because other reviewers said it was a good book I’ve decided to buy the paper version. Don’t waste your money on this version!!! (Unless you have trouble sleeping- in which case this is highly recommended!)