Honestly I wasn't even able to finish the book. I choose to sit in my quiet office and just do work over finishing this. It took one depressing turn after another. I know the point was to probably have the story reach a low point from which to build up from but it got to the point that even knowing that it was too painful to continue. There is much talk about the urgency of the situation and the need that each character feels to complete their different quest as quickly as possible, then each of the 3 main characters get pulled into side stories that are hard to imagine and you're left with the sense that the only point of it was to lengthen the story not improve the story telling or add too much to the plot. I'm led to believe that these characters are smart with common sense and experience in abundance but when a situation presents its self common sense is the first thing to go. At times one of the main characters will not do the obvious thing that would immediately make the situation better or solve it completely and again i'm left with the thought that this is just to draw out a scene or scenario.
From this series yes but not from the genre
No offense to the voice actor but his voice wasn't a good fit for this story. There was little effort to distinguish from different characters, let alone just male from female. The monotone presentation of most of the performance would leave me drifting off and missing complete sections or even minutes of the story.
I imagine it gets better as the books continue. the performance of the actor from the 1st book was good and I see that he comes back in others so there is hope there.
I feel like there are many similarities to the Wheel of Time series with these books, i'm not sure which one came first but i'm going to put my effort into finishing that series.
I saw the short lived show based on the first two books. I enjoyed the show and now find it very disappointing after listening to this and the previous book. I'm saddened by how much they butchered the story in the tv show. I only wish I could have listened to the books before seeing the show so I could have been surprised more by the book.
Secondly, I did not like the narrator. I much prefer the narrator from the previous book. Jim Bond sounded too much like a person that narrates movie trailers on tv or the radio.
Great story, really tough narration. I got used to the voice after awhile, however I spent the first 10 hours trying to figure out if a robot was reading it to me.
The cadence of the narrator
I liked the narrator's voice, but his cadence was often as predictable & mechanical as a metronome. I looked to the next book in the series to see if he was narrating, and I would have abandoned the book & series had he continued.
There is a follow up book
The time I spent listening to the book was ... okay. The story was great and interesting but it was fighting with the narration the entire time. I did not feel a desire to read the story coming from the narrator.
Jim Bond is a good narrator, but not the right person for this book. Looking at his portfolio here in Audible, it looks like this may have been one of the first books he has read in this gear (for audiobook purposes that is). I struggle to put all of the blame on him because it feels like director of the reading (or similar position in this franchise) did not do their part in making sure that the reading was something someone would want to listen to.
What is needed is to bring out the excitement present in the book, to play with the scenes, vary the volume and pace of the reading. As it is, everything sounds the same whether it is a discussion for the purposes of relaying information to the reader, a fight scene, location descriptions, or showing anyone's emotion.
I love this book. I read it when it first came out and remember it fondly. Now, many years later, when I don't have time for reading I wanted to get the audiobook to listen on the daily commute to work and back. I still love the book, but the narration leaves much to be desired.
am enjoying the series an the t.v. series did not do justice to the books the actors were perfect for the series. I think it would make a great series of movies. would give star ears a run for it's money
The story is amazing, but the narrator is the worst that I have ever heard...
I will never listen to another book narrated by Jim Bond. A computer program would grant more life to the story than Jim Bond ever could.