There are a few reviews that say the new narrator has ruined the audio book, well I disagree. He is different and some of the pronunciations are different, but he I found he took nothing away from the saga.
I took about three months off between books 3 and 4, I think that made it easier to take.
The series is good, not great. it's just too predictable to be great, but the imaginative epic captures you and makes you want more. However, I'm about half way through this fourth book of the series and I don't know if I can continue. David Colacci (the narrator) is Horrible - one of the worst I've heard, and I can't believe they let such a poor narrator take over for a series as popular as this.
I agree with David. After about 60 hours of listening to one narrator and to then have a new speaker come in with a whole new set of pronunciations is very bothersome. The new guy really should have listened to the first 3 Audible productions. I'll keep listening for a while to get past it and be back with a full review.
Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? I recently listened to "Augustus" while wandering through the Roman Forum. I'm on my third set of "Sleep-Phones". I've been addicted to audible since 2004... I think my friends are starting to suspect I have a problem ;)
I just DO NOT give "5's" Lightly!!!! Been with Audible OVER 10 Years, and have HUNDREDS upon HUNDREDS of Books in my Library as a Platinum Member (And DO NOT put a "Buy Extra Credits at this special Price" offer in front of me unless you mean it, because I'll Punch THAT ad button as many times as it's put in front of me!) Point being, My Wife and I Listen to books ALMOST CONSTANTLY! We KNOW what we like (and what we DON'T)...
Now, I know I won't get many "Helpful Votes" for this review, because for some reason it seems many people REALLY have strong feelings about the new Narrator... I don't like it when a new Narrator jumps into an established book (We're talking, what, investing OVER 150 Hours of your life to listen to this ENTIRE Series???)... HOWEVER, everyone seems to agree that THIS is the way to "Write a New Universe" and to tell the story of the MANY various people and cultures!!! The STORY is what is so great about this series!
I LIKE the "New" narrator (David Colacci) who took over narration when the author changed publishers! While I liked the original Narrator (George Guidall, Who does a FANTASTIC JOB in the first few books!), once I got used to Colacci doing the reading, I started REALLY liking his style, and the New accents he introduces! I find that it became MUCH easier to tell one Race (or even each "Person") apart from the others, just by the WAY each race (or person) speaks, with racial accents, the way one race adds different inflections to words, etc... It just seemed TO ME that it became easier to keep up with "who is who" without having to back up every 30 minutes because I'd missed a character change (or even a change is Races) and didn't realize it. This is the FIRST book I can think of off the top of my head where "Changing established narrators once the Series is pretty far along, actually ended up being a little BETTER overall"... Good enough that I started giving "5 stars for all three Categories ("Overall", "Performance", and "Story"), straight across the board"!
Anyway... I know others disagree, but give the new narrator a fair chance, and get on with listening to THE STORY! IT - IS - HUGE! It encompasses the entire "Spiral Arm" during a time of turmoil, and THIS series is "It's saga"!
Kevin J. Anderson's "Saga of the Seven Suns" is an ambitious series with a large but engaging cast of characters that keep you invested in the story. There probably aren’t any original SciFi ideas left these days, but Anderson does a good job keeping his universe unique while sticking to an accessible storyline and setting.
Like most reviewers, I enjoyed George Guidall's narration of the first three novels in the series, and naturally became used to his pronunciations, accents, and dramatization. But, as sometimes happens in these audiobook series, the narrator was changed to David Colacci beginning with Book 4, “Scattered Suns” (when the audiobook publisher changed from Recorded Books to Brilliance Audio). Colacci pronounces some character and planet names differently than his predecessor. He uses a standard American accent for the Hansa, a southern US accent for the Roamers, and a UK accent for the Ildirans.
Attention complainers: DIFFERENT isn't necessarily WRONG or BAD.
Yes, I get that it's jarring if you're used to one way, but giving the narration itself a bad review/rating because of aesthetic and relatively minor production choices is childish. We don't know what changes Colacci himself came up with, but the bottom line is that there are producers and production company execs who are making the real decisions and approving the work (not to mention the author's possible involvement). On its own merits, Colacci’s narration is lively and gets the job done, though maybe a little more stiffly than Guidall’s.did. It does not, however, negatively impact the novel, especially to the extreme of “1 star” or other ludicrous ratings given by some disgruntled listeners who rated the first three books much higher.
If the narrators were reversed, I think many of the naysayers would be complaining anyway, only this time that Guidall wasn't doing the British accent where required! And for all the nerds obsessed with Colacci’s “mispronunciation” of EA as “Eee-yuh” (as opposed to Guidall’s “Eee-ay”)… Guidall pronounced OX as “Ox” and not “Oh-ex” and no one seemed to have a problem with it. Surely you realize you’re just looking for things to complain about?
Kevin J. Anderson's saga continues in this terrific audio book.If you like characters that are strongly developed and a plot that has different story lines that intertwine in interesting ways, you will enjoy the entire Saga of the Seven Suns series. Listening to this while driving on vacation this summer, I found that the miles passed quite quickly and enjoyably. I highly recommend this book and the rest of the series! Thanks, Audible.
Well developed characters and story lines that intertwined in fascinating ways.
Please don't make a film of this series - - - I like the visual images I have formed in my mind.
I am normally not a SIFY fan but I got interested in this Saga after I listened to the 1st book which I go from the library. I was hooked on the story. It is a lot like the Dune Saga. The stories have a lot of twists and turns and there are a number of sub plots going on.
I look forward to reading the 5th installment. I am really engrossed in the characters and the various story lines.
Very good performance brings the characters to life for me.
I could have done that but I would rather have it strung out over a period of time
Once you get hooked on the story you can't walk away.
The Narrator. He was awful and made a five star book into a three star book by his performance alone.
No. It does not seem as though this narrator even bothered to read or listen to the previous books. He butchers the characters names (based on how the previous narrator pronounced them), reads the book like he obviously has NO connection to the story, and reads in a boring monotone. If you can't sleep, forget Ambien, listen to this guy and take care of that problem. The voice overs were OK, but did not make up for all of his mispronunciations. For example, the compies. It was clearly stated in the earlier books that their names were two letters (E.A., NOT E-ah, G.U., NOT Goo). Not to mention all of the other butchered names (Tassia is pronounced Tah-sia, NOT Tay-sia). I certainly hope they get rid of this guy in future volumes. If the story was not so epic and good, I would have bagged this book.
Yes. It inspired me to write this review because the narrator was SOOOO awful.
PLEASE BRING BACK THE FIRST NARRATOR.
The narrator in this book really kills the series. He did not take the time to listen to the previous books and thus; in my humble opinion, really messed up this one. It took me quite a bit of time to figure out who was talking because the pronunciation of names was changed so much from the first three books. I hope he learned a little something about doing research before just coming up with his own names. The previous books made it clear as to the correct pronunciation of names, but he fails to take it into consideration. Boo!
I love the story! Intrigued by the characters, but i feel bad for Anderson knowing that his work is not being appreciated to the full extent because of the switch in narrators. A narrator can either add or take away from the book. I believe that the previous narrator added a lot of depth, but this narrator takes some away. The previous narrator (he has to be in my top 3 favorite narrators) was very unique in his style, and he takes a little getting used to, because of that when the switch comes, it makes the difference even more apparent. The story is so compelling though, that I will continue to listen and do my best to swallow my complaints.