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I have not read the print version.
Getting used to the new performer's pronunciations of the main characters names.King Peter makes an announcement to control birth rates - the people are in an uproar - then everyone forgets about the fact when the queen gets pregnant... and CHEER!! I would RIOT!
Great performance in and of itself. HOWEVER... As producers, when you change performers in the 4th book of a large series, you have to get the new actor to at least listen to some samples of prior completed work. This would ease some of the pain for us listeners while getting used to the new voice.It would be nice if there was some consistency in pronunciation of the main characters names. This was my biggest problem with this audio book. For example(S):E.A. became EEAHH, Jorah became JOR-RACHHUH, Osirah became OHsirRACHUH, FIRE-OHS became FIRE-EES, Tahzia became TAAESIAAH, E.R. became ERR, and many other names that were almost unrecognizable from the first 3 books. Characters developed somewhat inconsistent english accents, southern tang accents, vocal effects are now used for all robot voices. Most of this I still found distracting by the end of the book. It was like watching the TV show friends - written by the same people, same props, same stories, but the main characters were replaced by totally different actors. Ross was now ROSS-AH, Chandler was now CHONDELAR ETC...
Mr. Chairman - please open your eyes - THE ROBOTS ARE BAD!!!!
FIRST - I felt the author was reaching a bit to keep the story interesting while maintaining too many of the same characters. This is an epic book I have invested many hours in this book and feel it is a worthy read. Early on several key characters were killed. AWESOME AND SHOCKING! This is the ‘real’ world– The universe does not stop for anyone and good guys don’t always win…. WHAT? REINCARNATIONS? DOOMED hero meets nearly impossible lucky break, meets unbeatable odds, faces doom again, meets lucky and completely implausible lucky break 2….. NO ONE IS THAT LUCKY- COMEN ON! YOU WERE DEAD!!! – SECOND - The author goes into painstaking detail on many things but near the end of the book when our little robot friend finds a certain Doctor it is glossed over. What the heck was that? You spent more time repeating the configuration of the portal and symbols. It was almost as if the author’s woke up one morning and realized the book was due tomorrow… . OK - He goes through the gate "finally finds someone to help him and is reunited with the doctor" DONE. Despite all of my compaints - this is a good book and worthy read. It is also a big read and requires your full attention.
I have listened to the previous 3 books in the series and look forward the remaining 3. I was a little disappointed that the narrator was different for this book. His pronunciation of some of the names is so different from the first 3 books, that I thought that new characters had been introduced. I will continue the series because I am so far into it. I will however in future purchases verify that the series narrator stays the same. In spite of the change in narrator, this book is still worth the listen.
I have the same qualms as everyone else about the narration. Who hired this guy? And who thought the stereotypical accents were a good idea? By far Relinda Kett's Brooklyn accent is the most ridiculous.
All that said, in for a penny, in for a pound. I'll finish listening to the series because I'm really enjoying the story and want to follow it to its completion. But, in the future, I will stay clear of this atrocious narrator.
The story gets 4 stars, but the narration kills it.
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Lazy Narrator ,If the new Narrator could have troubled him self to listen to a bit of the recorded books version it would have been `possible to take the southern accents from every one. but if he had done any research about the book he would have realized E A were letters like D D. the sad part is that i got the whole series and may dump it, yes it is that bad. maybe if I start from book 4 next year, That is my recommendation to other readers take 6 months to a year off between book 3 and 4.
The Saga of Seven Suns is an incredible epic SF story, and I plan to continue to the PRINT version of the remaining books. I have no grips with the story line, only the new narrator who turned book 4 into a hillbilly western. Changing narrators is seldom a good thing and in this case an absolute disaster. I just wish I'd known about this before starting with book one.
Realizing the narrator was mispronouncing so many character names and that they were not new to the story line.
Anyone who'd listened to the first 3 books could have done a better job.Seriously, what was the man thinking?
I know, I know, there are a lot of reviews talking about the narrator, but he's just making me crazy. I love the series so far, but the narrator change has been very painful. I dislike his use of accents and poor pronunciation of compy names. That said, I'm still glad I have more of the series to look forward to. Apparently Kevin J. Anderson explains the change of narrator somewhere, and maybe if I can find that it will make it easier to listen to the rest of the books.
I love most books that transport me to another time and place & books that uplift my spirit.
It is slightly above mediocre only because I dislike it when a new narrator takes over and botches most of the names. This is still one of my biggest pet peaves about a series. If a narrator changes, why wouldn't they listen to the previous books to understand how the other narrator used names.
Other than that, he does a good job. Love the story still.
I'm still halfway through. The storyline is fantastic. I enjoy each book and can't wait for the next one.
Yes but only if he does the "entire" series.
I am a student currently near Dallas, TX, studying for Physics. I thoroughly enjoy a good sci-fi listen, as well as any scientific material here on Audible. Let the listening... BEGIN!
David Colacci is probably the only reason I didn't give five stars in the performance ratings. He is not necessarily a bad narrator, but following from the previous narrator for the previous three installments of the saga was a bit rough for me. He pronounced character names and words a bit differently, but overall it was not a bad listen.
In regards to the story, Kevin J Anderson does not disappoint. He makes it a habit not to focus on the interest or the complexity of this future-day technology, but rather focuses on the character development and the story in great detail. This story feels like it is told from the inside out, rather than a distant observer recounting events.
I would certainly recommend this specific audiobook, but I would urge you to start from the beginning, or you will miss quite a bit.
Absolutely horrendous narrative by David Colacci !! Brilliance ??? Really ???!!! Do your homework next time guys and deliver a narrator who actually stays true to the work. Especially one who's way was paved by one as masterful as George Guidall!! I absolutely will not partake of any further titles in this series audibly!!