Tell us about yourself!
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.
I'm not a fan of Mr. Colacci's reading style. With no disrespect to this hard working narrator personally, I simply find that his reading carries the tone of someone reading to a child. I try to avoid picking books he's read when I'm shopping on Amazon.
The rest of the book was in line with the rest of the series. It's a good, interesting, story with a lot going on and tremendous creativity. Anderson's world building is thorough and detailed, and doesn't lean too heavily on old ideas. On the other hand, it's a bit late in the series to be dropping in entirely new types of players to the plot. There's a hint of deus ex machina at play when that happens.
Overall, I think four stars is about right.
Say something about yourself!
This great story is unfortunately really spoiled by the new narrator, David Colacci. I'm actually considering skipping the rest of the audiobooks and sticking to the kindle version. How a narrator can so completely ignore the previous narrator in the series, and totally mangle the pronunciation of the characters names is beyond my understanding. How a publisher could accept this travesty is even more unbelievable. The people behind this production should really be ashamed of themselves.
If you go into this series thinking of it as a space SOAP OPERA it is well worth your time. Just imagine ominous stings playing anytime a character makes a stupid decision and you'll be laughing. You will be doing that VERY often so get used to it.
No I have embraced the writers plan of keeping people reading by frustrating them to a point beyond reason. You keep reading just to figure out if the stupidity that gets them out of a given situation is worse than the stupidity that got them into it in the first place.
I actually just liked the different filters they used on his voice to make it sound like a robot or as if it was coming in over a communications system.
The cheese must go on.
Why are people complaining about the narrator when there are sooo many other things that don't make sense. The only government that makes sense are the Roamers and that just barely. The military aspect is laughable as they seem to have no discipline and everyone just says anything that comes into their mind over open channels during operations. The Illdirans have a Navy that has never fought anyone, never REMEMBERED an enemy, yet they claim they are the best? Sisters selling out other sisters to be a puppet queen yet..dun dun DUUUUN she still loves her sister. Come on, this stuff is cheesy and no narrator could make it otherwise, but it IS entertaining once you get past the frustration level.
I don't read; I only listen to books...
The performance, on its own is fine, but this is a series of books. And if you are going to change narrators in the middle of the series, can the Producers at least make certain the Pronunciation of nouns remains consistent. I'm angry every time the narrator says "e-ah" instead of E A (which shows he didn't read or listen to the first 3 books; the name is from the shortening of the serial number); and so he's saying "u-er" instead of simply U R (as in you-are). And the proper names of characters we are attached to in books 1 through 3 are now being butchered with long vowels or short vowels, opposite what we are used to with the first Narrator. I don't blame the narrator (much) though he should have listened to the first book to understand the story and hear the pronunciation; I'm certain he knew he was stepping in... the Producer, however, should have know better. They would have stepped in and corrected the reader. Especially with the "TAZe-E-Ah" instead of "Tahse-E-Ah"
Great Story; but the reader is making me angry with my perceived mis-pronunciation of everyone's names... I keep wanting to correct him.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
The first few hours of the story needed a little getting used to, to get over the fact that the Ildirans have become British and the Roamers have become Texans.
However, I do think the new background static delivery for radio transmissions and robotic characters is an improvement.
As for the story itself, it gets to the point where I wonder why some key characters seem to lack the backbone to get rid of despicable characters who need to be put down hard. I am sure that's going to happen before the series ends, but some actions taken by the more villainous characters are crossing the line between being evil and being disgustingly evil.
Even with that, there are a few "Heck Yes" moments scattered (see what I did there?) across the book. It doesn't live up to the quality of its predecessor, but it's still decent.
Am now two-thirds of the way through Book 4. All the good guys keep getting pummeled. My frustration is about to get the better of me and I may leave the series after 75 hours of feeling like the crap is being kicked out of me/the protagonists. Keep hoping for goodness to prevail and craving that rush of dopamine when the bad guys start getting their comeuppance. Regarding the new narrator: Colacci just takes getting used to. I agree with Thomas who says “if Colacci had narrated the first three, I would have loved them just the same,” although I still can’t help wincing when he says “ee-ah” and “ur” and uses a Texas accent for Kotto Okian. However, his use of British accents for the Ildirans and the gutteral “ch” for pronouncement of Ildiran names is clever. Still anxious for this volume to be over. May continue to Book 5 only if curiosity prevails over my mid-series tedium.
The narrator can make or break the story. It's a shame that you can take a really good writer and change to a poor one.