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.
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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.
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.
Listen to the 3 previous books performed by George Guidall, note how names and objects are pronounced, then re-record. Other than that great job, but the departure on how things are pronounced is overly distracting after hearing the first 3.
He pronounced things vastly differently from the previous narrator, even though the books tell you how to pronounce things. Such as the friendly Compies, they are pronounced as TWO LETTERS, so UR is You Are. Not URRRRR.
I really enjoyed the first three books of this series. However, in Scattered Suns, many of the key character actions suddenly become illogical and against established norms. The only reason appears to be continuing the complicated plot, as logical, in-character actions would cut out much of the conflict. Some of the chapters are drawn out for no apparant reason, while others skim over important events in almost a summary. If I read any more of the series, I will probably jump to the last book. The narrator does a good job, though the change from the original narrator was a bit jarrnig at first. There was no attempt to match any of the previous narrator's pronunciations or characterizations, and rather curiously, this younger narrator makes the characters sound older than they did with the orignal narrator.
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.
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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.