I realize readers sometimes change, between or in a series. However, this reader pronounces everything very different than than in the initial trilogy "The Elenium". This really distracts from the story. Frankly the reader ruined this series for me.
The Sapphire Rose
Very much disliked his pronunciation on most names and locations. It appeared he purposely tried to pronounce everything differently that the reader in the Elenium. It just did not work
I enjoyed the story and the scenes. Not sure I would change anything.
The Elenium trilogy was one of the first fictional series I read in my youth, and I loved it. When I discovered the Tamuli series, I was delighted to read more about the adventures of Sparhawk and his friends. David Eddings' series has been a favorite to me for many years and so I looked forward to the audible edition when I found it recently. I was sorely disappointed, however, upon listening to it. I can ignore some strange pronunciations for the names of people and places... caramel, potato, tomato, etc., there are many common words with varied pronunciations, so its to be expected that there would be disagreements on how to read more exotic names. Hearing Tynian with a raspy, old man voice, Ulath with a light hearted, cheerful voice (even on "growled" comments), Zalasta with an Irish accent... the list goes on, but hearing these characters voiced in a way so inconsistent with the image created by the author, I simply could not enjoy this performance at all. Its no less a tragedy than the end of a Shakespearean play.
The narrator is horrible in every way. Mispronunciation, inflection, voices are all awful. He makes you hate characters who you loved in the first trilogy. Simply awful
Any Eddings title
New narrator. This gentleman is hopelessly bad
Story is good but no story could overcome this narration
I really struggled with the narration of the Tamuli. The narrator did a great job with one or two characters (the once with aristocratic speech patterns) and made me wince at many of the others characters. The absolute worst for me was Flute/Aphrael/Danae because it always sounded like the little girl was amused by everything in a really off putting way that made those characters very unlovable, which is the opposite of the intended response to them. I was also frustrated that there was no continuity from the Elenium to the Tamuli. I've read other series where a narrator changed at the end of the series to someone else and not found the transition very difficult but this one was really rough. I really enjoy the series in terms of the story and the characters (I read the series in print several times before) but the story and characters struggled to make it past the narration.
I loved the story, I read all of David Eddings books once every year. I can't let them go. He's by far my favorite author and I'm happy that audible has him and his wife on here. However the narrator is probably the worst I've ever heard.. you'd think that audible would check to make sure that the narrators have at least a little bit of talent or that the pronunciation between the two connecting trilogies is consistent at a bare minimum.
The Sapphire Rose. It's the opening book to the trilogy before this.
He had no narrating talent. His ability to differentiate between character voices was non existent. And he makes everyone in the book sound like a pompous ass.
Of course I would. But that's not because the narrator did a good job, because he didn't, it's because it's a splendid story. If this narrator was involved at all I'd skip the movie.
Please consider getting a new narrator for this trilogy. And get feedback from your customers or at least people who enjoy and/or read the books that you are paying narrators to narrate. People will be more than happy to give feedback than listen to a narrator who likes to narrate because he likes the sound of his own voice, not because he has talent, because Kevin Pariseau doesn't.
The story itself is an excellent example of the epic fantasy genre from an excellent writer. If you like any of Eddings' other fantasy work, or epic fantasy in general, you're bound to like Domes of Fire and the rest of the Tamuli.
Unlike the story itself, this reading is pretty dismal. I could quite easily listen to a non-fiction audiobook by the same narrator but his work with this volume is less than satisfactory. He departs from the pronunciation already established in the previous audiobooks, but this is just a little niggle. Much more damaging is his treatment of dialogue, which renders many conversations difficult to follow (the conversation in chapter two when Ulath and Stragen arrive in Cimmura is a good example). He gives us precious little to distinguish between the voices of the characters and the few voices he does use seem utterly incongruous with the characters as Eddings described them and as established in previous audiobooks. This is rather a disappointing treatment of an otherwise engaging story and I now rather regret downloading all three books of the Tamuli.
Again, I wait for every opportunity to listen to the next piece of the story, waiting between each time with wonder and frustrated when I have the chance and am interrupted...I miss all of the characters when I'm not reading. So good to join them in each adventure!
I am extremely disappointed in the narrator. This was the first book in the second series about Sparhawk and Ellenia. The first series had a different narrator. When I first started this book, I had an extremely difficult time trying to understand whom the story was talking about. This narrator either deliberately changed the pronouciation of 98% of the names in the book or he did not bother to listen to the narrator of the first series to see how the first narrator pronounced the names and words so there would be continuity in the series. I have finally given up listening to the book on the fourth chapter. I will have to read these books instead.
This change in the reader has ruined the book for me. He pronounced 90% of the names way to differently and his voice for sparhawk is almost feminine I can't even finish the audio book.