It's funny... I logged in here JUST to leave this review, and the first other review I see notes the terrible pronunciation just as I am about to. This guy mispronounced even basic words, let alone names and titles from the story! There were a number of times where a name was said several times and I had to stop and take a minute to determine who he was talking about! Pla-TEEM for Platime... Hi-ree-o-cray-see for Hierocracy... Sti-RYE-cum for Stiricum. It's so horrible distracting that even as I write this I'm tempted to stop even listening to it. I doubt I can make it through 3 books despite how much I like the story. I've read the books several times through and loved them, but I don't think I can make it through this narration.... Ugh...
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
Story: If you liked the first trilogy you'll probably like this one.
The narration started off weak, with a halting sort of cadence, but got better once the story started rolling. The voice characterization is fine. (Well, except for Ulath, who's a shadow of his former self...)
The changed pronunciation of some names was a bit off-putting at first, but not really that bad. I do wish the producers would pay more attention to consistency, but I'm over it.
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 use of deus ex machina was pretty frequent, hard to avoid when your main characters are paling around with gods, but still annoying. Story was uninspired, and the prose was bland to say the least. The characters seemed to build a fortress to combat every encounter, could use a little variety there... just boring, I only finished it because I had nothing else to listen to.
Oh, and the characters are all idiots, even the 'super smart' types, which suggests something either about the author or how he perceives his audience.
Kevin Pariseau was dissapointing as a narrator. I don't know what he was trying to achieve, but the way he read the book was very dissapointing. HE DID NOT DO HIS HOMEWORK!!! The first three books were absolutley wonderful to listen to and I fould myself in Sparhawk and Elena world. I even could picture who Talon, and everybody looked like. This second series was horrible. The places and names were not pronounced right. It was like listening to a foreinger butcher your native toungue!! Instead of listening to the story, the reader spends the whole time listening to him mess up the whole book. Very dissapointing indeed!!
The story was fabulous, I have read all the books time and time again. But the audio was dissapointing.
It brought to life an old favorite with a new voice.
I had forgotten the meeting between Mostel and Emban. I really enjoyed their back and forth.
I would ask him not to make Zalasta sound like the Lucky Charms Leprechaun. The Styrics were always compared to Jewish people in reviews I read. Why not have a yiddish accent? It worked for Billy Crystal as Miracle Max.
I just smiled a lot. Eddings has a lot of "in" humor. Anyone who has read his work will hear a lot of old jokes. Be Nice.
I'm a twenty-something lit nerd who enjoys Romance, Fantasy and YA Fiction. I like strong female heroes and entertaining readers.
Alright, so I really, really loved the trilogy that precedes the Tamuli. I got this book knowing that they had changed narrators and figured that I'd still give it a chance. It was so hard to get into this book. It's NOT that the narrator is different, it's that he pronounces everything so differently than his predecessor. The editors for this series should have listened to the first books and made sure the reader kept those pronunciations the same. Technically, Kevin's version isn't 'wrong'. After all, when we read fantasy books, we all pronounce things differently, however when you are creating an audio series there needs to be continuity so that you're not thrown from the story aspect due to a reader changing up key character names.
As stories go, this one is very different from the Elenium. Sparkhawk is older and married with a daughter. His wife has moved from the glass encased maiden to the strong willed monarch that she is. Yet there are still issues afoot in another continent and once again Sparhawk is forced to go save the world. If you want to continue the story past the Elenium, just go get the books. The jarring difference in readers really affects the way the story is heard.