I read this when it first came out and wish I had stopped at that. The writing style is agonizing to listen too. The story and concept is excellent but the writing style drags on and on. I've never read a romance novel but I expect it would sound like many parts of this book. I read the whole series and unfortunately each one gets to be more and more like a romance novel. Reading this series was somewhat tolerable as you can just skip over pages and pages of the descriptive text and not miss a thing. Something not possible when listening while driving to work. It's really ashame because there was so much potential here.
It's a fun book, excellent descriptions. But the inflection of the narration makes it obvious that the reader did not glance at the text before opening her mouth (there are many references to the apparently self-willed flying belts). Even more annoying, she does not know how to pronounce any even slightly unusual or long word. Should this not be the kind of thing an editor corrects? All-in-all, the narration is very annoying!
This audio book was amazing. The author uses lyrical descriptions to bring the land alive, and the narrator's warm voice adds life to the pages. Other reviewers have complained about mispronunciations but they didn't trouble me, and may have been done by direction of the author. Not a big deal at all and they do not detract from the beauty of the narration. Parts of this story (particularly the faery lore) remind me a bit of Tolkien. If you're tired of reading about sword-fodder and are looking for something a bit magical, I highly recommend this!
This book was alot of fun and really took me away to a very exciting adventure. The first two chapters however almost lost me it was slow but I held in there. The narrator was fantastic I am going to search for more of her reads. Now on to book 2 of the Bitterbynde series.