After reading other reviews which criticized the narrator I thought that he couldn't be that bad. In reality, he was worse! It's almost like he had it in for the author and made a complete mockery of the book given the manner he narrated Prism Gavin G! The voice he used (a cross between Beevis and Butthead and a Californian surfer dude made it almost impossible to take the character seriously!
The Narrator is sounds like Napoleon Dynamite when reading women voices and a stereotypical surfer when reading male characters.
The story was.. interesting if not somewhat pubescent. It feels more like a college student writing a story stereotypical to how stories should be written rather than something organic and natural, flowing. But the issue for me was the narrator. Multiple times throughout the book I caught myself re-narrating the dialogue out loud with actual emotion, after hearing what can be imagined as someone who was struggling to read the actual words and pronounce them right rather than put any emotion or emphasis into the story. For example, toward the beginning of the book, there's a portion about the main character who had just been a part of a traumatic experience, and the delivery of the line "what are we gonna do now kip? I don't know. walk downstream i guess and try to find some shelter" sounded like two friends out for a Sunday stroll rather than a life changing aftermath, and that style continued, flat, throughout the whole story. I may be spoiled with the Michael Kramer and Michael Pages' of the world, but I felt like I would have a shot at voice acting if this is the standard set. Akin to The Name Of the Wind by P Rothfuss and Warbreaker from B Sanderson, the voice acting was just not for me. I didn't intend for this review to sound so harsh and I appreciate the actors work as a whole, I get the sense that his being directed while narrating was more askew than his ability.
Love this whole series although the narrator literally butchers this one. If you haven't gotten it, get it and muscle through the narrator and enjoy the story.
Good series. I definitely recommend this book and the series. Clever humor, and intriguing plot lines.
Regarding the narration... When Gavin Guile is talking, try not to think of Crush from "Finding Nemo". Not sure why the narrator went with a surfer for the Prism, but he did
Great story, but like so many other reviewers the reader giving the Prism a surfer's voice was annoying. The story more than made up for this and I would still recommend.
Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work
The story is a pretty well written fantasy novel. it is light in some areas like how the drafting in this book works. But it has a pretty good ending.
The performance could be better. The reader kept trying to mimic voices and it was at the limits of his vocal range. He would have been better with a simpler approach.