there were a lot of hangups where the narrator had to restart a sentence not what I would have expected. he often missed the flow of the sentence missed fullstops and so on I thought all those books here are narrated by professionals?
Be prepared for the narrator to do his best to ruin this book - seriously, short of making stuff up, there isn't much else that could have been done to make the listening experience worse. If you can look past that, and that is a big if, the book is of the usual quality you'd expect of the series and thoroughly enjoyable.
Not if narrated by Martin Gollery
Different narrator and ensure no glitches such as stop and start sentences and intermittent noise in headphones.
no one. This is the middle of a series. You are better off reading this book then listening to this horrible reader.
Anyone else in the world reading it
I would fire the reader and hire another
Stay away from this reader. How he got paid to read at least 19 books astounds me.
The Area 51 story is great BUT Martin Gollery should consider another job. His voice is robotic, mono tonal and by the end of this story I wanted to cut my wrists. Possible the worst narration i have ever heard. The Grail story which I think is one of the best so far is completely ruined. WHY DID THEY ALLOW THIS GREAT STORY to be published so badly.
ANY ONE, even my 8 year old daughter could have done a better job.
The story as a whole is great, don't cut anything
If you have been following the series you must buy this and put up with the bad narration as it adds allot to the story. I am surprised that a publishing company would allow such bad quality narration to be put on the market considering the good quality of previous books in the series.
I am an avid reader and love audio books. I do not watch TV. I also love to do puzzles. Combine the two and I am in Heaven!!! Peace out!
I have listened to all 5 of the Area 51 books before this one and enjoyed them all. And I plan on listening to the rest of the series. As for Martin Gollery I hope I never have to listen to another book narrated by him.
The way the author blends history with fiction,
His voice was a monotone. It did not change from character to character, You could not even tell if it was a woman or man, And no matter if it was an action or calm section his voice remained in that same dull tone. I have listened to a lot of audiobooks and this was by far the worst narrator I have ever heard. Anybody who is considering using him on one of their books should just listen to the first chapter of this book (getting past that will be enough torture) before making their decision. If I had not listened to the first four books I would not have finished this book. But wanting to hear more of the story I struggled through this terrible narrator.
Yes, yes, yes! I need to know what happens next. And after putting up with this narrator I am hoping the next book will be read by anybody but him.
Ban Martin Gollery from ever narrating another book.
Not the book, but the narrator, Martin Gollery and it really needs to be edited. Yikes! Just as I was typing this, Mr. Gollery had to start yet another sentence over again. Over again.
Also as others have noted, his pronunciation of Prof. Nabinger's name was just awful.
I actually liked the way Bob Mayer introduced King Arthur, Excalibur and the Grail into this series. Who hasn't thought about where the Grail is (is there a Grail?)
He sounded like the mechanical audio voice on my first Kindle. In fact, that was what I originally thought I was listening to. Holy robotics, Batman!! Almost no change in voice pitch to indicate emotion or that there was a change in character, especially with the men.
No accents to indicate that these people were from all over the world.
It has a follow up: Excalibur. I'm looking forward to it.
I usually read the comments from other listeners and then make up my mind about buying. This time, because I was really enjoying the series and because the book had a reduced price, I ignored the reviews. If I had seen the comments for this particular story and listened to the sample, I wouldn't have bothered getting it, despite the fact that it was only $2.99.
no way on earth, that was painful
great book ruined by the worst performance I have encountered on audible
Bob Mayer yes! Martin Gollery never!
Not as long as it is read by Martin Gollery!
He starts reading, messes up, then stops and begins again! None of that is edited out? His pronuciation is horrible. No continuity with previous pronuciations of narrators in this same series. I found that very irritating. His reading is monotone without an inflection.
Audible should be ashamed to put their name on this production! Hard to believe the Author would approve this performance of his work. To say this narrator disappoints would not do justice to the effort it took to get through this work. If I had this in hard copy or on kindle, I would have shut it off and read it myself in a heartbeat! Audible would never sell me another title if this was my first experience.
I'd recommend reading the book but not listening to it. I thought the other reviews of bad the narration ware exaggerated but they were dead on. A computer would be a better performer. Also, try editing out the rereads. Very distracting to the story.