Dammed narrator ruined this book
20 odd hours of music pronunciation is enough
One word. Avoid. Read if possible.
When you come into the middle of a series as a narrator could you please check with previous narrations to make sure you get names correct. If you've listened to the first several books it can really take you out of the story when a new narrator pronounces all the main characters names wrong. Also when you get the names of places wrong it takes you a minute as a reader to place things. I love this series but this book with the narrator was very hard to get through.
I feel like I'm watching a first person view of a long game of CIV 5. if you like this kind of thjng, this is the kind of thing you'll like. The campaign's difficulty level continues to increase in entertaining and believable ways. Surprisingly, there's almost no moments of exasperation at events or character choices that can be explained by "needs of the plot".
However, the narrator and Grammer need discussion. many reviews are revolting at the THIRD new voice actor; griping about "saying it wrong" and such. Yes, I would prefer the same voice throughout. Yes, the wildly different name pronunciations are jarring. Take it up with the publisher and recording studio. That's not the narrator's fault. The overly dramatic and breatheless over acting of the first few chapters did almost make me put this down. However, it evens out and is fine for most of the book and not a deal breaker.
Finally, I'm getting tired of feeling like the book is written by three or four different people. the technical details are spot on, the battles are riveting, and the characters develop naturally. However, they just don't feel like they're coming from the same person. And the conjugation and word choice get infuriatingly clumsy at times.
Still, glad to make it this far.
Wow. By chapter two this narrator had already ruined this story with overly dramatic, half whispered, sermon-esque delivery. I love the story, even the slow bits, and the narrator on the previous book was ok by me (except for his 's' whistles), but this is awful. I'm too afraid to miss something crucialthough to skip it. I hope the can get Jason Culp back.
Well, I guess this is a great way to get people back into reading the real thing. I mean, Weber is long winded. But I also loved the Wheel of Time so it's kinda in my wheelhouse.
But they went too far in the opposite direction. The last guy put absolutely zero emotion into the narration. This guy? Wow.
Every. Single. Word. Is. EMOTION. Seriously, it's exhausting. Now I've blown two credits on books I can't listen to because of terrible narration.
The narrator was quite good, considering all the characters voiced most were unique and quite expressive, unfortunately when acting out character shouts the voices were very similar but I imagine creating the intention of shouting while maintaining a reading level of volume is difficult. Still, the intent was obvious and barring the similarity of shouts they were well performed.
this is a great story, all the books in this series are great and so far they've gotten good people to read for them. but it seems a little excessive when the reader reads the whole book as if the very next word will bring the entire universe crashing down about the listeners ears. I enjoy suspense but 53 chapters of suspense with only 5 or 6 instances of truly suspenseful action is a little much.
I really enjoy this series. This particular book and frankly the whole series would be much more enjoyable if they were all read by the same actor. This book is very jarring to get into because of how different the pronunciations are compared to the other actors.
Overall I really enjoy the story, I just wish the listening experience was more consistent.
The story is good, but its not told in the same way ås previous books. This made it å bit hard to follow at times. The narrator had some other titles I have heard and they were bettter suited to his style.
love the story, but was really disappointed with the voice acting, seems to me like the actor/narrator didn't do much of research before he butchered the character names and locations. wish Oliver Wyman would do the performance for this entire series.