Okay, the reading Charles Keating gave for "How Firm a Foundation" was disappointing, compared to the previous efforts by Oliver Wyman and Jason Culp, but at least he got the main character's name and the Empire of Charis' name right. Kevin T. Collins pronounces Charis with the ch from cheese rather the hard c adopted by ALL the other readers. Every other reader makes Athrawes a three syllable name, but not KTC. But where every other reader gave Nimue only two, there's where he chose to add the syllable stolen from Athrawes. Heck, he even changes the pronunciation of PICA. It really keeps me from enjoying an audiobook when I am constantly cringing in my mind every time the reader mispronounces the names of main characters and places.
have toughly enjoyed this series, up until the last two books. The story line is fine, but where do they find these narrators? The last one was tolerable, but this one makes me want to beat my head against the table.... They need to stop changing them out!
Narrator that listens to previous narrative of series. ..or at least recognizes continuity of people. Place. .things. .not read so breathy...and yeah...A story that doesn't fall off a cliff
Agreed with others about padding content..
I've listened to this book (and the whole series) a few times now, and every time I come back to this book I'm struck by the same thought. This narrator is horrible. Seriously, if they had one of the other two narrators re-do this, I'd buy the book again immediately. Heck, I'd pay triple the price for it.
I recommend this series to anyone who likes science fiction; however, I recommend that people just buy a print copy of anything narrated by Kevin Collins instead of suffering the travesty of his inability to portray even a single sentence in a reasonable tone.
Don't get me wrong, Kevin has a good voice and good energy. He could easily be a great narrator; however, he speaks every sentence in a hoarse, emotional, breathless rush as if it were the most important sentence ever written in the history of the universe. Now don't get me wrong...that'd be a great way to convey the proper tone during climactic events. But Kevin doesn't do that.....he uses that same 'this is the most climactic event in the book' tone when describing someone walking across a room.
I hate being so negative in this review, because this IS a really good book...but the narration so corrupts the book that it makes me almost unable to get through it. Honestly, had Kevin Collins narrated any of the first three books in the series I'd have cut my losses and stopped there.
It's narrators like this that make me wish Audible had a petition for getting a book re-narrated.
This guy absolutely ruined the whole book - his breathy, hyper narration style clashes horribly with David Weber's series. He hasn't even had the basic common sense to check on previous pronunciations of names, places etc. in the other FIVE books, and his clashing mispronunciations had me ready to quit on a book by one of my favourite authors - no easy achievement! I will certainly NEVER buy any book which has him as a narrator. If you haven't already bought this as an audiobook, don't bother - keep up with the series by getting the kindle version!
Anybody else narrating would have been better!
Of all the audiobooks I've listened to, this one is the worst I've bought. The story is great and a good continuation of the previous line. The problem is the narrator. He was terrible for something like this. He'd probably be useful for some pulp romance, but his overacting and constant breathlessness makes listening to this one impossible.
Overacting, constantly sounding out of breath, and an inability to make someone who's listened to the whole series believe he's read any of the series at all.
I know it's not the most recent book in this series, but I can't help but beg the publisher to re-record this audiobook with another narrator.
The narrator mispronounces almost every proper noun, or maybe I should say his pronunciation differs on most of the proper nouns from the previous 5 books. Would it have killed him to listen to a few minutes of a prior book before reading this one to keep things consistent. We all correct people when we hear them mispronounce words and I am constantly correcting the narrator in my head while listening to this book.
Retired math & CS majors that grew up on SF of 50s-70s, and now is a devotes of Clancy, Ludlum, Greaney Child, Connerly, DeMille ,& Baldacc
After enjoying all of the previous books in the Series, this Narrator's continuous over-emotional interrupptation caused me to "bail" afterr two chapters.
My favorite Narrators are Dick Hill and Scott Brick.
Unable to determin.
I wouldn't recommend this particular audiobook unless the person had not listened to the previous books in the series. The difference between the narrators was really noticeable in this book. I ended up reading this book instead of listening.
How the various story lines worked together.
Everything; I don't think he listened to the previous narrators to gain an understanding of how they pronounced names to keep the series as cohesive as possible so that the change in narrators was not so jarring.
I hope audible never uses Mr. Collins for a book I want to listen to again. His Narration was almost painful to listen to at times. Poor pronunciation, poor cadence, lack of ability to match his dynamics to the mood of the story at the time.
I found this series in April and have been working my way through them rather quickly since I just finished 6 in the middle of June. The story is compelling and the premise is wonderful. But Mr. Weber is becoming bogged down in his writing with too many arcs and too little progress.
I have just downloaded book 7 and I'll hang in there for another book or too but I think Mr. Weber would do us all a favor if he set a deadline (2 books more, 3 books more and committed to closing out the story). I quit Jordan because he couldn't progress the story anymore. I remember 1 book covering a day or 2.
There are some conclusions that I (and I'm sure many others would like to see). We all want to see Clyntahn get everything he so richly deserves along with many other inquisitors. I'm sure I'm not alone in wanting to find out what is under the temple and what the return of the Archangels really means.
Back the Narrator - I would be ever so grateful if they would bring back Oliver Wyman but I have to say that Charles Keating was my favorite. I could listen to his narration all day long and not tire (And I did - because I listened to How Firm a Foundation while on an all day car ride).
I still recommend the story but it needs to move a little faster.