Love the Sigma Force Books, however this story seemed really farfetched and the poor narration was not on the par with the story. Will read more Rollins - won't listen to Baskous again.
Peter Fernandez or Scott Brick
When a new book in a series I like is released, I go back and listen to the most recent one to "gear up" for the new one. This narrarator was not able to keep me focused on the story,and I found my attention wandering. Disappointing!
The narration was very poor. It really made the story hard to follow and stay tuned in. I really could not get past the narrator accents.
The story may have been good, just not sure.
The storyline is compelling but the performer takes away a great deal from the overall experience. His accents are horrible, can't tell the difference from an Italian to a Korean to a VietNamese accent. Also, the reader's New England native accent makes things a little comical in points. Plus, the awkward pauses remove a great deal from the flow and sounds like someone trying to add drama while at the same time he reads some sentences very quickly when they shouldn't be. Overall, I found myself straining to get through the book when normally I'll miss sleep to finish a Sigma Force novel. Also, there isn't a truly menacing villain that lends to anything resembling tension. But hey, a good Sigma Force novel is still worth every penny.
Nope. Missing that really villainous villain, instead we got more Snidley Whiplash.
Anyone, even my 3 year old niece.
Just didn't seem to go with the other Sigma books.
Narration!! Took a lot away from the story.
I am a HUGE James Rollins fan. I own all of his books in Hardback and Audio. But I have to say that the reader of this book was not good. I am sure he is a nice person but when you cannot distinguish between an Italian accent and a Vietnamese accent then this is not a good thing. Hire Scott Brick the next time.
Did the narration match the pace of the Story? Hmm... When you've listen to previous 8 books, and have developed a minds eye for the characters. So when you change the narration of the book to a different person, it throws the whole book off. I tried to describe this to my wife... Its like taking a favorite television show, and changing the actors completely, and going on like nothing has happened...I got through the book, but it wasn't the enjoyable experience that I was hoping for...
I do realize that there are circumstances to these things, and that sometimes changes have to be made... But I hope that the people who make up these decisions, realize how it will impact the book, and possibly the sales...
...to the end of this book. I have over 500 books in my Audible Library, never have i had a Narrator that was this bad.
I have to agree with the other reviewers: Audiobook publishers should not change narrators in the middle of a series ... unless, of course, they switch to a 𝘣𝑒𝘵𝘵𝑒𝘳 narrator -- which they didn't, in this case -- or the original actor becomes unavailable. Peter Jay Fernandez -- the original narrator of Rollins' Sigma Force Series -- did a good job narrating the previous episodes, so why did the publisher switch to a less accomplished actor? Did Fernandez get too expensive? Too busy? Did he get sick? I know that he didn't die, at least as of this writing .... As previous reviewers have pointed out, Christian Baskous -- the actor chosen to narrate "The Eye of God" -- does not have Fernandez' acting chops, semi-spoiling this audiobook. I still recommend this audiobook to inveterate Rollins fans -- like me -- but prepare yourselves for awkward, amateurish, distracting narration. In Baskous' defense, I can safely say that he has a nice voice. Perhaps he will, in time, develop into a better audiobook narrator.
As for the story, "The Eye of God" extrapolates Rollins' stellar trajectory. (I am excluding "The Blood Gospel" from that trajectory, since Rollins had a debilitating co-author for that one.) Rollins fans already know that they need to pretty much completely suspend disbelief whenever they pick up a Rollins audiobook. "The Eye of God" continues that trend, and continues Rollins' joyous exploration into the weird world of quantum physics -- in this case, Dark Energy (again -- see "Deep Fathom"). If you enjoy opening your mind to outlandish speculation, then I think that you will probably enjoy "The Eye of God," even despite its unfortunate choice of narrator.
I enjoyed the story, as I have with all of James Rollins' Sigma Force novels. However, the narration was awful. All the accents sounded Asian, including the Italians. I think I would have enjoyed this story much more if I would have read it myself.
I like James Rollins books. I would never, ever listen to another book narrated by Christian Baskous. He ruined the story completely,
Fun story- had to quit because of the narrator.
Completely 100% off base in reading. The worst I have ever heard.
Please pass on the reviews about the narrator.