He used the same voice for Italian characters as Asian characters. Was difficult to follow who was speaking. Was even difficult to separate male and female voices, had to rewind frequently.
This narrator is on the remaining Sigma Series books. I just can't listen to him again. I will purchase the book instead of the audio.
This story was fine, maybe not as to the edge as some of the previous novels. What put me off was the narrator, who at times represented the characters in such a contrived manner, that he actually diminished the story for me.
Not sure why they continue to hire Christian Baskus for this series. Intriguing story, classic James Rollins. Painful to listen to, however. Inconsistent accents and boy things, names pronounced differently than in previous Rollins audio books. Would much prefer to hear this read by Peter J Fernandez, who has well established specific voices and accents for each character in the series.
His intonation, timing, accents and lack of understanding of general cadence of speech is appalling. Anyone else would have been better.
I was disappointed with the change in narrator in this series. Christian Baskous can't do the accents very well and the changes he made in the character voices were not for the better
This story was too unbelievable. While I understood where he was headed, it was unrealistic to think that the US would not contact the REST OF THE WORLD if they truly believed that the earth was going to end in 4 days. Seriously.
None stood out.
He has very little ability to give each character her/his own voice. All accents sound essentially the same, so it's hard to keep track of who is talking. His narrator voice sounds disbelieving at inopportune moments. I don't understand how a publisher of audio books could possibly think he can pass muster!
No. I don't like most movies.
Not sure who would enjoy it. The story line was almost nonsensical.
Seemed disjointed and the characters that were new to me, such as Duncan and Jada, were inadequately developed.
The narration was a great distraction to the overall story. The narrator's voices for the women were comical, the various accents, i.e. Italian and Chinese, were laughable. I found the narration hard to overcome in order to find the listening experience enjoyable. I tried increasing the speed of the narration but that didn't take care of the issue, though it did accomplish getting me to the end of the story sooner.
Have enjoyed all of the Sigma Force books to date. Have to admit that getting through this book was tough. The narrator has no idea how to bring to life the characters I am so used to in the books.At times I had no idea which character was supposed to be speaking. Am really discouraged to see that this narrator was again used for book 10.I won't be wasting my money for an audio version of book 10 but will instead buy the book. If by chance the audio book were rerecorded using Scott Brick or one of the earlier narrators I will purchase it. A real shame actually.
I want my money back! As a fan of the Sigma series I am extremely disappointed that I can't even listen to this book. The narration is so terrible that I can't concentrate on what I am sure is a good book. The only thing Audible should be doing with this book is pulling it from their catalogue. It is robbery to charge money for the rubbish reading of Christian Baskous.
Yes, I would love to listen to this book by a decent narrator.
His voice, accents, inflections, Everything. He is totally unlistenable.
I couldn't listen to the book the narration was that bad.
Pull the book. You are stealing people's money with this narrator.