The Cleaner was a good book with an excellent narrator, Scott Brick. William Dufris is painful to listen to. When I started listening to ???The Deceived,??? I had to check the title on the IPOD to make sure I didn???t down load a western. Dufris adds a John Wayne twang when voicing Quinn. I was anticipating Quinn to utter the phase ???...but, Pilgrim, you caused a lot of trouble this morning; might have got somebody killed; and somebody oughta belt you in the mouth. But I won???t. I won???t. The hell I won???t!??? ??? McLintock (1963)
It is quite irritating. So much so, that this is the first review I have written. In and of itself not notable, but I have over 200 titles in my library. The only other time I was this disappointed in a narrator switch is when John Lee read George R R Martin???s "A Feast for Crows." I am happy to see Roy Dotrice is narrating Martin???s "A Dance with Dragons" and I am equally happy to see Scott Brick is back for Battles??? "Shadow of Betrayal."
"The Deceived" is a good book, but it may be worth buying at B&N and reading in lieu of spending 11 hours listening to Dufris.
Spoiler alert. The first two books were decent, but this one was lacking. Mostly it was a depressing drag through a dismal land. The story builds up to a final conflict that never really materializes. When the final battle, if it could be called a battle, happens, it is over in about 5 minutes.
Just a disappointing book.
A more meaningful dialog between Simon and Lewis. An explanation on how Simon new about Albion to begin with and what involvement his father had in hatching the takeover plan. Overall, the book just had too many story lines left open.
No real battles and the final ending is unbelievable.
I listened to this entire audio book. I kept expecting that there would indeed be action right around the corner. Yet it never appeared. There was build up that just fizzled. The only two characters that were remotely interesting in this book were Tyrion and Theon. Tyrion was engaging and brilliant as always. Out of 49 hours, only 6-8 were worthwhile. That is sad to say.
The narration did not live up to the first 3 books and that was a disappointment.
If you have read the first 4 books I am sure you are already invested and will probably buy this one as well. It is a shame that it took 4 years to get this and who knows how long before the next installment.
The review by ???James??? hit it right on the head.
I have listened to all of Joe???s books to date. The first law series was excellent and Best Served Cold was equally entertaining. Heroes was just ok.
This was my least favorite novel of Joes. The story was lacking. For example, the Dogman was brought back in this novel and was important enough to end up with a governorship but he only made one brief appearance. He had scouts, but they never detailed the size of his force and any of their actual scouting. The Dogman was not in any battles, nor did you spend an evening in his camp or in his head. You really had no idea what he was thinking or how he was truly involved. Joe did not develop the issues between the North and South that would elevate them to war. In addition, he did not elaborate on any political intrigue in this book. We never heard from the king directly, and bringing back Bethod???s witch really seemed like an afterthought.
That said what really killed this novel was the narration, it was flat out painful. Every time Bremer dan Gorst had to speak I cringed. I have listened to over 200 audio books and this was by far the worst transition in narrators. This transition was worse than Roy Dotrice to John Lee in George R R Martin???s Game of Thrones. Michael Page really did an injustice to this story. I have often wondered why narrators do not listen to the previous books and at least try to maintain some continuity in voice and mannerisms. You have all these Northmen talking throughout the novel and the Dogman has an accent that doesn???t match anyone. I realize the narrators want to make their mark, but sometimes they do so at our expense.
I would recommend reading the book and not wasting time and money on this audio version.
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