I can only give this recording 2 stars due to the excruciating narration.
I violated one of my own rules by not listening to the sample narration before purchasing this audio book. I know everyone has their own preferences, but please do yourself a favor and listen to the sample before you purchase this audio book. I'm about 1 hour into the book so far and I'm finding it very difficult to follow because the narrator sounds like she has a cold and is having trouble catching her breath.
Yes, I've read/listened to dozens of epic fantasy novels and I liked the premise behind this one. There's nothing I enjoy more than to lose myself in a good story. I felt compelled to give this novel a relatively low overall rating, and I'll explain that shortly.
I guess I'd have to say that the protagonist Laedron would be my favorite character. I feel it necessary to say that I didn't feel that not enough time was given to fleshing out the characters. This disappointment might be my own fault, as I was really hoping for the start of a new epic series with robust character background and world building.
Now, to explain my low overall rating. In my opinion, the author did something almost unforgivable by ending this book very poorly. I don't mean as in a cliffhanger; it just ended almost like in mid-chapter like you would see in a weekly TV series. Yes, I know it's just book 1 of a trilogy, but still, even the first book of a trilogy should have some natural stopping point.
Unlike a TV series where a script writer can get away with this because the next installment is only a week away, books in a series (which can be a year or more apart) should each have a natural conclusion to the immediate action taking part in that specific book.
It's quite possible that the publisher/editor might be at fault for this. It really seemed that the author wanted to continue the story in this book, but was overruled by his editor. I don't know this, just the feeling I got.
Just a cautionary note for listeners wanting to start this series, "The Truth of the Matter" is actually the third book in the "Homelanders" series, not the second as it's listed as.
Book #2 is titled "The Long Way Home" but it isn't available on Audible yet.
Book #1 is titled "The Last Thing I Remember" and IS on Audible.
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