While the story isn't up-to-par with "The First Law" series, it's entertaining enough... But once again, Michael Page's narration, penchant for giving virtually every character an undue amount of gravitas and O-V-E-R E-N-U-N-C-I-A-T-I-O-N basically ruins it.
For the hell of it, I listened to the first 30 minutes of "The Blade Itself" and I nearly cried with joy and sadness at not having Steven Pacey read the books that follow.
I can only hope and pray that Mr. Pacey is brought back when and if Mr. Abercrobie returns us to our old friends Sand dan Glokta, the unwitting Jezal dan Luthar and the ever-so-practical Logen Ninefingers.
I thoroughly enjoyed The First Law series, ever so deftly narrated by Steven Pacey but was a little apprehensive to pick up this audiobook when I noticed that it was narrated by Michael Page instead.
I'm sorry to say that my fears were proven correct...
I had to fight the urge to stop playback after the first 60 seconds and after 5 minutes I just couldn't take it anymore.
Mr. Page's pacing is agonizingly slow and over-enunciated, with poor voice characterization to boot.
From a technical perspective, there is a "hollow" quality to the sound, that makes me think the recording was made in a bathroom shower stall and not a soundproof studio. This cavernous echo greatly added to the annoyance factor.
I will give the audiobook another chance, but hold little hope...
I'll update my review if the audiobook redeems itself.
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