The plodding pace of the narration, where "every syll a ble was care fully pro nounced" at a pace just slower than anyone would normally speak really grated on my nerves. I checked out my playback status and found I was still on chapter one! I don't think I can stand to listen to any more of this recording. The author's analogies were too frequently phrased with hyperbole. Very disappointed.
There is a trend in this book with the author making a statement, followed in the same sentence with a "but" or"though" which leads to an attempt at humor. About one in every 5 sentences show this pattern. Only after listening for a while does it take on an aspect of being contrived as well as a habitual pattern of communicating. This process is emphasized by the vocal inflections of Mr. Dufris. Can't change the author. I would strongly encourage a different narrator. I am very close to losing all interest in this piece. I would NEVER consider another book in this series if the same narrator is used. Interestingly, he does a very good job with other character voices.
Yes, with a different narrator.
Good with all but the main character, Vesik (who, wouldn't you know it, has to talk throughout the book, or else there would be no story), comes across with a sarcastic or snide quality to his humor. This quickly becomes painful to listen to.
Why not? Very similar in subject material to the Dresden series.
I would only read another book from this series if I had my memory wiped totally. Even with a lobotomy, I truly believe I would, with an emotionless expression, put that book down and walk across the busiest street I could find, hoping to end it all.
I wish I had read a few reviews, and considered that the female raters probably were 15 years of age, and enjoyed the soft porn aspect of this book. The printed description was not evident in my first 2 hours of listening. I found the material "painful" to listen to. I kept skipping forward, chapter by chapter, looking for some type of plot evolution... didn't find it. Please read Victor's review. I couldn't have said it better. I threw away $22.00. I just finished a Brandon Sanderson book, which on a scale of 1 - 10 was "10"; Acheron was proof that hype will make someone money, every time. Now that I think about it, the target audience for this material is 11 year old females. And the narrator was part (but only 10%) of the problem. There was nothing redeeming about this production.
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