I have owned this entire series for years and have read and re-read, enjoying it thoroughly. It is not the sort of story that would appeal to everyone, but the concept is intriguing. However -- The narrator is not great. She's not incapable. Personally, I find that American female voices just really don't have what it takes. The production value is good. She reads clearly and concisely, perhaps a bit too much so. At first I was concerned that she did not have the ability to convey the male characters. Not very far into the book I realized that it was not the male characters, nor the main female characters, that would be the problem. She read every minor female character with voice characteristics that simply made me want to reach into my MP3 player and throttle them all! Hence, I give it three stars. The reader didn't put me off the book. Even though I know how it ends, I still will listen to the finish. And I'll probably listen to the next in the series as well.
I attempt to keep books only in one format; paperback, audio, or e-book. I love this series so much that it has joined the select rank of e-book and audio. I am not a monster movie fan. I generally don't care for blood and gore. I am NOT a gun nut. Somehow the underlying comic book feel makes it all good.
Something for everyone; monsters, massive firepower, Characters...even romance. (Awwwww....)
This series is one of my absolute favorites. I've read them (in paperback) many times. The best part of listening to the book was, as is the case for all audiobooks, being able to take the characters along with me. Also grateful that the voices did not conflict too badly with what I've been hearing in my head for years.
The first meeting of all the regular characters.
As mentioned earlier, his voices didn't conflict with my preconceptions
I have been waiting for ages to see this series come to Audible. The latter books in the series became a bit tedious, but these early entries have everything one could want. Richard Jury and Melrose Plant and all the rest of the characters have become like old friends. Please, Audible, bring them all!
There are a few books that I've found that are definitely better having read to me. The Discworld audiobooks are definitely better than reading the books. I wouldn't say these books are necessarily better than the print version, nor would I say they are worse. The reader is definitely up to the job; does wonderfully. Fortunately, since Audible has so few of this series, it's probably just as well that I like the paperbacks just fine!
I like the people. Each of them with their own quirks and foibles and none of them are utterly stupid. Generally, not even the back guys are utterly stupid.
I believe I've only heard her do other Donna Andrews books. The recording quality on this one seemed a little bit better than the earlier ones.
I love these books. I've tried to identify what it is that is so appealing, primarily to try and find another equally enjoyable series, and it has got to be the people. I am a sucker for books about women who are living lives that I wish were mine, but aren't so horribly perfect in every way that I simply want to strangle them. They have jobs that aren't just sitting behind a desk; they live someplace just a little bit more interesting than I do; their hobbies are interesting; their friends are interesting. It's a different life that I can escape to just for a little while.
I just hope that the author has a few more volumes in her.
I have read other books by Card. Have read them going back many years. This would make me tentative of any of his newer works. Nobody can say that Stefan Rudnicki isn't an excellent narrator. However, the female narrator (Card? Coincidence?? Doubt it) is about on a par with the majority of American female readers. For some reason they tend to make me think of the lady who reads to the preschoolers down at the public library. I find it offensive.
I will avoid Emily Janice Card at all costs.
I would start with removing the restroom scene. I would have believed at that point that the book was written for boys of a certain age, not that boys of that age are big readers. The book pretty much went downhill from there. In ten years of listening to Audible, I believe there have been only 3 or 4 books that I simply couldn't be bothered to finish. This makes one more. Perhaps it was written for adolescents. If so, I would love for Audible to indicate in big bold letters
Some time back, I picked up the digital edition of the first book in this series. Halfway through that book, I thought it was doomed. First, I found the story moving very slowly; second, I began to believe I had fallen into the trap of purchasing a book written for Young Adult audience. I decided to give the series another chance in Audible format, primarily based on my familiarity with the narrator. I'm glad I did. It was pretty good. This book contains just about everything you could ask for in a story; intrigue, humor, tension, romance ... there's even a chase scene. The villains are villainous; the heroes heroic.the women strong-willed and capable; the good guys win in the end.
As as been stated, this is absolutely a Tolkien clone, but then I'd be surprised if each "epic fantasy" doesn't make some bow towards Lord of the Rings. Don't compare it to Wheel of Time, it isn't. The writing is sometimes very immature, and I can't say why. However, there is enough here to make me, at least, need to know what comes next and how it all ends (as I listen to Book 1, I am finishing the final book in paperback). The narrator is not ideal, I'll agree, but very few readers are ideal for all listeners. I frequently felt I was back at the library with my kids at Toddler Story Time, and I just wanted to scream. For all its faults, I'd say it was certainly worth 1 credit. It's not as bad as some reviewers say, nor is it a glowing success...it's all a matter of taste anyway. As usual, I would say that it is so unfortunate that the audiobook producers did not manage to retain one really good narrator for the whole series. That bugs me.
After about 1/2 of the first part, I was about ready to chew off my arm to get away from this book. It is unfortunate that the narrators, who are undoubtedly at the top of the field, are the same readers who did Wheel of Time, so as you listen, you have certain expectations. This isn't The Wheel of Time. The second problem I had was with the characters' dialog. Okay. I get it. Storms are important. But every single conversation had an evident expletive using "Storm". "Storm"-this; "storm"-that; "storm" you. I got really, really tired of that. Contrived ... very, very contrived. Nobody talks like that.
Now that I am nearly to the end, I've become engaged. Yes. The characters do stupid things for stupid reasons, but that's not all that unusual.
At one credit, it's a pretty safe choice if one enjoys epic fantasy.
Moral of this story is: Always check out the narrator before picking up a book. I know better, but I simply forgot to listen to the sample. Was the book any good? No idea. The first 10 minutes were a little slow, but ...
I'll freely admit that finding the Amelia Peabody series available through Audible.com was my primary reason for joining. This is one of my favorite series and have enjoyed them all immensely. However, I have made a conscious effort to stick with one reader, not this one. I would not suggest that there is anything wrong with her voice or style. She just did not provide life to the various characters in the same way that Barbara Rosenblatt does. Perhaps this is just what I have become used to, but I will stick with the other reader as much as possible.
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