I'm surprised by the negative reviews. I came to this book not knowing it was a "Shannara" book and so had no preconceptions of what it should be--and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I am eager to get the next two installments and see what happens next. I really enjoy books with long plots, so I was not at all worried about the way the story develops. I just let it carry me along and enjoyed the ride. I will say one thing about the reader, and that is that he appears to have gone to the William Shatner School of Public Speaking. He has a very staccato delivery that can be a little hard to enjoy, but I got engrossed in the story any way and didn't let it bother me.
For the last several weeks I have been absorbed in the audiobook world of Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh. I am now on book 13 of 15. This series is so very compelling. It's mostly concerned with the activities of a human envoy to an alien species, and a lengthy expose of detailed diplomatic negotiations with forays into action and warfare. It is surprisingly interesting, to the point that I must listen at all times and not give attention to anything else. I worry about what I will do when the last book is done.
I'm here to contradict the negative reviews about the change of narrator. I really liked James Marsters, but truthfully, John Glover is equally good. His delivery is good, his pace is good, his intonations and pronunciations are excellent. Sure, we all got to know Harry Dresden in another voice, but this is GOOD. It's better than good--it's outstanding.
Don't be put off this story by the naysayers--John Glover has done a fine job and his performance is worth your listening dollars.
After enduring 90 minutes of excruciation I had to give up. Never have I encountered a less interested reader.
He speaks in a droning singsong voice with virtually no tonal inflection. At 90 minutes the book still made no sense, the plot and characters were unclear, so I called it a day.
I was disappointed at the change in reader. I have come to love the voice characterizations and rhythms of John McDonough. If I had not already listened to the entire rest of the series, I would not have cared; but the change was a little off-putting for me. Otherwise, a typically enjoyable Father Tim book.
For some reason I found the audiobook too tedious to listen to. Maybe because I knew what would happen and didn't want to go through it all again. Somehow, the book has not aged very well.
I've previously only experienced this tale in movies, and had never read the book. How entranced and involved I became in this story, which is (no secret) far more compelling in its entirety. Of course no mere movie could capture the width and breadth of the brilliance of Edmund Dantes. It is very long, but never dull; and John Lee has done a superlative narration. Highly recommended.
Can't wait to get more Harry Dresden. James Marsters' narration is very good. Another reviewer did not like his breathy sighs, but I found them to be completely in character for Harry and not at all distracting.
I really liked Prince Roger and hoped this would be more in a similar vein, but no luck. I couldn't tolerate listening to the endless religious twaddle and frankly the middle ages just aren't that appealing. If you want that, you should listen to Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I didn't listen to more than a couple of hours of this before I'd had enough. Also, the narrator has a sing-song voice that fails to emote any drama or inflection, and there are no voice characterizations just a straight reading of the text.
Pointless, meandering, banal. No character development and not very interesting. Read very well, but that wasn't enough to make me finish listening to this snooze fest. I rarely discard a book unfinished, but this is one of them.
Its like Follett decided that the first book was so successful that he should write another one just like it--same cardboard characters (with different names), same plots (on a different timeline). The only thing different is that this second book includes the Bubonic Plague and lots more sex. You can tell the author is a "man's man" because of all the endless sexual encounters. Frankly, it got so repetitious that I started to fast fwd through the rapes and the inevitably detailed sexual descriptions. zzzzz.
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