I looked forward to listening to this book. I had known about Fred Saberhagen for sometime as I have been "into" SF for many years, but just hadn't gotten around to any of his material. Well... I just couldn't get into this story. I quit in the middle of part 3. I did not care about characters, the plot was not unique. It was like he told himself he needed to write a book that had some typical sci fi/fantasy riffs, complete with the usual suspects. . I just can't recommend this book. I did not care for the plot or characters. It did not have any heart. There are too many good ones out there don’t waste your time.
This book was a disappointment to me. I hung in their and listened to the entire book only because so many had rated this book so high. As another reviewer wrote: "The narration drove me nuts...the narrator tells the story in a breathy, slurred manner... He drones on without pausing when changing from one character to the next, startling you into realizing something is different". I have listened to many audiobooks. This one was the worse. For the life of me, I can't believe its rating.
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