It might have become a 3 star experience if either the author or the speaker or audio producer put some pauses or effects in to show when characters were changing mid chapter. For that matter, even a chapter heading might have been useful to indicate what was being furthered in the story. I have no idea what triggered a chapter as many different subplots might be covered in on section. It felt that at random points I would be informed that a chapter had started.
There are numerous characters that get introduced over the course of the story. However, the character may not come into play again for some time. Even then, the change might come after several sentences of description of new time and place befroe the reintroduced character is made identified. I constantly had to go back and listen to a section over again due to the sudden shifts. I wish I had kept a cheat sheet of characters as they were introduced. That might have helped. Truly, there are lots of characters.
John Lee was fairly good in changing voice and accent to assist in keeping the characters straight.
After all the praise, I was disappointed. I have read some books that go in a series, that only set the stage in the first book. I couldn't say this even sets the stage well. At the end, I had no desire to listen to the next book to try to make sense of this one.
I enjoy listening to long books and books in a series. I listened to the whole book. I spent more time in going over sections several times than usual. I had hopes that the ending would be worth the time invested. In the end, I was disappointed.
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