I have this book in my collection and just plain love it. That's why I was so glad to see Audible had an audio copy of it on their site, that way if I ever get the hankering to follow Jonas and his solicitoring adventures, its only a few clicks away. Though I do wish Audbile could separate the audio files by chapters instead of having it in one large chunk of audio. Oh well.
The reading of the book is done very well, and I enjoyed every second of it. The reader changes his accents and voice to help the listener differentiate between characters, which was something I had worried about before getting this audio book.
The book is about Jonas Pickett and him giving practical legal advice to the citizens of Shackleton, a resort town, but for the most part the book focuses on the mysteries of the events and the characters themselves. So no worries for those that are thinking this is heavy with legal jargon, its an easy and delightful listen.
I'm very keen on Walter Moer's writings and have reread his books quite a few times. This one especially ranks at the top of my favorite book list.
What's great about Walter Moer is the little details he takes in creating and populating the world of Zamonia, the characters, and the little twists and turns he inserts into his narrative. There are few times where I want to actually visit a fictional place, but Walter Moer's depiction of Bookholm makes the inner booklover in me want to pack up my bags and dash out to get there. And the seedy mysterious underground of the town, what a treat as well.
Since I already knew the story and characters before listening to the audiobook, I was mostly worried about the narration. I have to say though, it truly surprised me. The narrator is top-notch in my book, the voices he choose for the characters fit well for them. Especially for Optimus Yarnspinner, his voice was dead-on how I imagined he would've sound like. I'll have to take a look around to see if this narrator read aloud any other books I might like to read, since I've grown liking to him.
Another pleasant surprise is the little special voice effects they did with the book, I'm not saying they added sound effects, but little things like echos and layering that gave me absolute chills during this one important scene in the book. Which, incidentally, also gave me chills when I read the part, but that's because the author plays around with the typeface to give the scene more effect.
I say, if you read the book and highly enjoyed it, then you'll really love this audio reading of it. If you just finished listening to the audio reading of this book and enjoyed it, I would recommend you get the hard copy of this story since that would have Walter Moer's illustrations. Very top notch as well, I might add. Happy listenings!
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