This is by far the best audio book I have ever listened to, and it's a classic case of where the narrator really makes the audio book shine above the original. Simon Jones was phenomenal...his accent, comedic timing, and fantastic voice acting added so much to this already original and captivating story. Both this book and its follow-up (Golem's Eye) are absolute musts, and I can't wait until the next one comes out.
The book was interesting, but the narrator seemed to make lots of mistakes. One thing was his accents...many times he had the American protagonist talking in either a French accent when talking with the French characters, or the sort of Middle Eastern/Spanish sounding accent of the inhabitants of the "alternate world." Sometimes this was more than distracting...It actually made the dialog confusing. In addition, the fast and breathless pace of the narration just started wearing on me. This is one I think I would enjoy more reading.
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