I love Kenyon and all of her stories, but this narrator makes it very difficult to hear the story. Her speaking is unnatural, pronouncing every syllable, and putting emphasis on the wrong words. I find myself having to rewind to hear the story because my mind has gone off on a tangent on how that sentence should have been emphasized.
That being said, the story is interesting. It takes a bit to get into it because the details at the beginning are stingy, but I think that's the idea. I'll listen to the following books, as well, and just grit my teeth having to hear the same narrator.
Ok.. I love Zombies. The fact that someone has taken a classic story and added in zombies has made my day. The premise behind the story and the writing are both excellent. The narrator is beyond excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed her performance. That being said, there is a saccharine quality to this book that makes me take it in smaller doses. I loved the book, but could only listen in smaller chunks - to and from work. This is not the fault of the author or the narrator, it's the fault of the original genre of the book. I'm quite sure that if I were to purchase the original Pride and Prejudice, I would run into the same problem. There's only so much demure female I can take.
This is a great book, however, and I will be listening, eventually, to the others. Just not right away.
The short description of this book made me very interested. Unfortunately, I didn't get far enough into it to actually review the story. I give it 3 stars because Audible makes me review it before I can write a review, and because I don't want to penalize the author when it's not his fault this production is awful.
Because it was bundled in a 2 for 1 credit, I ended up getting book 5 before I'd ever heard of book 1, but that isn't what bothers me. What bothers me is this narrator. She is focused so hard on pronouncing her t's and d's and p's that she has completely lost the natural rhythm of a sentence. I found myself analyzing how a sentence -should- have been spoken and losing the next few pieces of the book. I cannot under any circumstances recommend this book. I got stuck in my car for 3 1/2 hours to drive 5 miles and couldn't even bring myself to turn on this book... If it weren't a freebie, I would ask for a refund.
I love Brandon Sanderson's later books. Therefore, when I was down to 1 Audible credit and 1 month to go before renewal, I picked up this early work of Sanderson's (28 hours of audio) and figured I could enjoy listening to it for a full month of driving around in my car. The reality was that I didn't start fully enjoying it until about 22 hours into the book.
It's kind of obvious that this is an early work for Sanderson, before he got a little more self control. There were times as I was listening to this that I thought the scene would never end. There were scenes that, while they needed to happen, didn't need to happen with such detail. I think if I were actually reading this book, I couldn't have continued through some of these passages.
That being said, I do love this story. Wanting to find out what happened to the Elantrians was enough to keep me listening. Wanting to see if the Main character could save them all was enough of a draw. So, if you can weather the long passages early on in the book, it really is worth the read.
I will note that Sanderson is always using a Deus ex Machina in some way, shape, or form in his books. He writes a fantastic story that really is an epic (long and detailed) tale, but then, like Emeril, "BAM!" the story is done. If you don't mind that.. read on.
Garrett's performance was outstanding.
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