I compromised my usual position on abridged volumes because of the reader -- only to find once it ended that I wanted to read the complete memoirs. I've made it up to 1744, with 53 years and thousands of pages to go, and it's all fascinating. Wish Benedict Cumberbatch could have read the whole thing, but he has other gigs.
I bought this for a carpool of teenagers and also as a way for me to dip into steampunk. From the beginning, it was so ludicrously awful that we would replay the beginning to show others. From the larger-than-life hero, to the fawning women who yearned for the adventurer who could never be truly domesticated, few stereotypes were spared. Before starting the story the carpool would make guesses as to what hopeless situations our hero would suavely handle next and what feats of derring-do he would effortlessly toss off -- only to find the actual story line to be more trite than we dared guess.
The narrator did his best. I think it is a mark of his professionalism that he didn't giggle once. The author, however, has a lot to answer for. I'm amazed it's a series; I will never pick up another book by Hodder. Had I realized at the time that Audible accepted returns, I'd have sent it back.
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