Received the first book in paperback for Christmas; loved it and decided to download the second one in audio format shortly thereafter. If you ask me the second one is even better! Great job by the narrator too - just the right balance between keeping me riveted without going over the top by using silly voices, over dramatization or crazy music for effect. Stayed up all night just to hear the end and am now downloading the final book so I can listen to the end when I get home from work.
I've tried several times to make it to the end, but I like reading books and the narrator won't let me. When did audiobooks turn into radio theatre?
If you like the narrator to go into histrionics, raise her voice, growl, whine, etc., you will probably like this book. The story isn't bad at all.
If you like to use your imagination and relax with a book, don't waste your credits or money - the narrator won't let you.
Mr. Inglis reads The Hobbit without going overboard in theatrics, but still manages to vary the voices of his characters which makes it easier to follow along. Most narrators either drone, or they create voices in falcetto (men playing women), ridiculous baritone (women playing men), or that ridiculous baby talk (when playing small children). All that does is pull me out of the story and often I stop the book. I love books - they allow me to use my imagination; but I detest poor narrators - they seem to think I'm too dumb and need them to shape the characters for me. The only reason I listen to audiobooks is lack of time.
Thank you, Mr. Inglis, for your wonderful performance. The songs are magnificently sung too, by the way...
As a service member myself I felt like Ms. Maddow was in effect connecting the dots. I've seen first hand some of the things she mentions (the inception of contractors into our forces). I highly recommend this book.
I really liked the book, but every time I started to get into the story the narrator killed the mood. He seemed to be speed-reading which is exhausting to listen to. I love audiobooks, but had a hard time keeping up with this one. I loved his voice, the way he brought his characters to life and the fact that he mastered that balance between monotonous and overly dramatic. I think if he hadn't read so fast, I would not have paid so much attention to his performance and noticed his strange accent (sounds like an American trying to sound British) and mispronunciations.
Read all three books in the Millennium Trilogy. Watched the two movies that have been released in the States so far (also great, but read the books first) and am eagerly awaiting this last one. I'm addicted. So I googled him only to find out that he passed away - didn't even get to find out how popular his books became...I feel so sad for him and hope that at least his family and friends find some solace in that knowledge.
I loved the first book! The second would have been just as good if I didn't constantly feel like the author was trying to justify homosexualism (there was a great relationship building up there, but the "mood" was totally destroyed by what felt like preaching). This last book however did something no one else seems to have a problem with - a guardian having a romantic relationship with his protégé. This just smacks of someone taking advantage of his leadership role over a young impressionable woman. I'm quitting this book before the end because it just infuriates me every time I listen to the narrator gushing about how handsome the High Lord is with his shirt off. Shame on you Trudi Canavan for relaying to young people (and old) that this is okay! I know too many people who battle this mindset every day.
Sweet Mother, but I wonder how many times the characters cry "Sweet Mother" in this book. Between the constant expletives and the "heroes" whimpering, crying and yelping (not to mention fainting) at the sight of their foes, I found myself constantly distracted. What could have been a great book turned into background noise. Did not finish the book and certainly won't buy another one by this author!
Books have been around for a LONG time. That's because readers are perfectly able to enjoy a story regardless of melodramatic voices and volume changes. Someone please tell this narrator to stop shouting and whispering! I have to constantly change the volume and sometimes even rewind to hear what he's saying. And why do some narrators feel children and women must have high pitched, annoying voices? I'm not finishing this book because I can't get past the narrator.
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