Not sure why some have diss'ed the narrator on this one. Personally I like HillaryHuber best out of the first 3 books. MUCH better than the narration on the 3rd one. Hillary has a sultry voice and cadence that draws you in. Liked her a lot in the Midnight breed series as well. It was actually a search by Hillary as a Narrator that brought me to this series in the first place. I'll recommend the series in print to my friends. The series is great, but the constant switching in the narrators - especially in light of some reviews on the narration on the 4th and 5th books - is too annoying to bear.
Midnight breed series.
Shade, of course
Just a HUGE pet peeve about this audio series(and several others) in general. Why the constant hopping between narrators. Especially if it "aint broke". I wlll be reading the remainder of the series in print IF I can find time. Good and consistant narration makes or breaks a series. Production companies would do well to pay for good narration and stick with the same one throughout the series. On a series like this - I.e. Midnight Breed, I'll go through an audio book in 2 days. Switch narrators and I probably wont finish unless it's really good, and then I'll read it in print. So revenue IS being lost.
Let me start by saying that I really like this series and very much enjoyed both books. There’s a couple things I would critique in The Tower Lord – though these would by no means put me off from reading or recommending the series. Great Characters, well written, Great story all in all.
That being said: first off, I have no complaints at all about the content or flow of the first book, Blood Song. But I found the timeline and sequence of events somwhat difficult to follow in The Tower Lord. I thought Verniers account interspersed with Vaelin’s history worked VERY well in Blood song. And while I can understand why Ryan would want to continue with that method, it really didn’t work as well for The Tower Lord. In Blood Song, you had only Vaelin’s POV from the past and Verniers accounting of the telling in the present. In The Tower Lord, Ryan adds in multiple new main character POVs and there’s a lot going on in multiple places over an indeterminate span of time. When jumping between multiple character POV’s the timeline is harder to follow to begin with. After listening twice, I’m still a little unsure if different POV’s of the book are playing out in sequence as read, or if he’s just piecing the different POV’s together in rotation. Add in the fact that Verniers POV is interspersed with - but chronologically out of sync with - the rest of the Characters, and the book just doesn’t flow as well as the first.
Personally I think this book could have been a bit longer, too. There were several new main characters introduced and some returning characters elevated from supporting roles. I would have enjoyed taking more time to get to know them since they’re now getting equal time with Vaelin. It seemed to end abruptly in an odd place, too.
I like the reader. He has a great voice and it really doesn’t bother me at all that he doesn’t do different character voices and accents. Sometimes that sort of thing can be overdone anyway. It would help the listener if he were to vary his tone of voice a little more to make it easier to discern who’s speaking. And at times his timing or inflection is off, but for the most part he makes for a very good listen and is a good match for this book.
The way it's written: The author weaves the story and the characters in such an artful and enthralling manner that you can't help but get swept up. I couldn't help but be swept emotionally into the story and into the characters. I fell in love with Jamie right along with Claire. The author takes the time to paint the scene in a way that you to experience it along with the characters. She doesn't tell you why a character struggles with something - the knowledge unfolds in the character and the story. It's like the difference between writing the obvious: "the sunset was beautiful" and writing a description of the sunset so vivid and compelling that not only do you see it in your minds eye, you catch yourself sighing as in response to seeing it yourself.
This is MUCH more than your typical cookie cutter template romance. Don't let the romance aspect put you off. (and it is romance, not erotica)
Jamie, of course. She does an amazing job not just with voices and accents, but capturing the nuances and personality of the characters. Intonations and cadence was spot-on. Likely the best narration I've ever heard,
Don't know, but I definately wish somone would make one
Best credit I've ever spent. I can't imagine how this book could get anything negative reviews. If you love good descriptive writing, and an enthalling story with many facets to offer - romance, adventure, adversity, stuggle ... it's a wonderful ride.
Hillary is at the top of my favoraite Narrators list. When I'm forced to read a book in print (because it's not available on audio or I can't tolerate the narration) I find myself imagining how she'd read it. She catches all of the inflections and nuances just right. She give the characters depth and personaltity and reads the dialog like a dialog.
Not waisted time, but I wasn't dying to get back to it. Pretty much finished it because I'd paid for it.
Not really into Bellmore's reading style - He has a nice voice but too many long pauses in the middle of thoughts and sentences. The dialog sounded fake and read, not spoken. Intonation all wrong in most cases. The cadence overall was abnormally slow.
I may give one more book in the series a try, but not in audio as the narrator just doesn't quite do it for me
Narrator reminds me of a female version of Bill Murray's character on Caddy Shack. Wish they'd have stuck with Hillary Huber
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