I love the Septimus Heap series and was very excited for a new book. I love the progression of the story and very much look forward to the next one. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed in Gerard's narration in this book. He narrated the previous four books and was absolutely supreme. He did so many different and fun voices for all of the characters. A lot of that was missing from Darke. The voices weren't as distinguishable as they had been previously and that was a bit disappointing. However, it won't deter me from listing to this book dozens of time like I have the previous ones.
The narration is poor, unedited, and unskilled. There is no attempt to distinguish characters, no understanding of pacing, pause or breath to help the listener follow rapid conversations. I have never given up on an audio book before but this one was so bad I couldn't stand to finish it.
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