In this second installment of the Wingfeather Saga, Andrew Peterson continues to deliver the fun, excitement, and drama. The perfect book for readers who like a good story with characters who grow and mature while keeping it interesting. There's a little bit of everything here, humor, terrifying chases, good character development, loving family relationships, and problems of life. A great read for any person who likes a good story!
As for the narration, Peter Sandon is an excellent narrator. In the first audiobook there were actually some mispronunciations; not in the second. The delivery is excellent for an excellent story!
I first read Time of the Dark when I was in high school and I enjoyed the story greatly, the premise was interesting, the plot was well conceived, and the characters were enjoyable. As a fan of audiobooks, I have waited for this series to come to audio for a while. Sadly, when the series finally became available, the performance was so miserable that I can't bring myself to purchase the second and third books.
This audiobook can best be described as cruel and unusual punishment for the ears. Linden reads with zero emotion, horrible character voices, and a punctuation and pronunciation that would suggest trying to teach a recalcitrant child with a lisp how to read. There is so little emotional inflection that terror and joy could be the same thing. When Linden reads as a character, she seems to choose the worst possible voice. Ingold, possibly the most important character in the book, is meant to be a strong older man with a great deal of command and power while maintaining a normally soft spoken, kind demeanor. The voice given to him in the audiobook would be perfect for a dying old man with laryngitis who is trying to speak his last wishes. Rudy, another main character who is portrayed as a biker, artist, and semi-drifter from California is given a voice that seems more like what you would expect for a Virginian farmer with a bad case of southern accent. All the while, regardless of the character background and personality, they are all read to sound like some English professor who has lost sight of how to communicate in favor of dictionary pronunciation.
One of the worst parts of this audiobook is that Linden can't seem to understand how to deal with the letter A. Who in their right mind would pronounce the words around and across with a long A? Why would someone given a hick farmer accent use a long A any time he talks? If Linden speaks the way she reads in her everyday life, I can't imagine anyone wanting to spend time with her after the first 5 minutes of conversation.
All in all, after listening to this audiobook, I can't imagine how this got past any editor. It would be difficult to imagine a performance better equipped to make this audiobook be a failure. A re-recording with an actually talented narrator would be a great service to Hambly fans.
Andrew Peterson has a captivating writing style that combines an excellent story, lovable characters, unexpected plot twists, and delightful humor! This book is enjoyable for people of all ages. Everyone I've shared this story with has loved it, most buying the following books as soon as they could.
If you want a great book to read alone or with your family, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is the ideal one.
Peter Sandon has the perfect voice for a narrator. Deep, powerful, and British, it is perfect for this story. Near the start there is a gloomy poem that when he reads comes to life as a prophecy of doom; perfect. At times of humor, his voice carries the straight British tone that communicates far more humor than a jovial narrator ever could. Overall, Peter Sandon has one of the best narrating voices I have ever heard.
Once again Patricia A. McKillip has delivered an excellent story! Thankfully, this time it was read by Simon Prebble, reader of The Riddle Master of Hed. Excellent book and excellent narrator!
This is an excellent book! I gave it 5 stars based on the book. The narrator is terrible! Her pronunciation is horrifically annoying. She slaughters the names of the characters in the book to the point that you wish she would never make another audiobook! This book is excellent and desperately deserves a better reader. Thankfully, this book is good enough that I listen to the audiobook to enjoy the story in spite of the lame narration. It would be a great service for Audible to have Simon Prebble read this book and replace this pathetic excuse for narration with a talented, better suited voice.
In Short: Great book! Great narrator!
This is my most favorite series. The character and their development are excellent along with the world of the stories.
Simon Prebble is an excellent narrator who is easy to listen to.
The book is top notch! A good story, excellent descriptions, and overall a great source of entertainment. The narrator isn't the best but I can't hold that against the book as a whole. I'm hoping the rest of Julian May's metapsychic books become available as audiobooks!
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