The audio continually fluctuates and the narrator is always louder than the other actors. This makes it very difficult to listen to the great story. I would have been more satisfied with a straight narrative.
the blending of medieval and science fiction
It is not the performance as much as it is the variation in volume between the narrator and the other actors. I blame the editor/mixer who put the final approval on the audio production
I have thought for decades that this would make a great movie. I would go to see it
I look forward to the rest of the series being put to audio. Just be a little better on the quality control
The author should have hired another person to narrate. There are some interesting stories, but no meat in the final analysis. I continually find myself zoning out and becoming irritated with him for over emphasizing what seems to be almost every syllable. Continual pauses in the reading for dramatic effect make the book seem amateurish.
When he does finally get to the point it is a classic letdown since everything leading up to it is overdramatized.
get to the point. Have a professional reader narrate. Provide specifics to the hows and not generalities.
no. The story has weakness in it and there are inconsistencies in the storyline. Conversation is strained and many times not realistic in content or delivery.
yes, since there has been improvement from the first.
The Narrator has a long way to go to bring animation to some of the characters. Sometimes the mysterious/dangerous character sounds dull and boring.
It helped pass the time while driving 600 miles. That was about it
The sentences are blocky and the reader pauses a fraction of a second to long between sentences - adding to the blockyness of the writing. Short choppy sentences are grammatically correct that tell small choppy portions of the overall scene. There is an overabundance of the first person usage of “I” at the beginning of the sentences.
Looking for the inconsistencies throughout the story.
The reader tends to read in monotone, and at a constant rhythm, and under emphasizes dramatic parts of the story. It is not till chapter 15 that the reader appears to develop a sense of the characters and the story begins to develop some cohesiveness.
There were portions where the reader managed to successfully add accents and character to the voices for ‘some’ of the characters.
Through much, especially the first 15 chapters, I felt like I was sitting in an economics class listening to the instructor reciting, “ Bueller….. Bueller….”
Being academically correct in enunciation and pauses between sentences, and after other punctuation, does not lend itself to the telling of a good story. In this case, it contributed to the choppiness of a story that forgets to provide details in an entertaining way and fails to develop characters the listener can enmesh themselves with.
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