I love this series and feel that the narrator did a good job (not great) in previous books. However, like the rest of the reviewers, the voices are so far off that its a great distraction to this wonderful story. Arya Stark for instance sounds like an old crone, whats with that?! I feel this book should be corrected by this narrator and re re released to the loyal customers who read these books. Its not fair to us and its not fair to the Author. Lastly, I feel the editor (or producer) of the audio book should be taken to task. It doesn't seem like they even listened to this or else they would have picked this up in minutes.
I don't frequently write reviews, I find it hard to critique an accomplished writer given that I'm only a consumer. In this case however, I'm compelled too due to the fact that, the quantity of positive comments out there was the reason I purchased the audiobook.
This book is being compared to the Wheel of Time and I feel this is a great injustice to the WoT series. While the characters, nations, and systems of magic in WoT were creative and unique, the ones in The Shadow of What Was Lost felt lifeless and contrived.
The repetitive tropes from classic fantasy were poorly integrated into this novel. The violence seemed to be pointless and no sense of motivation drove the story forward. The characters were bland and lifeless. Even the fact that Michael Kramer was chosen to narrate the book was poorly thought out. Those tropes that shared similarities to WoT seemed doubly so as MK narrated both. I now thankfully leave this novel with no desire to find out what happens next; just glad to be done with it.
I can see this story attracting working for a pre-teen boy, but gruesome depiction of violence would leave me wondering if I'd want my 10 year old picking up the book. My only hope in writing this is that you reconsider it. Its not WoT, not even close. Be warned before you pay for it. Hope this helps.
I got this book despite the poor ratings because i love the story. The voice actor and the editor should be brought to task about this. Danaries sounds like an ancient woman and is creates a great discontinuity to an otherwise amazing story. If you love the previous books as much a me DONT get this audio book just read the paperback. Im going to stop listening half way through part 1 and go buy the paperback... What a shame.
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