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David

Portland, OR, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • The Shadow of the Torturer: The Book of the New Sun, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (872)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (567)

    The Shadow of the Torturer is the first volume in the four-volume epic, the tale of a young Severian, an apprentice to the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession - showing mercy towards his victim.

    Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

    Ryan says: "great writing, won't appeal to everyone"
    "Excellent Read!"
    Overall

    This is a remarkable book. Well crafted, rich language, delicate narrative. Certainly not filled with slashing heroes or delicate heroines and certainly not for everyone, but then neither is 20 year old scotch. If you enjoy language and the magic of words you will love this book. The narrator does a beautiful job bringing the characters to life...perfection.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Stone of Tears: Sword of Truth, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    Overall
    (3060)
    Performance
    (1815)
    Story
    (1840)

    The veil to the underworld has been torn, and Rahl, from beyond the veil, begins to summon a sinister power more dreadful than any he has wielded before. Horrifying creatures escape through the torn veil, wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting world above.

    Bo Laughlin says: "Great Book - Almost ruined by the narrator"
    "Material rises above the naration."
    Overall

    The written narrative is wonderful, in so many ways; great characters, interesting twists, generated tension that binds all of the pieces together. In my mind this is a wonderful example of great fiction, in any genre. That being said this *is* an audible book so the narration is vital. I have been an Audible listener for many years (9 to be exact) and I have listened to a lot of narration, add to that that I was a professional actor for over 30 years, I have listened to a lot of voice. I have to say I am shocked at the poor quality of the narration. His interpretation is simplistic, his characterization tedious, his rhythm predictable and amateurish. The material rises above the narration but I think its a shame the producers selected this narrator to continue the series, very poor choice.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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