All these books in the series are great fun but after having to listen to a couple of them read by Mr Tull I have to give up. I miss Simon Vance's reading. He brought Aubrey to life to such an extent that I would rather not hear as different performance as the one given by Patrick Tull.
Patrick Tull is a great narrator but his Irish shows far to often and his frequent dramatic pauses do not, in my mind, do Maturin or Aubrey justice. I will happily by other books performed by Tull but for me this series demands the booming voice of Vance. I love the books but will finish it in paper or find a source of Vance performances for the rest.
The author does a good job in describing the setting. Old Boston is brought to life in vivid smells and colours. The main character frustratingly overlooks some obvious clues as the book progresses but by the end of the book I had grown to enjoy the tale.
The narrator has to my ear a very slow delivery. It has the effect of making most of the narration sound like a dramatic conversation. I was going to give up on the book but then increased the play back speed to 1.25. At that speed most speech sounds normal with only some parts being out of place. For me this saved the Audible book and I am now enjoying the second book.
I'm looking forward to more books in this setting by D. B. Jackson. If you have trouble with the speed of narration I would suggest trying to increase the speed slightly. If you are fan of the Dresden series, as I am, this will not be more of the same but something different and still enjoyable.
This is the second book and continues the tale of Kvothe. The characters are compelling and after reading the first book I found myself anticipating and feeling for them as they (not just the main character) try to live their lives. The author does a good job in telling his story employing a 1st person narrative for most of the book when Kvothe is telling the tale.
The story is not perfect, you may catch yourself wondering if the Kvothe is being perfectly honest or embellishing as the tale sometimes drifts towards a dramatic solution where simple responses, using abilities seen earlier would have helped. As with any 1st person narrative, it is good to remember the person telling the tale is not perfect. In this case quite passionate.
The plot is unfolding delightfully and is very enjoyable to follow along. This is a good thing given how long it is. The performer does a good job. Nick Podehl has a long list of characters to portray. His accents, for the most part, are enjoyable to hear and he conveys emotions well.
The best I can say about this book is I was sorry to see it come to an end. Every chapter is as enjoyable as the last and I wait eagerly for the next book in the series.
This is the only recording that does not have Christian Rodska narrating. Mr Coster is so completely different in narration that I would almost suggest skipping it and just borrowing the book from the library. I choose to weather his reading but be warned it is lethargic.
A Compelling story coupled with some top notch narration makes this a great listen. I would recommend this book to any friend, French or English.
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