I love S. Briggs, and I love Pratchett books, especially when read by Briggs, but for some reason this one was really... choppy. There were glitches in the file, through both parts, where it would blank out, skip or whatever, and often I'd miss a word or two. Disappointing for such a great story!!
Audible has been incessantly recommending this book, and I'm glad I gave in! The story's interesting, the world's great, and the narrator... amazing.
The book? Yes. The audiobook? No. The story's neat, but the narrator is so obviously reading. Everything - and I mean everything - has the same pace. No wonder the book clocks in at 18+ hours! I'm sure a more active narrator would have done it in much less.
Almost anyone else. Don't get me wrong - her voice isn't annoying, and her character voices are decent, but her pacing leaves a lot to be desired. Everything is read at the same pace, with the same overly careful narration. I should feel excited during a fight scene, not wonder why the narrator is bored!
Serious issues with quality.
1. Half way through the audiobook, trumpets begin to herald the need to change cds.
2. Chapters start repeating out of order (i.e. listen to chapter 20, 21 22, 20, 23, etc), again half-way through.
3. The chapter listing in the audible app doesn't match up with the actual chapters. So to navigate to chapter 48 I had to press chapter 56.
4. Whispersync doesn't work, and I have to spend far too much time trying to find my spot - whether I'm switching to the audiobook or the ebook. Again, this started happening half way through.
Needless to say, I will not be using Whispersync for the rest of the books in the series, and if the audiobook issues continue in book three, I will switch to ebook.
I recently caught up on the Dresden Files, and was looking for a new urban fantasy. I'd seen Hounded on friends' lists and thought I'd try it out. I'm really glad I did!
Atticus is a great protagonist. Wise without being wrapped up in himself, with a great sense of humour, and without some of Dresden's more annoying rough edges and immaturity.
Hearne's created a fun world and a great cast of characters. And Daniels does a great job of narrating the book. Between the two of them, I keep having to hold back from laughing out loud while walking to work.
Looking forward to listening to more of the series!
I love the scenes with Oberon. Daniels does such a great job of voicing the dog - just enough doggy-ness without slipping over into the absurd. And Oberon provides some great counterpoints to whatever's going on.
Pretty close to it!
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