Death's Rival, the 5th installment of Faith Hunter's Skinwalkers series, did not fail in keeping me riveted and excited. Unfortunately, this was the first of the series I had gotten in audio format and I find I am not happy with the narration. It was distracting to hear the mispronunciations of woo many of the character's names. Sentences read out of order, or words skipped, also the annoying almost false Southern accent used all drew away from they fun of the story.
I had hoped to purchase all the other books in audio also, but find I can't do so as it is the same narrator for all of them. If you don't read along with the audiobook and just listen to it, and if you don't mind the mispronunciations then you will enjoy this story.
First, Jim Frangione, he TOTALLY makes the characters come to life. May he forever narrate the BDB books. They just wouldn't be the same without his voice.
Second, Just.R. Ward, can you seriously get better? I don't think so.
The Shadows is, in my opinion, one of the best books in the series. Is it sad? Yes. Do you want it to end differently? Yes. But it is still the best love story I have read in a long time. And as always the author keeps you on pins and needles waiting for the next book.
The second book is better with more action and expansion of the story line. But I still wish they were full length books because the characters could use more depth than you can get in a novella.
The narration is still so poor with no sense of rhythm, no real ability to emote for the characters. The narrator is boring and really harms the story and makes it harder to enjoy what there is of the plot.
The story of the Pantera is interesting and the novellas are written well. I wish they were full length books because the characters could use more depth than you can get in a novella.
It is a shame that the narration is so poor with no sense of rhythm, no real ability to emote for the characters. The narrator is boring and really harms the story.
I only made it 20%through the narration before I turned it off and read the story alone. This narrator can't pronounce the main female characters name correctly, he sounds as if he is bored. He reads too fast at times and to slow at others. There is no excitement in the battle scenes and no emotion between the characters. What a shame that a wonderful story is ruined by a horrible narrator. I hope that the next Dark series book they bring back Phil Gigante who is wonderful to listen to and knows how to emote a story.
I can't stress enough what a disservice was done to the story by the narrator. This guy is the worst I have ever listened to, and that is saying something when I have listened to over 200 audio books. If I could I would only give the narrator 1/2 of a star simply for reading it.
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