I love this series, and the story reminded us of the intricate past while holding out complex possibilities for the future. Limits of Power gave us (for me) truly unexpected developments in the lives of some major characters, as well as revelations of their past. The reappearance of Paks was a highlight as well as the hope of a starring role for her in the next installment. However, frankly it was difficult to follow it and I missed important parts I'm sure because I kept being distracted by the narrator's voice and pronunciations, to the point where I didn't go back to passages that needed deeper attention. For the first time in reading a favorite and much anticipated story I actually bought another book in the middle of it, and had to come back to it later. That was after re-reading Echoes of Betrayal so that I could be clearer on what I was hearing (or not) in Limits of Power. I will definitely not be listening to this story again, as much as I may need to. Will buy the written version instead perhaps.
Any of the previous narrators in the series, or my two favorite newly discovered narrators, Robert Glennister and Sophie Ward. Angela Dawe seemed to do fine with children's voices or young women but not with the adult male human characters,the elves or gnomes, and her cadence was cringe-worthy.In my opinion the reviewer Anita got it exactly right.
Sorry to beat a dead horse but truly the narration made me cry. I won't tell the things that made me laugh in the story as that would truly be spoiler alert!
I thought this was a highly original and compelling story. Fantastical, imaginative, beautiful images and conceptions, especially of the various parts of the circus.Thorough descriptions and well fleshed out depictions of the many characters as well. The narration was superb and held my attention from beginning to end, even during the parts that were somewhat graphic and difficult to hear.Quite a debut.
I've totally enjoyed the entire series and of course was eagerly awaiting the latest entry. In my opinion this story was far inferior to the others - I have no problem with reading about the film industry but it was a shallow and thin plot, at times silly without being amusing, and definitely not enough Holmes. Maybe it's just an earnest attempt at feminism but often Mary's comments about Holmes make it difficult to understand why she bothers. I find it offputting and sometimes downright unpleasant and distracting. As always Jenny Sterlin does a competent job in her narration. I won't give up on the series yet but this one was slim pickings indeed.
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