Lois McMaster Bujold, Yes. Jessica Almasy, No.
Possibly pre-reading the text? It seemed as though the narrator was reading the lines for the first time, much of the inflections and tones were off target. Regardless, I thought that another narrator would have been much better. Anna Fields?
This series may not be for everyone, it's dark and violent, but I loved both reading and listening to the books. Steven Pacey does an amazing job narrating all three books in the series, different voices for almost every character, always right on the money with a variety of accents. One of the best performances I've ever listened to.
Poorly written and with the narrator insisting on overacting every line, this book is full of misused words ("Pagan" to describe Muslims for example), unrealistic characters and just very poor writing in general. Characters will be dying of thirst, drinking their own urine, and then inexplicably travel another week with no more mention of water. Every battle includes limbs and heads flying off like tennis balls and the main character has extremely emotional moments roughly every other page.
Just simply awful to try to listen to. Maybe it would be tolerable to read, because it's written for the 6th grade level reader, but listening to it narrated was just impossible.
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