Donaldson's series "the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant", of which, this is the 1st book in the 3rd Trilogy, is one of the greatest works in all of Fantasy. The narrrator, Scott Brick is masterful at telling the story. He has a warm, pleasing voice that resonnates with all the emotion and excitement Donaldson intended. Very well done indeed.
This is not a review of the book itself, but rather, the Recording quality, or lack thereof.
In the first place, the book is read in sections by half a dozen or so different people. This makes perfect sense if each reciter is taking different character(s), but this is not the case. Rather, 1 voice will do a section, often not even a whole chapter, and then another voice starts up for no apparent reason. It's absurd. All it succeeds in doing is making the story sound disjointed.
But, what is even worse is the horrible EQ applied to the recording. It's very thin sounding with far too much silibance, and the different voices makes it impossible to compensate with your own EQ.
I don't get it. When you stop to think of everything it takes to record an entire book unabridged, one has to wonder why they didn't get it properly recorded. It doesn't make it unlistenable, but it's not good. It's a shame.
The narrator's voice is so thin and annoying, I couldn't even listen to this for more than 20 mins or so. I tried everything to fatten the voice up and make it bearable. Talk about disappointing! I used the highest quality audio setting available too.
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