This entire series by George RR Martin is magnificent, but the audible books even rise above the print due to the wonderful voice range of Roy Dotrice. He should get an award for these books, and the characters that he makes come alive. Every character is so unique,..I especially love Jaqen H'ghar. Unfortunately, he has been replaced in A Feast for Crows.
I have been plus minus for Scott Brick over the years because he can be a bit "sing songy". But he is perfect in this book. He absolutely fits the character, and does a great job with all the characters, not just the protagonist. There were no draggy points, the book kept me interested start to finish. Having read all of the books in my favorite detective series, I am so happy to find a new detective series to read through. Was worried my gym workouts would come to a halt without a good audible backup. Highly recommended for anyone who likes modern detective.
I can always be guaranteed hours of wonderful entertainment with any of the Stone Barrington novels. The novels may be a bit formulaeic, but who cares? The characters are great in themselves, and are made really special by the wonderful narration of Tony Roberts. I can't wait for the gravely New York voice of Dino Bachetti,-- the easy going tough as nails sidekick who never fails to save Stone from some local bad guy. My only concern is that I am running out of Stone Barrington novels.
I was worried about reading a book by a non-Japanese author, but this was unfounded. The book is very Japanese. Another reviewer said "no one talks like that", but actually, upper class courtly Japanese would seem very stilted in English. And the narrator, who is probably a native speaker, pronounces Japanese names beautifully. This book reminded me of the beautiful Japanese countryside, and makes me want to go back--this time to Hokkaido. I rated it 4 stars because nothing compares to Tales of the Otori...
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