Lawhead's books are always intricate and detailed, showing the careful research into his subjects and time. While his prose can be overly wordy, I find his explanations and backgroud material to be highly interesting. His character development is excellent.
The reader sounds like a character out of Dragnet. His performance is so dry, toneless, and yes - boring, that I found him a total distraction. He succeeded in nearly destroying my enjoyment of the book. He is so difficult to listen to that I kept losing track of the story. I needed to keep repeating passages of the book in order to follow the story line.
I will nevery buy another book read by this reader.
Many of the reviews I read of this book dissed the new narrator. I disagree entirely. I found his performance to be top flight. His acting ability and vocal range added tremendously to an already excellent book. I intend to find other books that he has read.
As for the story itself - Butcher has produced another excellent tale. However, in this volume I felt that he indulged in a bit too much preachyness, explanation and repetition.That's why I only gave it 4 stars.
I knew before I started that Dresden was still alive, (I'd read the blurb of the next book when making my audible purchases) but the ending and the manner of his survival were entirely satisfying and entertaining. I didn't get anywhere near that surprise ending in my guesses. I won't provide spoilers here - go read for yourself.
I recommend it highly and am about to start in on the next volume. Well done, Mr Butcher. I hope you continue writing this series. I can't wait to see (hear) what comes next!
The book was middle-of-the-road for this particular series. I like the series but this narrator was so irritating that it was difficult to listen to. She makes women's voices sound squeeky - like cartoons. She needs a lot more practice and better vocal ranges.
This is a wonderful book by one of my favorite authors. It continues the story of Paks' friends from Fox company with several surprising twists. Can't wait for the next one.
Angela had good voices and vocal differentiation but she didn't do her homework. She absolutely butchered the pronunciations of the people and places in the book, as well as many ordinary words in the English language. I absolutely cringed every time and found it extremely distracting. I highly recommend that any reader who takes over a series first listen to the previous books and find out how all the other readers pronounced things.
Elizabeth, I know you not our "bi*ch", but when is the next one coming out?
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