I bought this audiobook because I really like the paper version. However, the narrator makes it very difficult to listen to the story. I could not get through the first chapter before giving up. The narrator speaks mostly in a bored voice while reading the story. It is also very obvious that he is only reading the book, not trying to perform. From the way he reads, I have to assume he tried reading the book version and just found it too boring. Because that is what he brings to his performance.The main problem with this audiobook is that the overall quality of the audio performance is very bad. Even for a relatively unknown book the quality put into this audiobook is way below acceptable. Please save yourself the trouble and avoid this audiobook.
I went into this book with low expectations, fully expecting to return it for something else. However, it really is very well done. The sound effects really lend themselves to the story. And the voice actor is CRAZY good. You forget you are only listening to one actor. The story itself was decent. Honestly if it was just the book I would have given up on this one early. But the performace is really top notch and the actor deserves a lot of praise for infusing the book with so much life. Definitely a good read.
I hate to say it, but the only reason I don't like this book is because it's not James Marsters. Its not even that the narrator does a bad job. He is quite good, but he is just not Dresden. I gave up trying to listen a quarter of the way through and just ended up skipping ahead to Cold Days.
There seems to be a "style" of reading that actors use when reading fantasy books. I think of it as "Evil Wizard Voice". It is usually slow and consistent. More focused on creating atmosphere than with the emotional tones of the story. The best way I can explain this is by using another Sanderson book, Steelheart. In Steelheart the narrator is constantly changing his voice to reflect the physical and emotional state of the characters. This makes it feel like you are listening to a radio play. In Mistborn the narrator is using his voice to give the story an "epic fantasy" feeling. Putting a lot of inflection on every word. Drawing the words out, and all in all sounding like an evil wizard monologuing in a self-satisfied way.
I find the "epic fantasy" style boring. It seems to drag on and on. Which sucks because I love fantasy books.
Unfortunately this book really double downs on the epic fantasy style. So if that is not your cup of tea then do yourself a favor and buy the paper version of Mistborn instead.
Neil Gaiman's performance is shockingly good. He reading of this book is an incredible performance.
I tried reading the paper version of Ready Player One twice but couldn't really get into it. I never even got to the end of Anorak's Invitation. I decided to give the audio version a try and I have since listened to the story three times.
Wil Wheaton takes the somewhat dry material and injects a whole lot of life into it. He brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to his reading. This really made the long expositions enjoyable. He also does a very good job bringing the characters to life.
This is definitely a must try.
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