I have not finished this and am trying to hang in there, but wanted to jump on to warn others- the reviewers who said the narrator sounded like William Shatner are being kind. She sounds slightly drunk & the sibilant s's in her speech make me cringe. I feel sorry for the author because there may be a decent story here, but I'm having difficulty gettting past the stilted pronounciation to follow the plotline. I have an image of someone shoving her the pages as she's trying to read them. It really makes me angry for the writer and for us, the consumers, that the audio company can't be bothered to hire quality performers.
Haven't finished yet....
No, no and NO
Not sure- get back to me if I finish this one.....
Tavia Gilbert & Lorelei King should start a training school for narrators.....Just saying.
Imagine my surprise, as a WV native, to realize the story is set in MY county. Most stories that have anything to do with coal-mining are set in the southern part of the state, so I was thrilled to know it was set in my own back yard!
That it was completely unexpected- the characters were fresh and interesting, and the premise was unlike anything I've read/listened to.
No, and at first I really didn't feel his voice fit the characters, since he sounds much older than the majority of them. But after I became immersed in the story, I didn't mind his narration. I could easily tell the difference between the characters, and his accents are very good.
There is a lot of humor in the story, and I also feared for the characters during the fight sequences. That's the sign of a good story.
In the future I may read or listen to the other books in the series. I'm interested to find out what happens to the inhabitants of Grantville!
Near the top of the list!
Learning more of Magnus's inner thoughts at a time when he wasn't being so snarky.
Everything- it was the best narration of the Bane Chronicles series. And I was pleasantly surprised to realize that he's Felix from BBC's "Orphan Black" series!
Yes- I wish it was longer; I love The Bane Chronicles.
I hope someone hires Jordan to do more audiobooks.
The vapid, whiny, wimpy heroine and the sociopathic main male character. I think the author was going for Mr. Darcy, but totally missed the mark.
Yes- if "Fifty Shades" is anything like this, I won't read it.
I felt he was excellent- but I hope they paid him extra; no one could convince me to read this tripe aloud. I felt bad that he was wasting his talent on this. Ugh.
No, I was listening at work & kept muttering "Oh my god" every time the whiny main character, Julia, started up with her passive-aggressive, "I'm a tortured, sensitive victim" routine. I literally wanted to shake her- I mean, c'mon, she kisses this guy in her teens, falls obsessively in love with him to the exclusion of any other relationships, then is secretly hurt because the narcissist doesn't remember her years later? Ladies, if you want strong, lead female characters, read Jane Austin---or even Jeaniene Frost. The characters in this book don't progress, it's just the same thing over and over, ad nauseum.
I literally Googled the author because I didn't believe she was an actual person. I kept picturing a nun writing a version of what she thought was a naughty story. The dialog and situations were so stilted that I thought it might be set in another time, like the early 60's, until they mentioned a cell phone. I gave up on this about halfway through- I'll leave it on my MP3 player, but I don't really care enough to find out what, if anything, is motivating the characters. They say the mark of a good story is when you want to find out what happens next- I just don't care.
Show instead of tell
Tavia Gilbert is the only narrator who could have made this story palatable.
All of them.
This has to be the worst thing I've listened to ever. Thank God it was only 2 hours long. The prose was heavy, the story was flat, the narration was overdown, and the whole thing was a creepy mess.
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