I have read the story before and enjoyed it again the second time around, years later.
Van Dyck is a good narrator. Not great, but good. Nobody can compare to George Guidall and obviously this story needs a female narrator so the comparison is unjust. Just a bit over the top as far as theatricality at first, but perfectly fine after getting used to her style.
I am enjoying this series very much. One of the main characters is such a sad character and such an idiot and so naive, it is hard to believe that a series of books, a really good series of books, is centered in large part on his actions.
For reasons I cannot explain, I am not getting into the political intrigue. However, I especially like the main characters. Starts a little slow, but picks up and is worth the wait.
If you like the earlier books, you will like this one a well. It is going to sound strange, given the horrendous things that happen to some characters, but the goody-goody-ness is a bit much. Everyone is too... good or too evil. The tone is annoying at times. I know Arvid is caught in between but even he is too good.
Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy this series, but it is a not of the caliber of Brian Sanderson's Mistborn series. J.V. does a good job as narrator, too.
The story is vintage Grisham and I enjoyed listening to it. However, in the end, I felt it was short. I think Grisham could have done more with it. Probably unfair of me to say so as the story had plenty of characters and twists and turns. So, I am not sure why I am saying so. The narrator was not the cause of my minor dissatisfaction, he did his job well.
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