Wow! Boring boring boring. This is a weak book in the urban fantasy genre. Chock-full of cliches, I couldn't find myself liking any of the characters. More often than not, I found myself thinking they deserved all their angst. They have no depth, they all come across like wannabe actors in some C grade movie. I'm halfway through the audiobook and I can't stand K.B. Stanford's nasal, boring, characterless narration anymore. The woman makes some of hottest sex scenes sound boring. And her pronunciation is abysmal. A jaguar is not pronounced jagwire! I'm done with this one.I still want to know how the story ends, I'll look for the book in print.
is to listen to the story on 1.5x speed on audible. OMG, he is SO BAD. I of course finished this story last year when it came out, I was seriously disappointed then, and I feel this sense of doom every time I think about it. I'm writing this review now, because having waited for The Blood of Olympus for all this time, it will be out in a couple of weeks, and IT's THE SAME LOUSY NARRATOR!! I have not listened to any of Nick Chamian's work, I only know he is absolutely not the right narrator for this story.
I am so so so disappointed. Oh Joshua Swanson, where art thou?
I waited for this story with bated breath, I tortured myself by not jumping on it as soon as I downloaded it, I wanted to savor each and every delicious moment of Harry, I finished listening to it as soon as I could possibly could, and then I was at a stalemate. I couldn't decide whether I liked it or not.
I left it alone for a couple of months, I felt ready to give it a listen once more, I finished it again in one shot, and then I was at a standstill - again. I couldn't decide whether I liked it or not.
I still haven't decided - entirely. There are some brilliant moments in the story. I loved the end, I can't wait to find out where Harry goes next. I know for sure I will be listening to this again. But - for the first time in a Dresden story, I will be fast forwarding through some scenes. I won't call them out, but IMO some situations and dialogues just seemed forced. In other situations I felt Harry really should have known better and was just being an ass. In some scenes the narration seemed way over the top and distracted from the story. The high that Small Favors, Turncoat and Changes left me at is yet to be reached.
BUT - it's Harry and Marsters. I'll hang with them for as along as the ride lasts.
I wish they hadn't changed the narrator. Gerard Doyle is still entertaining, but Allan Corduner was inspired. Doyle is so intense in his enunciation it's at times exhausting listening to him.
The story though continues to be a lot of lighthearted fun, I have the entire series purchased and am looking forward to many many more entertaining hours of easy listening.
I read all these wonderful reviews of this book and narration and joyfully picked it up hoping for a nice new series to listen to. I could not get past the narration. A good narrator can make or break the story and this one broke it for me. All I could think of for each and every sentence out of her mouth was "Captain Kirk"! She has that same annoying cadence in her narration. BOnes! SPock! I had to return this one. I tried, I really tried, but no dice.
Amanda Ronconi is a fantastic narrator. She brings each book she reads literally to life. If it wasn't for her, I'd have tossed this away within the first couple of chapters.
The book had some flashes of brilliance, some fleeting moments of entertainment, overall I couldn't wait for it to finish. Finish it I did, I wanted to finish the story, there was some curiosity about how it would progress, so I guess it was a sale price well spent for the few hours it occupied my mind. Unfortunately I kept expecting Molly Harperesque brilliance which just does not exist in this story.
Get it if it's on sale, otherwise not worth a credit.
I've enjoyed all the books thus far in the series, this one was just odd. I think the narration was odder than the story. Usually, I've really enjoyed Angela Dawe's performances, in this one she was speaking slower than usual with unnecessarily long pauses between sentences and this threw me off. The story developed just about ok, I didn't really end up rooting for either Dev or Katya. They were just OK. The end too - meh! Whatever. The story line didn't add much to the overall world building for me either. Just meh!
I'm listening to the next one in the series now and Angela seems to have got her mojo back. What a difference a good narration makes!
I usually don't write reviews on amazon or audible, but I had to defend this book. I was very hesitant getting this because of all the negative reviews, but took a chance anyway with very low expectations. I kept waiting for the bad silly things to happen - no dice! This was wonderful. Seemed to me Rachel was actually less silly than usual, not once did I find myself thinking - oh not, not again Rachel. She finally grew up! I loved the story, the narration was wonderful as always, it was a meaningful step forward for all characters. I came late to this series, so I'm having a great time powering through all these books without having to wait for the next one. Ignore the negative press, this book does not deserve it.
I downloaded Ghost Story a few months ago, but was hesitant to listen to it. Coming off of a high from Changes, and having read some of the negative reviews here, I was nervous about starting. Changes was such a masterful story and performance, I didn't think any thing could top it. I gave myself a few months to get over the Marsters magic, then nervously started Ghost Story a couple of days ago.
I wanted to hate it. I wanted to dislike John Glover. I felt I was being unfaithful to Marsters by enjoying any of this. But to my absolute joy and amazement, I was won over completely. The story gripped me so hard I couldn't stop listening. I finished it over the weekend.
I will let you read the story reviews on Amazon or in other reviews, what I want to assure you is that if you have any reservations at all about John Glover's performance, lay them to rest. He has done a fantastic job here. The story is amazing and as all other Dresden stories, leaves me wanting more.
I have listened to The City and the City and The Kraken and have got used to John Lee. That said, given the fantastic reviews for Susan Duerden, I really wanted to give her a chance. I could not get used to her monotonous, deadpan narration. I could barely distinguish between narration and dialogue for the most part. The double voice was really interesting, but beyond that, not so much. I don't think John Lee would have been the right narrator for this story, but I did not like Susan much. So much so, I moved to the print book to finish it. I couldn't bear the thought of having to slog through 8 more hours of this monotonous rendition to get to the end of the story.
The story was a bit dark for me. The other Mievilles I've read have seemed almost farcical, this one just seemed to get dark. I was reminded of The Mote in God's Eye in the second half of the book. I did not enjoy this as much as the others I've read. The premise of the story was interesting, I unfortunately guessed what was to come before the reveal so it was a bit spoiled for me. In the end - a lot happened in a very short period. All in all, meh!
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