No, but only because there are SO many other books out there to read/listen to. That said, this HAS been one of my favourites to date!
This man's ability to create mood with his voice is almost unnerving. His characterizations and his narrative style are brilliant, immersive and do an absolutely amazing job bringing the story to life. Well done, Mr. Davis!
A better narrator - see below.
Also, there were elements of the story itself that made little sense.
Just one example among many: Why the need for a landing "strip" when the Ebon Hawk has VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) capabilities? Why couldn't Revan just set the ship down gently in the snow instead of having to half bury it after slamming it into a snowbank at speed and carving a 50-meter furrow?
Also, in other books, Jedi and Sith alike use the Force to reach out and sense living creatures in a given area. But for some reason, Revan can't use the Force to sense a group of Mandalorians in a snow storm? Reminds me of the sensors in ST:TNG - radiation always seemed to interfere with the sensors. Apparently the Force can be hampered by bad weather.
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There were several other similarly odd things within the story that didn't make sense to me.
It was shortly after this point that I stopped listening.
Audiobooks? Yes. But only those read by Marc Thompson. His reading style was annoying enough to me that I stopped listening after just a few chapters. His narration was way over the top, his use of emphasis, far too frequent.
He sounded like a poorly directed radio commercial.
While I was impressed with his range of voice characterizations (I did like the voices of Canderous Ordo and Bastilla), every other character - including Revan himself - sounded petulant.
Further, Revan sounded like he was always doing a voice-over for a suspenseful movie trailer.
And who knew Darth Nyriss was Russian? Her accent made her sound like she was a member of the Politburo, not the Dark Council.
And why does Mr. Thompson pronounce the name of Revan's ship "Eebon Hawk" (long 'e') instead of "Ebon Hawk" (with a short 'e' - the way the word is pronounced in English)?
Too many of these kinds of things kept intruding on my listening of the story to allow me to enjoy and immerse myself in the story. So, I stopped listening.
Perhaps when the sixth book in the series comes out on Audio. I'd be tempted to enjoy volumes 1 through 5 once again before diving headlong into Book 6. And again, before listening to the 7th. (Given Mr. Martin's penchant for having his fans wait quite some time between these brilliantly written books, I think I'd have plenty of time to listen to Mr. Dotrice's narrative between volumes!)
Not yet having finished this volume I can't rightly say. If I had to choose from amongst the characters I've come across so far, I'd have to say Arya for two reasons: First, she has survived the first three volumes -- which for this series is quite an accomplishment! Second, we can see her growing, maturing throughout the story. I quite enjoy the chapters written in her point of view.
His ability to bring to life every single character, from the all-important point-of-view characters down to the most insignificant minor players with but one or two lines.
I don't think I could. As delicious a story as it is, as with every grand meal one must take a break every now and again.
I purchased the 4th audio book in the series some time ago after having listened to the first three that were narrated by Mr. Dotrice. I was surprised to find the 4th narrated by someone else - Mr. John Lee. Having listened to Mr. Dotrice's voice over the first three volumes, to me it had become synonymous with the series. This new voice lent the book a completely different flavor. It wasn't that Mr. Lee was doing a poor job of it. On the contrary - his style lent itself to the story quite well. It's just that he wasn't I'd become accustomed to. So I set it aside for a time. When I found the versions of Books 4 and 5 that *were* read by Mr. Dotrice, I happily purchased them all immediately, started listening and haven't looked back!
My only negative comment about Mr. Dotrice's narrating would be the manner in which he portrays some of his female characters' voices. Granted, most men -- especially those with a voice like that of Mr. Dotrice -- can't be expected to pull off the voice of a 13-yr-old girl. But to make her sound the way I would expect Shakespeare's three witches to sound in Macbeth - scratchy and raw with a healthy dose of Scottish brogue -- that tends to put something of a strain on the ears.
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