THis is from perspective of someone who LOVES Diana Gabaldon's OUtlander series, and absolutely LOVES what Davina Porter has done with it. So to answer to this is NO.
Can't think of one....
The oldest crow?.... But honestly I am so used to her voice in my head with Outlander, Jamie, Claire that hearing her voice with this narration, did not spark any interest in me.
Yes, I could. Laini Taylor is a very, very talented writer. Have no idea...
First off, I think Laini Taylor is an excellent writer. I am a Big fan of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy. I bought this book based on that. And since I KNOW Davina Porter is a phenomenal narrator, thought that I would enjoy story. It is a great story, and I may get the kindle edition, but Davina's voice just could not keep my attention, it was offsetting with this story.
I really tried, but I couldn't get past Chapter 3. Once I find myself paying more attention to what I am doing, and then rewinding to get back to prior part or looking for other books while listening to this I know the book isn't for me. I have even tried to listen to another of Georgette Heyer's mysteries narrated by Uli. I even tried to speed up the narration, nothing doing. It just didn't keep my interest. Will maybe try another but I doubt it.
You know you have a great story AND a great narrator (after all this is an audiobook), when you are hooked by the first paragraph. This is a book that satisfies on both accounts. Like I daresay Davina Porter (that Goddess of narrators) and Diana Gabaldon (All Hail). For a person who grew up in Southern Louisiana in the country parishes and NOLA knowing backstories or histories about persons or families is a plus. It what we as Southerners do. LOVED IT. I am very picky about my narrators, especially if they are supposed to be a from the South or Louisiana. Also if that narrator actually keeps me interested in the story. This narrator 's accent and performance is wonderful. I buy a lot of audiobooks and return a lot of of books because I don't like either the story or delivery. This is a keeper. I am going to look at her backlist and buy another. I have not not even a finished listening to this book and I am writing this.
I honestly don't remember where I saw the recommendation from, but I am SO glad I bought this. I have been.looking for Good audiobooks set in the pics South, whether a myster, fiction, urban planning fantasy, or romance and have eitjert read or write listened to more popular ones. You know a book is not funny when you are getting funny looks while running errands because you are launghing. Dirk Devlin LOL!!! I will update when finished.
Being from New Orléans, I know dumb or crazy accents that are supposed to represent my city or my state (Southern Louisiana). There is a difference between Northern and Southern Louisiana (ask someone born and raised there). This narrator in NO way sounds like he is from Louisiana. Only could get through prologue.
I wasn't to optimistic about the laughing out loud claims made by commenters about funny audiobooks, but I am happy to say that they were right! This book is hilarious. I am not even finished; just had to write this review. You will not regret getting this listen!!
I tried. I love John Grisham's work; and the printed version of this is probably great. The Audible version, not so much. I have skipped 2 chapters, increased speed of story and still this narrator's pace drove me crazy. When I find myself skipping chapters it's sign that the book will not work for me. I love that you can return audiobooks here so easily.
Let me start off by saying I hate the narrator for Olivia/Eden. She sounds like the lady who is the voice of Lisa Simpson. Very, very annoying voice. I like the other narrator's voice for Olivia. But you get used to it Olivia'voice eventually. She does start her chapters with a nasal quality to her voice (Olivia), but didn't stop me from listening. This book will reel you in. It will have you asking yourself "Why? Why is that happening? What did they do that for? What does it mean? Who is that? What is going to happen next?" This series is going to be a nice rollercoaster ride. Can't wait to see what will happen next for Olivia/Eden and Gabriel! Give this story a try, you won't be disappointed.
This story had a great start, but plot moves too slow, it kind of plods along. I listened to about half the book (maybe less than half), but I couldn't continue. I may start later in series with another book, but I doubt it. This will be happily returned.
I tried. I really did. But when I start stopping a book to listen to another I know it's time to give up the ghost. The plot was boring, very slow paced. And narration could have been better. Her voice was very annoying at times. I finally stopped and returned this after I started skipping chapters. I am so glad Audible lets you return any books you don't like.
Initially this series started out okay. This book was my favorite. Joe Abercrombie does not give any backstory. Which I prefer; but it also amps up the "need to know factor". So I can't stop listening. Some of these characters I could not stand! I wanted to slap Jezal, I started to find myself skipping his chapters, then I would scold myself because what if I missed something!? So I would go back to listen, painfully. I also wanted to slap Bayaz, he was so pompous and callous. My favorite characters were Logan Ninefingers and his boys. I could not finish series, it became too stupid in the end, but all of the books are well written and the Narrator is Great. You can tell who the different characters are. It is an okay read, but if I would have known what I was getting myself into, I would not have started series.
I have to say I am in the minority about this book. This author does not give a lot of backstory, which I prefer. But he writes in such a way that makes me curious to see what is next. So I continue to read. Some of the characters are Very annoying. Narration is on point though. I kept reading out of curiosity more than anything else. Listening to this book was not a very pleasant experience for me.
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