I would highly recommend the story, but find another copy. The recording quality on this edition is poor. There are often noises in the background, like sirens or engines, and it is easy to tell when different takes were edited together because the sound quality changes completely. Sometimes it sounds like it was recorded in a sound studio, other times in a muffled closet, and sometimes it sounds like it was recorded in a living room while the yard is being mowed outside.
The narrator did very well in spite of the sound quality. He really brought the story to life and made me fear these Martians, even after all the times I have read this book before. I love this book, and it has always been one of my favorites. I only wish that the sound quality was smoother and less distracting.
I have always loved The Farseer Trilogy, and have read it repeatedly in paperback form. When I found out that it was available in audiobook format, I immediately downloaded it for use on long roadtrips. The story is as good as ever, and I will probably listen to it many more times, but I cannot say that I cared at all for the performance given in this reading.
I don't know who I would have chosen instead to read this story, but I do know that the performer should be able to tell the story without odd pauses and mispronunciations that make it sound like he is reading the story aloud without the benifit of a pre-reading.This story is told from a first person perspective, and as such I believe that the performer (I hesitate to use the word
As I said before, I love The Farseer Trilogy. I have every intention of listening to the whole series. I would prefer a different performer, but as there are no other options, I will simply have to deal with it. I thouroughly enjoyed having this story available to me even though I didn't have time to sit down and read it.Robin Hobb is an amazing author. This book, and the rest in this series, are among my very favorite books!
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