I often wonder who decides what narrator to use and how they decide it. I know the author, in most cases, has nothing to do with the choice and that many authors groan when they hear their book in audio. I groaned the whole time I listened to this book. Another good story ruined by a valley girl narrator.
The narrator is horrid, making the male sound like some kind of gorrilla, and the story is flat and unrealistic. A person with amnesia doesn't remember how they like coffee or their favorite toothpaste.
I couldn't get past the sixth chapter.
I am really disappointed with this offering. This guy should not and cannot write romance, and his effort to write romance into fantasy made this just plain dumb. Don't waste your credits.
The preview of this book is VERY misleading. This is some kind of a religious preach poorly disguised as a romance. DON"T waste your credits.
This is likely the worst example of historical romance I have ever suffered through, and I couldn't suffer it all the way. After 3 different attempts I left it with 5 hours and 11 minutes to go. If there is a story somewhere there, I would think it should have started somewhere in the first 4 hours, not the last 5. Angela Dawe is a good narrator. I hope she was well paid for having to suffer through reading this.
The mind that has created this series of stories is almost impossible to imagine. Mr. Aaronovitch uses his well developed skill to spread out a story that contains elements of mystery, humor, fantasy and magic. And he captures the reader in his trap and holds you to the very end.
Add the talent of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith and you have book/movie because the audio is so good it builds mind pictures.
This is a keeper.
I like Garwood's work. She writes technically correct books that usually are really entertaining. That said, The Prize does not sit high on my list.
I found Nicolas to be insecure and demanding to a point of being pathetic. She just wasn't a strong mate for Royce and made him look shabby.
I would not recommend this as one of Garwood"s books that need to be in your library. There are plenty of her other books that deserve that position.
In the first book of this series - Cloud Roads - Ms Wells built the solid foundation for the realistic world of the Raksura. Anyone who reads fantasy looks for that kind of foundation because an unrealistic fantasy world just doesn't work.
With The Serpent Sea Ms Wells has continued to tell this story within this world and with her original characters while strengthening the story by adding more and more solid characters and developing the challenges they face.
Her descriptions are strong and well written and never over the top.
Again, my personal opinion is that Mr. Kipiniak's narration falls short, but is not enough to steal the brightness of this story.
The true test for me of the quality of a series is of course whether I want to continue, and the final book of this series is already one I am enjoying as well as the first two.
While the narrator fell a little short, his narration did not detract enough to run the five star rating of this book. Ms. Wells follows the first rule of fantasy and creates a believable world with realistic heroes and enemies.
The book drags you into the world and makes you want to stay. An outstanding first book for a series.
Poor attempt to tell a backward history. It is poorly written and poorly narrated, and fails to incite any interest.
Definitely do not make the mistake I did and lose track of this book in your library. It is a fine piece of modern literature. Now if you are not a Brit, you may not relate entirely to the story and its humor, but you can be forgiven that weakness and still find it a very entertaining time spent.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smythe is a talented young British actor who has brought his skill to narrating Aaronovitch's books in a big way.
So take an extremely well written piece of fiction and put it in the hands of an extremely talented artist, and you have a guaranteed 10 hours of entertainment.
Buy it and love it and expect it to addict you to the pair and be happy there are half a dozen books by the same pair.
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