I have only gotten 2 hours 19 mins into the recording and got completely lost as the thread of the story was dropped. I looked up the print version of the book and have found that sections of the book have been chopped out and stuck in at other points. I was tripped up at the point where Blackie is looking at her future and despairing of it, and suddenly the story jumps into the middle of a conversation. Literally into the middle of it. You've no idea who was speaking or what they were speaking about. I looked it up in the print version to discover it's actually the continuation of the conversation between Rupert and James that you thought was done because the recording moved on. In the book it's all one conversation. Since this is a mystery, I find this chopping up of the story most distressing. I now have to wonder what else has been misplaced and is misleading me. Or worse, what's been chopped out completely. I had always thought that unabridged meant that I was going to get to listen to the book as the author wrote it. I'm very glad that I used one of my monthly credits for this book instead of $73.75! This is really a shame, and I probably would not be so frustrated if I wasn't sure this was an excellent story. I suppose I shall have to put up with the choppiness and keep referencing the print book when the recording doesn't flow.
Having listened to Ward narrate the previous books, I really can't listen to Benjamin's voices for male characters. She sounds as though she's telling a story to little children and using her "big bad wolf" gruff voice. I shall repurchase this title with the Thorne narration.
I felt just the opposite of another reviewer, in that I enjoyed the story and characters greatly but feel that the story deserved a much better reader. The reader often gave me the feeling that he was reading a children's story. I kept hearing "Once upon a time..." I particulary noticed it during dialog. I got the feeling that he didn't understand the depth of some situations and can't relate to the characters or their feelings. That said, it didn't ruin the book, just pulled you back to reality occasionally.
Characters with depth, twisting plots, and a polished ending. A very satisfying tale.
I've been reading Margaret Weis for years, and I was thrilled when I saw "Mistress of Dragons". All I can say is, "More! More!"
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