The He said, She said identifying comments, in the text were delivered in a manner that was distracting to the whole. The voice had little to no emotional inflection. The story was too close and at the same time too different to the original to be a comfortable fit for readers who enjoyed the original. The overall book was OK, and probably would have been more OK if the reader/listener had never read the original. I, however, would not have purchased it if I had listened to the voice of the narrator first,
The book was totally enjoyable. The plot was far fetched and this disassociation with the "real" world made it prime entertainment.
I read the book, because it was the only thing I had with me for a fairly long plane ride, and there was a crying child in the seat in front of me so the ear buds helped to limit the external noise. I would not have purchased the book had I known how explicit and the orientation of the sex. Also - the ending left you in the air. The narrator began with an accent with a near eastern flavor and morphed into a pseudo Scots accent.
The writing quality is consistantly good in all of Terry Brooks' efforts. I was hesitant to purchase the book because I really like Scott Brick as narrator and was not sure I would like the transition to Paul Boehmer. I was right. While Paul Boehmer's voice is not unpleasant, the difference in the voices is a huge distraction from the story for me. I keep listening for the inflections/tonal quality in the other volumes and not hearing them. I believe that it is a mistake to switch narrators in the middle of a series. I will probably purchase book 3, but under protest and only becasue I want all the books in the series on Audio.
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