No -very muddled recording with needless background noise
Introduction and better sound quality would have helped
This one is more of a page turner and clear storytelling and apart from the opening scenes in Cornwall about halfway through the book and less like some of the more indirect and streamy style for which his earlier classic novels are celebrated.
This book is not terribly chock a block with action (though there some battle scenes) but the overall sense of it I got was that the author was really trying to describe more details and smaller parts of the world he has created. The overall story is advanced is advanced...somewhat. I found the description of the ins and outs of the new society to be interesting and will definitely read more but this book may not be the best thing for those who care more about "what happens next" and plotty aspects.
Personally, these books now to me are more about exploring the new created environment than the whole tried and true good v. evil storyline. Although I would like to know more about the world of those folks in Nantucket stuck in 1200 BC and how it will all tie together.
Sure there's too much redstate ramblings and gun fondling and the action scenes probably could have been edited down by 50% but its a good old-fashioned ripping yarn about baddies and monsters. A guilty pleasure like Ernest movies
You might recognize some of the stories from magazines. While the odd circumstances seem to standout, the stories to me seem to be about actual humans. The series of stand-alone but yet interconnected stories adds another level and forces the listener to pay attention. While I have heard better narrators, this one is not really that bad- very clear and not distracting which is about 90% of all I expect anyway. The only complaint was that in one story, her voice conveyed a very snarky female voice for what was a male narrator but otherwise competent.
The track contains only the first four stories only (each one repeated). Those 4 stories are fairly good ghost stories
Not Sherlock Holmes but a good example of Victorian-era ghostie stories. If you like HR Haggard, this might be interesting too. Good audio quality but narrator's attempt at accents are not that successful.
Enjoyed this lesser-known work (to me at least) greatly although it took a bit to get started. It is very easy to get wrapped up and feel a part of Dickens'world by the middle of volume 1. I will definitely listen to all 3 volumes.
However while the straight narration was very good and easily listenable, I found the narrator's "character voices" grating and often not understandable (especially women and children). There is something to be said for doing away with attempted accents generally in narrations) Also I would recommend in future recordings doing away with the musical interludes and other non-vocal sound effects- they are distracting and jarring especially to one listening with earbuds.
I kept getting this author and her "Undead" series recommended to me by shopping programs so I thought I'd check it out. It is pretty funny to me -a non-vampire romance aficiondo- though kind of hard to jump into the middle of book 4. I hope audible makes the other 3 on audio available soon.
The narrator is is pretty good but slightly overdoes the "snarkiness" of the delivery. Hint for future recordings- tone it down just a notch (especially for 20 year old Johnny of the B's who is made to sound 12) and it would be even better
Intereting fantasy story if you like that sort of thing but would have been better with an unaccented, less trilling voice providing the narration. The faux heroic English accent is grating.
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