It was not a terrible narration, just not very good. The narrator's idea of giving each character a unique voice tended to come down to assigning them random bad accents.
For those who've read the series: He gives Mahoney a bad British accent. That's gotta be some kind of sacrilege to commit on an Irishman. And apparently the Eternal Emperor is an Aussie now.
It doesn't ruin the experience altogether, but it does detract from what ought to be a fun military SF action-adventure. I probably won't get the second in the series, unless it's free or cheap. "Sten" is a better read than a listen.
John Glover is a good narrator. His voice sounds markedly older than James Marsters', which is a bit jarring, and of course he presents a slightly different characterization, but it's still quite good as a stand-alone effort. If he'd been narrating the series from the beginning, I would probably have been okay with that. My review isn't a criticism of Glover, it's an acknowledgment that James Marsters' narration was something special: That rare circumstance where a narrator actually enhances the material he reads. That's not something you find easily or often, and when you do the result is pretty spectacular. I enjoyed reading the previous books in this series, but I enjoyed listening to them even more.
Honestly, I'm probably going to buy the next Dresden audiobook when it comes out no matter who narrates it, because I'm very invested in the series. But my respect for the producers, and my hopes for the improving standards of quality and craftsmanship in audiobooks as an entertainment medium, will plummet if they don't bring back Marsters.
First, the narration was quite good. Boyett does a good job. The books sounds fine.
It's just... a weak effort on Ringo's part. Feels almost more like a continuation of "Citadel", the second book in the series, than a separate novel. Few new plot threads are introduced. Fewer still are resolved. The first half of the book is functionally a diatribe against South American cultural values... and I haven't the slightest idea why that needed to be in the book. Lots of didactic "This is why you're wrong" speeches. Worse, this all has basically no effect on the the space battle at the end of the book. The book ends suddenly, without much in the way of resolution.
I like this series. I hope it gets better again. If it doesn't it won't be worth reading (or listening to).
Jim Butcher's Dresden Files books are some of the best things I've read in recent memory. Fun, exciting, tense, witty and well-written. Storm Front is a great start on a series that only ever seems to get better.
Marsters' narration is solid and engaging, although he seems to have a few problems with breathing and reading. Very minor, not really an issue. This disappears in later books, and his narrations go from solid to superb. I really couldn't imagine anyone else as the voice of Harry Dresden. This series is almost better to listen to than read (almost).
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