Joe Hill definitely inherited his father's (Stephen King, in case any did not know) talent, and the stories here were as fantastic and entertaining as Heart Shaped Box and Horns, but I was very annoyed listening to this narrator - he read every single story in a nasally, exaggerated childish tone as if he were reading a children's story!! I will avoid this narrator in the future :(
The story was great - I waited until the last book and bought the whole set of audiobooks to listen to, back-to-back, so I could get the whole story at once. The story is so detailed, it was just too difficult to keep up with reading each book as it came out. But I do love the fact that Michael Scott incorporates characters from mythologies of all cultures and civilizations in this adventure. What I liked least in this installment was the narrator, Paul Boehmer, who apparently knows nothing about mythologies of any culture by his terrible mispronunciations, which, to me, were very annoying and distracting.
I'd have to say my favorite character was Shakespeare - like most of us at some point in life, he made a bad decision once and was misjudged by it for a very long time. He redeemed himself rather well.
He managed to mispronounce every single god/goddess's name in this! Perhaps I am over-sensitive to this as I am a mythology buff, but narrators should be required to learn how to pronounce the names of the characters in the book they are reading/performing
I could see the whole Nicholas Flamel series being made into a series of movies like Harry Potter, or a mini-series at the very least. The special effects would be costly, but well worth it, I think.
I bought this book for the love of mythology, and the material itself was wonderful. But even with the most interesting material, if your presenter doesn't do his job well, you lose the whole thing. Mr. Sand reads this like a weary college professor who is completely bored with his subject, and is just trying to get through it as quickly as possible.
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