Rolla, MO, USA | Member Since 2014
It's hard for me to say 100% how I feel about this book due to the bait and switch with the narrator. I pick my audiobooks extremely carefully, just as often due to the narrator or quality of narration. This particular reader, Carrington MacDuffie I had never heard of so... I played the sample. After hearing a male narrator with a pleasant enough sounding voice, I purchased the book.
Due to the fact that the actual narrators name could be either male or female, I naturally assumed it was male because of the sample provided. Wrong. As far as I can tell the sample reader only reads the lead-in, although I can't be positive he does not appear anywhere else due to the fact it is unlistenable. There are certain genres and titles where a female narrator is just fine, but in my opinion they tend to caricaturize male voices, making them sound ridiculous. Picture your mom talking to you sternly as a child. This one is no different. Women characters sound just fine, but the males to a man sound like a bad noir film. I am disappointed Mr Coben did not choose Scott Brick, but at least he did not attempt to read it himself again. The story seems interesting, but the misleading sample really left a bad taste in my mouth. So, members beware: The sample is not the narrator!
Baldacci wrote this in 2000, and it is being packaged as a new release. Knowing that the more foolish among us (yes me) would take this to mean newly written as well. Well this is a rehash of a pretty good story Ill admit, but one I have already read and paid for. Baldacii is not the only author who does this but I wish they would all stop. Put the original publish dates on your audible page please! That would make it just a little less shady. I suspect I will get my money back.
When I search for audios on Audible, my first step is to look for a new Brick narration. this book reminds me why. His depiction of Pendergast makes for extremely enjoyable listening. The story is stuffed to overflowing with rich characters, some over the top as in life, and all are flawed which brings it to the point of believability but not quite. I know this is an older Pendergast book but for some reason I saved it till last. Hopefully they come out with a new one soon. The ONLY critique I have is not of the authors or narrator, or even of the book itself, it's of Audible. Thanks to your moderators allowing commentors to say virtually whatever they want (yes, I saw the tiny spoiler alert. Afterwards.), I was apprised of the ending before I bought it. Please fix your reviews policy. I am pretty sure if someone wanted to know everything about the book from beginning to ending, they would try wikipedia, not read reviews.
This is an incredible novel, I would say it should be his crowning achievement as I don't see him writing a book better than this. brick of course is flawless as narrator and forces you into each persons mind and body as he reads to you.
My ONLY complaint is with the sound quality. i don't know if it was to save money on the upload or server storage since it was 40 hrs, but it sounds like he is reading it speaking through a tin can. From the next room. The enhanced audio was not available on the download, with the highest mb available on each part being low 90's. As most know who download regularly, that just ain't enough for quality product in todays market.
But all in all I would recommend it to anyone, I got used to the sound quality pretty early on and won't feel anything was lacking until I listen to another audio with the proper size file.
The storyline in this book might very well be stellar, but I cannot get past the obvious Wiccan propaganda shoved down my throat during every scene. The power goes off in the world, and all of a sudden everybody is speaking with a ridiculous irish accent and is wiccan. Good fantasy books are good because they can make you forget they are likely written by D&D fanatics, and can make you identify with at least a few of the characters. This one does not. Try doing without the Goddess rants for a few chapters, and let the characters speak naturally and within their own time period please. It is a shame because the story looked really good. The authors religious and political views were all too evident in this story for me to enjoy. I felt as though I was being preached to. Would not recommend.
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