Let me start by saying that this is a great story, and classic Terry Goodkind. If you like his other books, this is more of his excellence. The narrator, Kellie Fitzgerald, does a good job, and is a fitting role since this is told from a female point of view. She is clear, easy to understand and relaxing to listen to. All in all, I would recommend this.
However.. it seems that every now and then there is a bad edit in the audio file. It is very strange, and it seems to be (possibly) where they may have stopped and picked up again from taking a break, they started from the same sentence where they left off and forgot to edit out the extra sentence. It is very strange and distracting. I'm about halfway through the audiobook so far, and it has already happened about 5 times. This is the only thing i can think of that would explain this, because Kellie doesn't read the sentence quite the same way both times. I thought perhaps that somehow my phone skipped back a few seconds somehow at first, but the past couple times it has happened, i have gone back, watched the playback bar, and verified that the playback is continuous, it doesn't skip backwards. Hopefully they fix this soon.
Other than the above issue, it is a good audiobook, like we have come to expect from Terry Goodkind's books. If they fix this issue, it will be great. Thanks for reading!!
I've listened to and enjoyed the first two audiobooks of this series, The Lightning Thief and Sea of Monsters. I am still not entirely sure how i feel about Jesse Bernstein as the narrator though. I can understand the choice, as Percy Jackson is supposed to be 12-16 years old in the series, and Jesse's voice kind of fits that age range. However, now and then he seems to change his voices that he has chosen for his characters, and doesn't seem to give them much inflection. The most awkward parts are when the book says that a character shouted, but it is still spoken the same as the rest of the dialogue. Perhaps though i've been spoiled by Gerard Doyle's flawless narrations of the Inheritance series. For the most part though, especially when only narrating the main 2-3 characters, Jesse does a good job.
My big problem with this book is the climax. No spoilers, but the climax seemed really similar to the original, rejected ending for the Independence Day movie. I thought it was a very strange choice, especially considering how relatively well-put-together and plausible (or, as plausible as a fantasy series based on ancient greek gods can be) as the rest of the stories have been so far. It really didn't fit the flow at all, and really seemed to come out of nowhere. There were some other strange choices in this book now and then as well. I suppose in a fantasy series i'm not expecting there to be a chapter called "Grover Rides a Lamborghini" I'm a car lover, but it seems out of place to have Apollo showing up in a Maserati in this type of book. The other books up to this point have pretty much kept brand names out of the story, and i wish that Riordan would have done so in this one as well. It just doesn't fit in this kind of fantasy story.
Overall, this one doesn't live up to the first two, and it is a shame because i think this one has the best potential bad guy so far in the series. The General could have been a very good antagonist. hopefully the 4th and 5th books are better.
I won't deny that this is an interesting, well researched book. But, i do have a problem with the audiobook. It isn't a problem with the narrators, both Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward are very well spoken and very easy to listen to throughout. My problem, is the very strange choice of the back-and-forth between the two. It is extremely distracting at times when they switch back and forth, for example, when reading quotes or suddenly switching passages. with an audiobook, i pay much better attention when there is only one narrator, and for this book, i believe, it is very important to pay attention to the points they are trying to make. I feel that the audiobook could have been much better executed by perhaps Richard Dawkins reading one chapter, then Lalla Ward reading the next chapter. that would be much, much less distracting.
The only other problem that i have is that both Richard and Lalla can come off as very condescending, and pompous even, during some of the issues they discuss. While for the most part, i would agree with most of what they are saying, they seem to come off as abraisive in those instances. However, if you watch or listen to Richard Dawkins in interviews, lectures, etc., that just seems to be his personality in general, so that may be more of an issue i have with him, rather than the book itself.
Overall, i would recommend this book, however, i would rather recommend the Kindle or standard book editions, simply because of the distracting narrative styles used in the audiobook.
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