This is painful. Read the other reviews before buying. The author is a poor narrator and some one should have told him. A friend recommended the book. Wish I'd bought the book instead of wasting a credit. I'm really gonna need to focus in order to get through it. Shame.
I haven't yet finished the book, but it has often become annoying and that is due mainly to the narration. I am an enormous Kadrey fan. His Sandman Slim series is unrivaled and the narration of Macleoud Anders is perfectly matched for Kadrey's gritty and intelligent writing style. And I'm a fan of Jonathon Davis so imagine my disappointment.
The problem is, Jonathon Davis is the wrong narrator for Kadrey. His pace and tone are continually off. There are pauses or emphasis that come off as the attempt to be gritty or dark and all I'm left repeatedly thinking is that Davis cannot do Kadrey. His characterizations are okay, but they are all delivered in the same stilted manner.
I seldom write reviews primarily because I'm not good at it, but I had to let other audible Kadrey fans know that if you're looking for the combination of good Kadrey delivered by good narration, this isn't the book. Part of my dissatisfaction could be that this is one of Kadrey's earlier works and he didn't received the best of editing work (that's just conjecture) and in turn Davis is struggling to narrate. What I can definitively say though is that I've been repeatedly annoyed by the narration. I've enjoyed other narration works by Davis. He's a good narrator, but this match up just didn't work.
Get this book. I haven't been this enraptured with a work for a while. Benioff tells a powerful tale from a first-hand perspective. I was at once captivated and unsettled by its realism. And Perlman's talent showed brightly and with solid skill. Get this book. You won't regret it. I'm starting a second listen now just in case I missed even a nuance.
The title made me laugh enough to check out the synopsis and listen to the sample. Glad I did. This is a compelling tale primarily because it is so macabre though still set in the riguors of history. I was initially fascinated, then riveted, then genuinely satisfied. Both the story and the narration are very, very good. Do yourself a favor and listen. I've been telling all of my reader friends about it. "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter". It still makes me laugh.
At long last, the completion of the Inheritance Series. I was a little leary because of the reviews, but I realized that some people are fearless, self-empowered and cruel when anonymous. This fourth book was just what it needed to be. It kept my interest and finished up the storylines brilliantly. I repeatedly found my self wanting the story to never end. What an overall incredible piece of work. Well done. I hope everyone enjoys!
Entertaining, Enjoyable, Enticing
When just what makes Eli special was revealed.
Luke Daniel's is why I chose this audio book. He's an exceptional narrator who brings life and nuances to a story while keeping the listener entertained. His trained voice contains such frolic and levity that its a sure bet the author's story will be well received.
Couldn't tell you about the story because I gave up after an hour. That's how disconcerting the narration was.
Absolutely. i'm a huge Card fan. Just couldn't listen to this book. I'll try reading it.
Never. Both are very poor narrators. And when narration is so very important, like in an audio book, I'd warn all away from wasting a credit.
I have already recommended this book to three of my friends and will continue to give it glowing recommendations. Galilee is a work of tremendous breadth and scope of both characterlines and storylines that are interwoven flawlessly. Clive Barker is a true master story teller.
Not familiar with Paul Hecht's other work, but he is perfect for this book's narration.
I'm 6 hours into this book and want to throw it away. I'm struggling, really struggling to ignore the horrible narration by Frank Muller. Other things he's done haven't affected me this viscerally. EVERY sentences ends with a dropped tone and ridiculous hiss. Every sentence. It's to the point that I cannot find the story ... where am I supposed to be excited, where am I supposed to be tense? King and Struab's writing is so strong, but Muller is ruining it. Other pieces Muller's narrated aren't like this, so why would the director/producer allow this or encourage it? I'm going to push on because some reviews say I'll get used to it, but get a clue, Audible (or whoever produced this). Don't allow this, please. I feel like I'm utterly wasting a credit.
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