This is an epic story. An epic series. Everything a person could want in this genre of fiction is in these books.
Sadly, the reader is everything I hate in a recording. His voice drips out of the recording. His every character representation is someone seemingly taken from the drawing room of a very stuffy Edwardian upper class party. Every character, from 15 to 90 is a variation of Great British from cockney to Scottish brogue, with insipid nasal dandy the most frequent. The voice for Bron is horrible, For Varys simply wrong. For Jorah Mormont, instead of a exiled sellsword, he sounds like a someone's tired old grand dad. The only ones even half right are Tryion and Robert Barathion.
I tolerate this reader because I love the story. I had hoped they had dumped him (surely I can't be the only won who hates this guy as a reader), but no.
Maybe it's me. Maybe I am obsessive compulsive but I have two perspectives on this series. The first is that the character, plot, flow varied, I can care about Samantha Moon, what happens to her I like many of the other characters, and find the suspense and drama compelling.
However- you knew there was going to be one - the writing or rather the editing of these books is horrible. It reads like a high school creative writing exercise. You know the scene in Amadeus where them Emperor comes to Mozart's first opera and complains that it has too many notes. Well it's kind of like that.
First, if you took all of the redundancies that Rain commits in these first eight works you could use that number to make a 9th book. There are the traditional "3:00 AM in the morning"and "continue on" kinds of mistakes that seem ubiquitous these days, but these are only a small portion of the redundancies, many so blatant ("descended down the stairs")one wonders how the cannot have jumped off the page and screamed "fix me, stupid!" I tried to track them for a while but finally just quit because the constant stopping made it impossible to read.
The use of "myself" instead of "me"', the unnecessary superlatives, the clichés scattered all through "naked as the day I was born" etc,,the unnecessary adjectives and adverbs; the word seemingly is seemingly used on every page, if not in every paragraph; these errors become excruciating after a while. Sometimes Rain combined the errors "rows upon rows of aisles that seemed endless" and even the occasional trifecta "row after row of endless shelving that stretched as far as the eye could see" cause cringe moments that almost make you feel sorry for the author they are so embarrassing.
The thing is, these errors may be acceptable (barely) for an author to make, Rain should be attending to the plot etc.,The fact that they made it through an editing process is both astounding and unforgivable.
And then there is the simple wrongness; for instance Rain consistently refers to blood as hemoglobin, which is only a component of that vital fluid. Worst of all is when Samantha Moon refers to her "super-secret identity". What is she "Vampire Girl".
Finally, good fantasy requires the suspension of disbelief. This is a commodity and cannot be abused by the author. Rain flogs it. First there are the basic questions: why, after six years, does all of this stuff kick off. It took her husband six years to get disgusted, why do her abilities start showing up now? Why has it taken Fang six years to fall in,live with her and look her up? Why after all of this time is she just know running into Sherbert? Why has she know nothing about the supernatural community.
The problem is that the writing is so bad that it detracts from the story, and so any interest I had in it was contaminated. The reader made it worse not better, her delivery was mundane, almost deadpan.
Overall the idea is a good one, the execution is horrible.
Okay, what is the deal with two productions one read by Lee the other Dotrice? I did not know there were two, nor how I ended up with the Lee reading, but it really doesn't matter, they are equally horrible.
Dotrice makes Davos sound like Popeye and all others are overplayed stereotypes. Old people talk like they have a tongue the size of a catfish that they are talking around, slobbering. Warriors are all gruff. The Lannisters are apparently from the highlands and each speak in the lower class patois of Edinburgh. Mellasandra is channeling Garbo and everyone else is either cockney or stiff upper lip aristocracy. The only tolerable characterization is Dolorous Ed. Many of the characters are 10 and 6 but they speak like they are 55.
Lee on the other hand is apparently a foppish dandy, fond of imitating the rhythm of Lord Byron in the tones of Richard Burton at his overacted worst.
I don't get it. These books are raking in money. Can they not afford to find readers somewhere else than from Bob's School for Dinner Theater Actors in Cleveland?
I have read the book, loved it. Haven't listened to the Audible version yet, but I basically wanted to say that I am pissed that I ended up with the abridged version. I *never* do abridged books, and am so used to getting unabridged that I didn't even check - I mean what is the point in having both. (What is the point of abridging period.) So before you by this one *Check* and make sure you are getting the version that you want. I didn't and I didn't - now I have something my library I will never listen to.
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