I'm not sure if the fault lay with the recording or the narrator, but in any case the audio is very sibilant. The slurred or hissed S's distract from the content, and sometimes have even caused me to go back and relisten to a word in order to make it out.
Nonetheless, the content is interesting.
Great writing and terrific narration.
The author does a wonderful job of keeping you interested in the story and the characters. But, it's little things that I admire most about his writing. I once had a professor tell me that the mark of a good novel is that all the loose ends are tied, that every detail somehow advances the story, and no word is wasted. I think the author has nailed all of that perfectly, and it adds a richness to the writing that sets it a part from a lot of otherwise perfectly enjoyable fantasy books.
Add to that fact that I find myself searching for quotes from this series because some of the observations are just so...wise...
There are a lot of good books that you read and forget about. I get the feeling though that this series is one that will stick with me.
The narrator does an excellent job of bringing the various characters to life -- and there are a lot of them. The voices are unique without being overdone. His timing is perfect on the quips and dramatic bits. Just overall excellent narration.
Her reading of the male characters was almost a caricature of a woman imitating a man's voice in a high school play. It was over-the-top and incredibly grating. It made it so difficult to focus on the story that I couldn't bring myself to even finish the last half of the book. I'm extremely disappointed that she seems to read for some of my favorite authors, as I can't see myself purchasing their audiobooks due to her narration.
I'm sure it did, but for me they were completely eclipsed by the terrible narration. I do feel that I probably would have finished the book if the narration was better or if I was reading it rather than listening to it.
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