It is pretty close to the top. Roy Dotrice does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. And while the story itself is not the most original (what is?), Martin adds enough twists and turns to the Sword & Sorcery genre to make it a standout.
Yes. This is a long book and the narration was neither too ponderous nor too quick.
Indeed. I have a 1.5-2 hour commute and I had to tear myself away every time I got out of the car.
Roy Dotrice's narration deserves five stars, but I have a hard time giving the overall recording more than three. About once an hour a sentence or two would be repeated; a sign of poor quality control or lackluster production values. Normally this doesn't bother me, especially in a 35+ hour book, but it was so frequent that it couldn't escape notice.
Also, at one point an entire 10 minute or so passage is repeated, yet not immediately. I apologize for not offering specifics: I was driving and could not jot down the location. It was very confusing, because in the middle of a chapter the begging of said chapter just repeated itself. I thought I had accidentally hit the "back" button on my iPhone.
Note: this refers to the recording only, not the story or narration.
Yes. Shaara's novels (yes, they are novels and not history, as Shaara himself is the first to admit) get the historical details right, which is what makes them a joy to read. But more importantly, his decision years back to stop focusing on the generals and include the perspective of average soldiers has resulted in interesting characters that you find yourself actually caring about. With "A Chain of Thunder" he starts weaving in civilians as well - a young Southern lady, in fact - which makes the story all that more interesting.
William T. Sherman, hand's down. He's one of my favorite historical personages and Shaara has done a great job capturing his complexities and contradictions.
I won't say, simply because it was an unexpected and heartbreaking moment and to talk about it would ruin it for others. Suffice to say I shouted "Shaara, you jerk!" several times at my iPhone.
Lucy Spence. Shaara is really stepping out of his comfort zone by writing a female character into his books and not only does he break new ground (for him) with Lucy, but she's believable.
It is obvious that the large portions of the audio had to be re-recorded and the narrator's timbre and delivery can change several times in a paragraph. This is not unusual for audiobooks, but I was surprised at how many times it happened with this one. It distracts, but does not detract.
YES! I imagine it reads very well, but what makes the book so incredibly powerful is hearing it in Tobolowsky's own voice. There are many personal moments, some uplifting, some heartbreaking, and to hear Tobolowsky tell the tale with such passion and emotion made the book for me. Needless to say that is lost in the print version.
The way Tobolowsky can make you laugh and cry and then laugh again, all in the space of a few minutes.
This is one of the few audiobooks that I listened to again within days after finishing it. Considering it is nearly 12 hours long, that is high praise indeed!
I just didn't want to be done with those stories.
Epic in scope and feel, this is easily Butcher's best work. And Marster's narration is pitch perfect. Glad he's back!
The story is tight, the characters feel almost like family, and the twists and turns will leave you breathless.
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