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Deadhouse gates was much more fun to listen to, thanks to the grounding in the universe lent by Gardens of the Moon. Then characters and plot lines continue right on, and the scope of the series really becomes clear. I loved every second!
Ralph Lister's narration was great, it takes some getting used to, the first book was hard to get adjusted to his narration style. But once you do, it's a pleasure to listen to.
I really hope audible adds the remaining books quickly!
So the story itself was great, but as we know as audiobook consumers, narration is key.
First off: Michael Page is a big adjustment from Ralph Lister. Since Lister's unique style took some getting used to for me in the first place, this was even more jarring. There are some distinct differences in pronunciation, but Erikson steps in and makes his desires known for how they "should" sound in future books in the series. Once you get to Midnight Tides, you will notice some changes in pronunciation. Honestly, Page is not a bad narrator by any stretch, there are much worse, he retains a good voice diversity, and is the narrator for the rest of the series which Brilliance has already recorded and is just staggering releases.
You do wish that Fiddler could continue being the wry joke cracker off beat sapper, but Page's rendition of him is just different. Just how it is, personally I like the voice change for some characters like Karsa Orlong.
Since Page is our man for the next 6 books, I am still completely excited for when they are finally all out. Even with the pronunciation changes, I really didn't notice the difference about 20 hours in. You will get used to it, this story is too good to be ruined by a different narration in my opinion.
The narrator was superb, she really brought the story alive. The premise is interesting, and I would love to see how the rest of the tale goes. Unfortunately audible doesn't have the rest of the books.
I discovered the Dresden Files by first reading Codex Alera, and not the other way around like most people seem to. I am a few books into the Files, and looking back Storm Front is a great introduction to the setting, and Dresden and Co.
Reading some of the other reviews I have seen some negativity towards James Marsters' narration, I found it to be great. Marsters' voice and style fits Dresden's personality very well in my opinion.
This is my first review, I decided to participate in the process simply because so many of my purchases are driven by the reviews of my fellow listeners.
Theft of Swords is excellent, a genuinely compelling tale with very rich characters.
As the first book of the trilogy, it very ably sets up the greater story.
The narration was excellent, and enhanced the tale instead of detracting from it. Royce and Hadrian are a memorable pair. I don't really know how else to go on without digressing into spoilers, but the character development over the series as a whole is wonderful. I always am drawn to series over stand-alone novels for this very reason.
It was edge of the seat listening, and length of the story (which attracts me) flew by.
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