I was so looking forward to this months credit because I have wanted to listen to this book.. it has everything I love in an audio book.. and the reviews seemed good...
the story may be good.. but I will never know! I can't stand the reader. My computer voice simulator has more expression and tone and LIFE.
There is no life to the reading... no feeling... no emotion. The reader would be better suited to a technical manual.
I hate to give a poor review to a story with such promise. But the reader makes it impossible to do otherwise.
This is the 1st audio book from the hundreds i own that I am sure I will not listen to. I couldn't past the first 35 minutes.. how can I do 42 hours of this.
I have never given a book such a low review...but I tried several times and couldn't get past the TERRIBLE voices! The WORSE. The main female character's voice sounded like that of a cartoon 3 year old! The handsome "wolf" sounded like the craggy old bridge keeper from the old monthy python film. For that matter so did ALL the males.
Just the thought of that little child's voice being romantically involved with that of the craggy old man made me sick to my stomach, regardless of how old the author wrote them to be.
It might be a great story but I'll never know because the voices and reading was just so bad... I wish I could get my credits back on the listen.
TERRIBLE... is the only word for it.
For the most part I enjoyed this book and the reader very much. I simply could have done without some of the more detailed autopsy descriptions. But I tend to prefer innuendo in what I read than actual "bit by bit" detail of gore. If you don't mine all the detailed gore, the story line is very good. The characters are interesting and engaging and it makes for a good listen.
I really enjoyed very minute of the 44 hours of this audio book.
A great story. Wonderful detail. Loved the author's forward... and of course, John Lee is one of the best narrators I have listened too.
Excellent all the way.
It was a wonderful continuation.... although since I listened to both books back to back, it was easy to see that some of the characters in this book were basically very much the same people as some in the first book. Such as William (book 1) and Ralph (book 2)....
But all in all, it was 44 hours well worth the time.
I really should have listened to the sample before I started this book. The reader had very little in the way of expression for most of his character voices and thus they sounded so much the same that in any scene with several people in it, it was hard to know which one was talking. (and there were many scenes with lots of people together).
The story started slow.... and I was tempted to start a different book several times. But somewhere before half way through, it began to get more interesting and I stuck with it.
From the point where it picked up and through the few last chapters moved fast and it was hard to put my ipod down to go to bed. I found these chapters exciting and felt they were worth the wait.... But the ending was predictable. I was let down to discover I guess the correct villain at like chapter 3. I just expected something more witty & innovative. But it might not have been the entirely the story's fault. I really believe I would have enjoyed this book a lot more with a different reader.
All in all, I would say it is an alright book to listen to, so long as you can deal with the reader and don't mind a slow build up to the exciting apex... then to be let down by the ending you knew it would have from the beginning.
I wish I could give it 5 stars.. but...
So SO SO much is lost. I really love the AP series, and I love Barbara R. as a narrator... but it breaks my heart to lose so much in these abridged versions. I love the family stuff... I love the detail... I love to know what everyone is doing.
I wish these books were offered unabridged. I would get them in a heart beat to "hear" what I missed.
Not only is this a wonderful story, being Dickens how could it be any less, but the reader was EXCELLENT!
I will be searching for my next book by reader. He performed Dickens so perfectly!
Excellent all around!
I loved this book. It was a great story with some very interesting people. I changed my mind about who was "it" so many times... it keep my interest and then some!
When I read the reviews about this book, I expected a heart jerking, soul wrenching, historical romance. I picked it up with the intention of getting the whole series. I was hopeful that my book choices were made for the next 3 books.
Sadly, I was let down. I found the book's plot to be very predictable and rather common.
And although I love a randy romance novel, the sexual scenes in this book were often beyond fictional. I assume the author wanted us to understand the depth of the passion of the couple, but there were so many repeated erections that it actually started to get boring, and I found myself fast forwarding thru a few of them!! I began to wonder if there was something wrong with men today? Is it just normal for 9th century Vikings to have complete intercourse 5 or 6 times in one night.
Anyway. The story was cute, but predicable. The main characters as cute and predictable as the story itself.
All in all, I guess I can say it is not as much as I expected based on other reviews.
I will not be bothering with the next books in the series.
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