I'm generally a fan of T.A. Pratt, and I have listened to all 4 of his Marla Mason books on Audible.
Unfortunately, this last book ended - as another reviewer put it - in midair. I find this both frustrating as a reader/listener, and manipulative on the part of the author. If I wanted half of a story, I could have just stopped listening halfway through.
I would, of course, understand if the book were entitled "Spell Games, Part I"...but as it was not, I assumed that it was a complete story.
This has kind of put me off the Marla Mason novels, so I'm not sure that I'll waste a credit on any more.
The combination of the monotonous narration and the book itself makes this the worst book I have ever bought from audible.
1. Narration. The narrator reads this book as if it is SERIOUS and IMPORTANT. This leads to a plodding narration which, among other things, completely distorts the dialogue between the characters - the characters don't sound like they are conversing, but merely making pronouncements (although this is *also* a problem with the writing). The most annoying thing about the narration is that the narrator pauses as long on most commas as he does at periods. This is both distracting. And annoying.
2. The book.
I've been to Africa and am generally sympathetic to the author's POV. But the best way to address the history of colonialism in Africa *in a novel* is *not* to have characters recite 10 minute long speeches on the evils of colonialism. That's both tedious and unrealistic. Show us, don't tell us!
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