We picked this book for a medium road trip, 45 minutes into the book was all we could take. The character voices were awful, sounded like 14 gents from Shady Shoals retirement home. To make it worse it sounded like it was mixed and recorded in a garage. Avoid this one like the plague
The story good however, I just can’t get past the bad narration!!! The monotone delivery of Michael Kramer drives me insane & the same voice inflection at the end of every sentence. It sounds like he is gritting his teeth when doing the various character voices. The bar has been raised too high by Steven Pacey, Roy Dotrice and even Michael Page to spend time listening to this performance. A good narrator draws you into the world the author has created, with this book I feel like a automated weather station is reading to me.
As usual Steven Pacey steals the show. Good story, would highly recommend this one!!!!!!!
I fell for it once again, I only read the first 3 reviews and figured I would download this book. I made it to the fifth chapter and couldn't take any more of this babble. This is no LOTR!!!!!!!!
This book went nowhere!! Depressing with no relief, disappointing beyond belief!!! A valuable lesson was learned, when reading reviews skip the first 15 and you will get the truth. Don’t waste your credit on this one!
Fantastic!!! Brian's wonderful voice brings his stories to life!! Couldn't stop listening!!!! Honestly, the English accent makes good audio books GREAT!!!
This story is very disjointed!! Poor character development, Isak goes from being a whipping boy on a merchant wagon to lord in waiting over the realm within a chapter. I had to force myself to finish this book, it was hard work. The story is jumbled up, it feels like the writer is forgetting to tell you who is who and why we should care. Trying to eavesdrop on a conversation 25 feet away describes this book!! The pattern is clear, every book in Sci-Fi & Fantasy is between 4 and 5 stars……Really?
I just can't finish this book, Donna summed it up correctly!! The narrator is horrible, he does not pull you in. There is no character development, you are just dumped into the story not sure who is who and why you should care for any of them. And yes the endowment's are way overdone. I would rather listen to "The blade itself" from start to finish again rather than listen to one more chapter of this train wreck.
It’s hard to believe all the 5 star ratings!! I love long in depth stories, especially for long road trips. This one kept putting me to sleep which is a bad thing while driving. The narration was good, they story was not. The author uses the word “magic” or “magician” in every other sentence, this does not make it a fantasy.
A narrator can make or break a story, Steven Pacey does a masterful job!!! I had almost given up with sci-fi after "the wheel of time" and other books, this one does not disapoint!!!
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