Extremely disappointing. Felt like this was the Brady Bunch at Sea. The female narration was just awful. Plus the pretentious cliches were even worse. Can't believe this was Patterson. Maybe he only wrote the forward. Total waste of time.
Time well spent
The developing relationship between Hadrian and Royce and the background to all the other characters. Makes Revelations a much deeper story so I am going to listen to the whole series again.
Audible PLEASE PLEASE hurry and get the 2 other books in this series. It is cruel to only give us just one :)
The story is keeping me going on this since it is fascinating, but I may have to purchase it and read it instead. I am on the 2nd part but the narrator is driving me nuts. Slurring words so badly that I almost wondered if the narrator was inebriated, but am assuming it is just due to age. With such high ratings, I am surprised that it hasn't bothered others. If you are sensitive to voices and enunciation in reading, I think this will be an issue for you too, so listen to the sample and be forewarned.
I really loved the 1st book, Name of the Wind, and this sequel started off quite well but was waaay too long. I was bored to tears during the Mercenary/Fae stories. And that dragged on and on. I tried to stay with it, but ended up fast forwarding through it. Plus the accent of the Mercenary people sounds like Lawrence Welk and really got on my nerves, but otherwise, I love the voices of all the other characters.The narrator is amazing. It's hard to believe that one person could so distinctly create all those voices. Really amazing. It picks up again, somewhat, in the last 6 hours.
I agree with other comments that an editor really should have cut this book down ALOT. Hopefully, Book 3 will be better and shorter.
Found the lectures on pro-torture, pro-violence, pro-war, pro assasination, pro neo-con ideology, anti Arab,anti Islamic values and extreme right wing politics just not my cup of tea. Fans of the Bush and Cheney era will feel right at home with this one.
Waste of my time.
I am a longtime fan of Connlley's books. Dick Hill is THE voice of Harry Bosch. Even when I read the books I hear his voice. And Dick Hill does a great job with the other character voices also.
Unfortunately, the narrator of this book is only reading the story. He has no character voice changes at all and drones on and on without any excitement or drama. Plus it is quite impossible to tell who is speaking. I couldn't even listen past the 1st 15mins. I tried to skip around to see if anywhere else it got better but it didn't. What a shame.
I will just have to buy the book and read it with Dick Hills voice in my head.
This was a waste of time and money.
I started to enjoy the first part, but after awhile it turned into a sappy soap opera. Way too long and I got tired of the woman time traveler's insecurities and whining, plus the constant arguments with the young Scot. I started cheering for the villan! It turned into a terrible waste of time. I gave up 1/2 way into part 2.
I read the 1st book before downloading the audio version. I recommend READING these books instead of listening. I have to agree with one of the previous reviews that the narration or overdramatic rendition is just over the top.
95% of Audio books ARE the narration. If you have good narrators they can often make a bad story wonderful. The acting and reading ARE what makes an Audio Book. Bad narrators make a classic even terrible. In this case the male actor exhaled at the end of every word or sentence and just drove me nuts. If he had only just relaxed and read it as a real person it would have been ever so much better. I tried to stick with it knowing the story but just couldn't bare it. I skipped through various parts and finally had to put it down.
Hopefully someone will reread this (please NOT Scott Brick again and again and again)such as Gerard Doyle, Simon Jones or someone else with a British voice and good character ranges who could make this much more authentic and enjoyable.
I cannot recommend downloading the rest of these wonderful epic books. Find the time to read them until someone decent re-records them. Otherwise its a huge waste of time and money.
Worst book I have ever downloaded. Author trying to appear "hip and cool" with latest trends, "blogs", sudoku" etc and comes off as laughable, pretenteous, preachy and just plain ridiculous. Drifts off story constantly to preach morales or whatever pops into mind. Plus narrator is boring and uncreative with voices. At some parts she was just reading in monotone. I got 1/4 through and just turned it off and deleted from my library. Don't waste your money.
The story is great. A bit slow in some areas, but I just couldn't stay with it due to the terrible narration. His droning voice, heavy breathing and swallowing was so distracting that it just ruined the whole story. I will buy the book and read it instead.
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