The reader was great of course, but the story is pointless and predictable. None of the characters give any reason to like or to empathasize with them. I don't care what happens to any of them so I forced myself to finish it.
The first chapter of this book sounds good - then it gets muddled. Did any editor touch this? Too much backstory, too much many details that don't flesh out the characters. It needed some serious revision. It might have been a good outline but the execution was not well done. The reader was OK with some weak material.
The first 2 books were great but this one is full of distractions and too many characters. What is the deal with the generics calling each other names and cursing? This book feels like the author raked all the characters from stories he loves into his left over plot ideas making big mess that no editor bothered to sort it. Then the narrator tries to do different voices for the various characters but most are just squeaky.
I bought this because I wanted more of the story after watching the HBO series. The story is good but the reader is not. He pauses and gasps in the wrong places. His timing is terrible, like he is doing the first read-through. His voice is not bad but the pacing is so bad it really ruins it. I listen to audiobooks alot but I wish I had not bought this one.
Who directed this reading? I was really excited to get a new DeMille book since Scott Brick did a great job reading "The Lion's Game" . He gets that the main character, John Cory, is a smartass and made that reading very engaging. In this sequel book, he reads the story in a very flat voice, like somebody reporting a great tragedy. It is so tedious I kept falling asleep. What a disappointment.
As I listened to this audiobook, I couldn't help but picture the character James Marsters played in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". He brought the characters to life without doing obnoxious falsetto voices for the female characters as so many other readers do. I have read all the Dresden books in print thus far, and while I enjoyed reading this book at the time, I felt much more "in" the story while listening to this production. I listened to "Storm Front" before this one, and the reading of this audiobook is much more enjoyable than "Storm Front" because of Marsters' enthusiastic performance. The timing is great, the characters are distinguishable without being obnoxious and there is just enough acting to make it really exciting. I'll concede that there were some mispronounciations but not enough to really detract from the story. I listen to lots of audiobooks and this one I will recommend to everyone!
Good story, great reader - what more can you ask for? I wish it had lasted longer. While the case being investigated is disturbing, the writing is so good that I laughed out loud in a couple of places. If only all audiobooks were so enjoyable.
The reader misses all of the author's wit. I read this book when it was originally published but wanted to listen to it before I listened to "The Gate House". The book is great, as are all of DeMille's. Scott Brick read "The Lion's Game" and did a much, much better job. It seems like this reader didn't get any direction and he obviously hadn't read the book. His female voices all sound like drag queens. It's a shame.
Only 2 of these stories were even tolerable. Some were so predictable as to be laughable and others were so misogynistic I couldn't finish them. The readers don't add anything to the enjoyment of the stories. Buy something else and save yourself some groaning.
After the reviews here I thought I was going to love this book but the story didn't work. The main character and Butler were good but the others were too crass and the resolution too trite. I'm sticking with Philip Pullman books for now.
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