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The audio edition is a MUST. The narrator was perfect - he definitely captured Rod's personality and at times...I really thought it was Rod telling the story himself.
Discovering where his songs came from....those moments of his life that were put into music.
It certainly was NOT a boring narration as some audible books tend to be. His accent, play on words, and his incredible timing made you feel like you were sitting across from him while he was telling the story.
This is an AUDIBLE MUST! I recently downloaded another biography of a famous rock and roller, but within a day or two I returned it. It was so dreadfully boring and horribly narrated.
I was so excited to download this series and kept it in my wish list until it was released. Although this was to be my first John Jakes experience I was convinced it was worth the wait, especially after reading reviews from his other series and then even after listening to the trial narration. Perhaps a better narrator would've helped but even putting that aside, the story just didn't grab me. I gave it several chapters and became so bored I couldn't go on. Too simplistic. I realize in a long series it takes time to set up the history of characters and events, but it should also grab and hold your attention while doing so. It will be interesting to wait and read other reviews. Meanwhile...... On to something else!
Awesome book! Awesome narration! If you've read LK then you already know what an incredible author she is. With Boulton as her 'personal' narrator.... It's simply magic.
Loved the concept of the story.... Nerdy guy, edgy retro-ish girl... Both with emotional issues blah blah blah. It really was a cute story and kept me entertained. The narration? If the story had not been so fresh and quirky, I would've returned it right away. His voice alone was okay but he rarely paused between characters. Many times he didn't even try to differentiate between characters and just kept on reading. If you are looking for a fast paced 'feel good at the end book' then try it. I can honestly say I felt it was worth a credit
Exceptional narration! Author really delves into the mind and thoughts of the main character, which becomes the guts of the story! Without this, which I found incredibly raw and honest, a reader would not like it's abrupt ending. This was my first book by this author and I was stunned, awed, and completely pulled into her web. As for the ending.....I guess it DID leave me wondering..... But that's why we have imaginations!
Overall a really good story with only a few sidesteps and moments that make you wanna say 'just get on with it'. The mother's character was so dreadfully weak and I began to dislike her toward the end. Not sure if the narrator just made her seem unlikeable or if it was just me. Adventure that keeps you in suspense, although sometimes you wonder how can anyone survive THAT.......but it mostly keeps you entertained. A lot of twists and wooing but that makes you root for the underlings. Narration was fantastic in every way! Worth a credit!
I didn't even finish this one. Not enough true grit and too much fluff. Narration grated on male voices and she kept changing her dialect on her main female character's Russian accent. If you want mindless romance and have several hours to droll away then go for it.
I tried but couldn't stay interested for most of the story. It would get better then lose me again with mundane details or storyline. :(
After listening to over 50 books within the past year this one is definitely one of my favorites.
This incredible epic journey reminded me of The Last Hero. Both have amazing narrations in addition to a great story that is filled with drama, excitement, sadness, adventure and more.
Wayland (sp?) captures your heart with his sweet and honest spirit. Raul (sp?) the German is funny and endearing.
I was so into each character through Fleet's impeccable performance. There were so many different characters yet he never faltered or missed a beat between voice changes. There were so many tense moments and unexpected twists. I caught myself laughing and in the same breath I was overjoyed or tearful of the outcome.
I really hope there will be more books by this author with Fleet Cooper as narrator. It's rare to have that perfect combination with audiobooks- some great stories are ruined by narration. Well worth the credit and time!
Nicholas Boulton is incredible! Laura Kinsale is amazing! These two have elevated my listening experience to the highest degree, making it difficult to find other writer/reader's as good. The painstaking and traumatic events created in this story will rivet your heart and soul. I have admittedly listened to this three times. I always go back to this one to remind myself that THIS is the reason il love to read.
A fallen knight, an orphaned girl, & a priest are joined together on a trek through hell on earth hoping to each find salvation, life, or simple peace. It seemed a bit 'Wizard of Oz' ish but Steve West did such an incredible job I couldn't stop listening! I had heard Steve before in a romance book- Knight in Shining Armor- and thought he was terrible so I hesitated on this one. Wow I am so glad I took a chance. This type of genre doesn't usually appeal to me but I am trying to expand and read a broader spectrum. It was deep and sometimes confusing with all the religious banter. The power struggles between good and evil and the fantastic horrific demons /monsters really get your imagination stirring. I loved the way it ended......touching and surprising. The knight, Sir Thomas, will now always be one of my favorite characters.
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