This is probably the BEST audiobook I have ever listened to. The story is fantastic and the NARRATION by Simon Jones sets the standard for all others to be judged against. I probably have 100 audiobooks in my collection and you quickly learn to follow the NARRATOR almost as much if not more than the author. Simon Jones is the best I have heard so far. In this trilogy Jonathan Stroud gives Simon Jones a fantastic story to bring to life....I just can't say enough about the story or the narrator....
I usually listen to fiction stories but every now and then I slip in some non fiction for fun.
I am "shocked" I never heard of John Harrison before! This is an incredible story that we should be teaching in our schools. One man's quest for perfection! This was an incredible time in man's history. Some of John Harrison clocks are STILL working today!! There are a lot of characters in this period of our history. A few of the "bad guys" are also mentioned in Bill Bryson's, " A Short History of Nearly Everything" <-----which I would say is a MUST LISTEN TO!!! There are a few books that "I think" would bore me to tears if I read them but are exciting to listen to....Longitude and A Short History of Nearly Everything are two examples.
Nope...this is my first Kate Reading book.
The book starts off a little slow but as the plot rolls around in your head you begin to realize how amazing it is and shocked why John Harrison isn't better known.
I think I just said all I need to say but I will explain....I did not care for the narrator at all. I am spoiled, once you listen to The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud but NARRATED by Simon Jones nothing comes close..My wife, 8 year old boy and I go to bed every night listening to stories. I was really looking forward to this based on the reviews....I was disappointed, it wasn't the story it was the narration a lot of it is just over the top.
The entire series is great....it is well read and one of those stories you wish would keep going.
In general I think writers should avoid Time Paradoxes, I love the Artemis Fowl series but I didn't find this book nearly as good as the others. The thing that turned me off right away was that the narrator changed. The original narrator, Nathaniel Parker WAS INCREDIBLE!!! After a few books you know how each of the characters sound. This book changed narrators and it just didn't sound or feel the same. Neither the story nor the narration were up to par. I listen to lots and lots of audiobooks, after a short time there are two things you MUST have, a good story and a good narrator. The Time Paradox is neither. The narrator for this book, Enn Reite, just didn't work for me. I don't know if Eoin Colfer was trying to save a few bucks or what, but in my view it was a huge mistake. I don't know if there going to be another book in this series but at the *very least* Eoin Colfer better get Nathaniel Parker back or I'm done. The NARRATOR is THAT important to the story. Who in there right mind would switch narrators after FIVE BOOKS....
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