the narration on this book is probably the worst i have heard with nearly 400 books in my library. i cant believe this person is a proper voice actor. i am cross with audible because (a) there really should be some quality control and (b) the samples are just too short to get a proper sense of a person's acting ability. after this awful experience i am seriously thinking of parting ways with audible because they are treating customers poorly.
as to the book itself, i think the story was quite good, but with the awful narration (not least attempts at multiple voice characters) i gave up after three hours. the story was so poorly read, i simply could not follow the plot. i have 7 credits left and in the current financial situation i cannot afford to renew any time soon. i am very, very cross at having wasted a credit on this one. in fact, i'm going to make a complaint to customer services to see if i can get my credit back!
I am new to RJ. I wanted to get the books for years, but was put off by the long story arc, which would use up half of my credits! So I decided to take the plunge during the sale. I am SO glad I did.
The story is really complex, with many different plot lines happening at the same time. Living in Qatar, which is ruled by the Al-Thani family, I was intrigued by the baddie being a minor Royal, very funny.
The narration was absolutely superb, the (very good looking, yum, yum :)) Mr Cendense is now officially my favourite audible narrator! He switched from young and old to different ethnicities in an amazing way. He even did a nearly creditable Cockney! Because the story is so complex, in the hands of a less skilled narrator it would have been really difficult to follow.
A word of warning, this is NOT a self-contained story! It ends out of nowhere. If you get this you will be pretty much locking yourself into the first three books because you will so want to know what happens next.
Im off to download the next two while the sale is still on. Happy listening!!!
I was keen on the set up for this story. Military vampires! where could you go wrong? Well, with the narration. The narrator has the most odd way of phrasing and emphasis on the wrong words/part of the sentence. Also, upspeak, upspeak, upspeak!!! I couldn't get past two hours even though I really tried.
It may be my British ears thats making this difficult, but other American narrators sound fine. This person's style was just weird. I will read the Kindle book instead.
A wonderful listen. A gripping story right from the first scenes. A slight lag in the middle, but the pace then moves on quickly. I listened to this in about three days, at every opportunity. Totally enjoyable. The only detraction was the dire attempt at an English accent, but that seems par for the course with American voice actors. Otherwise, very well delivered.
The story bears a remarkable similarity to the YA book Matt Archer, Monster Hunter - something odd going on here methinks!
Will definitely listen to the rest of the series. Good work Seth!
Great story, great narration. Gets straight into the action. Total audio enjoyment!!!
I'm not exactly the target demographic, being a 50-year old mum of 3, but my 14 year old son and I listened to this at the same time and we both really enjoyed it. We discussed the story etc together. It was simple, unadulterated fun.
Problem is: where is the rest of the series? Audible, can you please get on to this.
I am now reading the second one on my Kindle, the first time I've ventured into a print book in over a year, as I haven't much spare time. But I just couldn't wait to find out what happens next.
PS: a great tip about the peanut butter sandwiches. Which I am now enforcing, much to my son's disgruntlement!
Hugely enjoyable story. Gruesome, gory and gripping. I loved the story but the narration ever so slightly over the top in some places. But hey that sort of added to the fun. I think the best book in the series so far. Loved the Mother Night character. And Ghost and his delicate eating habits. (I think Ghost should pair off with Maggie, from 'Suspect'. By Robert Crais - I think)
But the ending seemed a bit rushed. The only let down. Am really looking forward to the next book. An 'appointment to listen'!
A job well done Mr Author and Narrator.
I love this author and was really pleased to have his books on Audio, having read all of them.
Really well thought out story and good world-building. Narration was top notch too. But the swearing.... What a potty mouth Mr Gustainis has! (I never really noticed it in the print version somehow).
He needs to wash his mouth out with soap! Seriously, it's a good listen and I'm going to download the others in the series.
I enjoyed this story. An original idea. Very interesting. I will certainly be on the lookout for the other books in the series.
The narration was generally good and the characters well read. But, the appalling, terrible attempt at a Northern Irish accent just kept pulling me out. What was that? More like Scottish, West Country, with a bit of god know what else thrown in. If narrators can't do accents properly, then don't narrate a story! Get someone else to do it. Given that the character Never played an important part in the book, this was a constant distraction. I nearly gave up because of this.
However, I'm glad I didn't after all, because the ending certainly leaves you wanting more.
A fantastic story, wonderfully read. Absolutely flawless.
I think this is the best series I have downloaded in 5 years plus of listening to Audible with about 600 books in my library.
The ending, what a shocker!!!!!
I would LOVE to hear more about Bartimaeus.
Why isn't Jonathan Stroud as famous as J K Rowling? Where are the films?
MUCH MUCH better than Harry Potter in every way. I can't enthuse about this series of books enough! Don't be put off by the age of the protagonists, I'm nearly 50 and I enjoyed it a much as my 11 and 13 year olds.
I am now a total fan of Jonathan Stroud. Many more books. Please!!!
Really good story, fantastic narration. Kept me engrossed for a few days. Thoroughly recommended.
Can't wait for the next book.
OK, maybe I wasn't concentrating properly, but I kept losing my place in this book. I found the plot really confusing.
I was constantly rewinding to check I hadn't missed something. Maybe this was because the story jumps back and forward in time.
But I liked the main character, Nate and would be interested in what happens to him in future.
I didn't like the narrator. Some of his voices sounded like Dick van Dyke in Mary Poppins, which considering he is English takes some doing! He also had an odd habit of stressing the wrong words, which added to my overall confusion.
I had begun reading the kindle book, which was OK, but listening to this was a chore rather than an enjoyable experience
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