I knew when I heard the first words of the story that it would be a real challenge to continue listening to this story. Scott Brick is NO John Rain. Nor is he a convincing Docs....nor was he convincing in any character in the book. His overly dramatic reading of every minute of the book was like hearing fingernails on a chalk board and I had to quit severall times just to try and forget the sound. Brick is unable to distinguish between characters by changing his voice. When two people are talking it is nearly impossible to follow the conversation and understand who is actually speaking because there is no change in tone and, as always, both people are speaking in ALL CAPS AND WITH EXCLAMATION POINTS!!! during the entire time. He completely ruined the story. I do not understand why Eisler would allow someone other than one of the previous....appropriate....narrators, including himself,to read this book. It was a huge mistake.
When I first discovered Audible books many , many years ago, Scott Brick was one of the first narrators I heard and , with nothing to compare to, I thought he was great. But, from that time on, every book I've listened to that was narrated by him sounded like the first series I'd heard so I could never get the real feel of other characters beyond those first ones. And now I have to wonder how much better some of those books would be if they were reperformed by another narrator.
All this said, I immediately began the next book in this series, The Detachment, and gave it 5 stars for an exciting story with individual characters that sounded as believable as we had become accustomed to them sounding. It was narrated by Barry Eisler and he handled it superbly. He IS John Rain.
The book started out to be a really intriguing mystery story but by 2/3 of the way through, I wasn't sure I could finish it. It veered strongly off into the supernatural which is a genre I don't care for. And, the descriptions of the surroundings, which normally I like to have in detail, just became a grinding bore. I'm in the 3rd section now but I don't really care how it ends....I just want it to be over. I'm not sure I will finish it.
I'm still listening to the book and I "think" the story is good but I'm so distracted by the extremely fast reading , panting, and quick intake of breath of the narrator that I can't enjoy the actual story. She is reading so fast that she doesn't take time to give the characters any personality. I'd advise buying the paper version of the book and reading it yourself.
I enjoyed the story a lot but the narrator spoke so quickly it seemed as if she was on a time schedule and had to hurry up and finish. Slowing down to 1/2 speed caused it to echo so I had to listen at regular speed. There were also longish pauses at times that didn't call for a pause making me wonder if I had accidentally turned off my iPod.
As usual, Will Patton's delivery was perfect and was probably all that kept me listening to this story. Unlike most books I listen to....and I've listened to most of James Lee Burke's....I just couldn't keep my focus on this one. The story just didn't seem to go anywhere or have a point that I could identify with. Maybe I was just in the wrong mood for it but generally, when listening to a really good story, I do not want to stop to do anything else. This time, I was hoping for something to interrupt me so I'd have something more interesting to do. Just not my cup of tea, I guess.
I wasn't able to finish this 3rd book in the series. I was never really able to get any feel for the personalities of the characters or what the point of the story was. I stopped about half way through as my mind kept wandering off.
And the narrator has been an issue in all of the books so far. His constant mispronunciation of every word ending in a "g" drove me nuts.
I had bought the entire series when it was on sale but it doesn't look I will be finishing it.
First, let me say the narrators were excellent. They truly captured the feeling of the particular character they were reading for. But the story itself just seemed to drag on and on and on, jumping back and forth amongst 3 different time periods. Fortunately there was a different narrator for each time period so it was relatively easy to keep track of where you were in time but some of the time period stories were just boring....the most interesting being that of the young man in the 1800's who was captured by the Cheyenne and the least interesting, to me, that of the woman in the late 1900's. When the book finally ended, I was first relieved and second, wondered what the ending actually was. I understand how they were all tied together but my feeling was, "ho hum, so what?" It was nothing special.
I was really enjoying this story until it just ended in the middle of a "scene" with no logical reason for it. I feel as tho this Eden series was really supposed to be one big book but , in order to squeeze more money out of the readers, it was broken up into 4 (or more?) sections and marketed separately. And whoever broke them up just did it randomly. Had it had a reasonable ending I'd have given it 4 stars and as it was, I was strongly leaning toward only 2 stars.
I cannot speak to the quality of the story itself because I wasn't able to listen long enough to evaluate it. The part I did hear intrigued me and I'd have liked to know how it developed but the narration destroyed the feeling of the story to the point that I had to quit. Listening to him was like listening to an elderly kindergarten teacher read to a group of 5 year olds...very Disneyesque intonations like Snow White talking to the Dwarfs. And, I remembered that I had had the same feeling from a previous book read by the same narrator and had vowed not to buy any more books that used him. Obviously, I didn't check to see who was reading this one.
As another reviewer stated, it sounded like he phoned it in. Their was no mystery to the story and the characters had no personality. I've read every other "Prey" book and loved them but this one just didn't hold my interest. The narrator was great, as usual.
I can't complain about the ending because I can't get that far. I'm half way through and just don't care enough about the characters to go on. Despite having gotten to know them all in the first two books, they now seem to have no personality and no "story". The plot is written like an outline with huge jumps between scenes and passes through time so quickly you wonder if you missed a part.
The first two books in the series were wonderful and I couldn't stop listening. This one I stopped after a couple of hours and came back to it weeks later. Now, I'm half way and know it's just not worth my time.
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