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.
I haven't finished the book so am not sure how good the actual story is. The voice and manner of reading of the narrator is so irritating that I can't keep my mind on the story but just on my frustration with the sound of her voice. The laughter and sighs she puts into the story on her own are very distracting and out of place. To me she sounds like a kindergarten teacher reading a story to her pupils and it doesn't work for this book. I actually have the written form of the book on my kindle and tried to continue the story by reading it but all I could hear was her voice in my head as I read the words myself. ARRRRGGGHH. I had to give that up. Maybe I can finish it later when the narrators voice is out of my head.
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