Hemry (pen name Campbell) does a pretty good job of capturing the feel of being onboard a ship. He accurately portrays the characters interactions, their banter, the military jargon, etc (jokes about the crappy food for example). He has also chosen to make this slightly more believable by using real physics when in real space (versus "hyperspace"). This means that the speed of light dominates and affects every decision in the batte scenes.
He has a tendency to over-use the same turns of phrase and descriptions, and some of his characterizations are a little cliched and corny. Some of his passages are bit too wooden and don't flow like you'd want them to.
Rummel does an outstanding job of creating voices for all the major characters that are consistent from book to book and make following who is saying what very easy. He does women's voices surprisingly well, so as you listen, you don't feel like the dialog between men and women is between straight men and a large collection of drag queens.
Overall, a great listen and very enjoyable. If you are a fan of of the genre (military sci-fi) you'll enjoy these books.
Hard not to recommend this to anyone who has read or listened to the previous 13 books. Sanderson does a decent job with material that isn't his.
Has a large number of similarities to the Star Wars movies, I think.
Kramer's Rand and the Dark One, and Reading's Egwene
Gawyn Trakand's death scene, where he says goodbye to his brother Galad and tells him there is another Skywalker...er...that he has another half brother...one that will bring balance to the Force...er...one that will defeat the evil Emperor...er...one that will defeat Shait'an, the Dark One, the Dragon Reborn
I'm surprised at Sanderson's use of modern turns of phrase throughout the book. Plus, all the jumping around between story arcs...we're talking every other paragraph...can be a little maddening
Overall the book was a little busy for my taste, but I also understand that he needed to tie up all the story lines. I actually liked that he wasn't afraid to kill off some of the major characters
I would have actually enjoyed reading (hearing) Artur Hawkwing's conversation with Fortuona
I wouldn't call this a total waste of time, because it pretty much is lifted right out of the Silmarillion, but Christopher Lee might be a cool Sauruman, but he really is pretty terrible at narrating a book
I couldn't recommend this version to friends, due to the narrator
He wasn't comfortable with the material, and his character voices weren't well conceived or performed
What a horrible and dark story that would be. It is also one of Tolkien's less origina works, essentially being a mish-mash of a several Greek legends and tragedies.
Only buy this if you're a HUGE fan of this story arc and of Tolkien. Otherwise, the LOTR recordings are by far much much better.
Reading and Kramer do an outstanding job of creating different voices for the various main characters and maintain the style for each throughout the book. The only reasons I didn't give this 5 stars were that the book itself sometimes takes a bit too long to get to what is a pretty obvious point, it starts out really slowly (I was tempted to stop listening at one point), and Reading and Kramer really need to talk to one another and come up with a standardized pronunciation for the main characters (the most egregious offense was the mispronunciation of Sadeas by Reading). But other than those small problems, the book was great and I can't wait for the next installment.
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