I never occurred to me that they would have changed readers. I quite enjoyed the first reader. He brought an added dimension to the novel. I was expecting to hear him when I hit play and found myself extremely disappointed. I keep hoping that Jim Bond will improve. But after over 2 hours his voices remain a mixture of indistinguishable or unnatural. His reading of the narration is stilted at best. I find myself wondering if anyone at the publishing company *listened* to him before they hired him.
I really wish I'd checked the reviews before buying this book. I will force myself to finish listening because the story is actually interesting.
I wish all of the publishers of audio books took the care in hiring their readers that Recorded Books does. (Their stable of readers is consistently the best I've encountered.)
I started the series with book one (Rain Fall) because of audible's 4.95 'check out a new series' promotion and really enjoyed it. (I'm hooked on yet another series. :-) I am really enjoying this book as well. However, I was a little disappointed to realize the narrator is different. (I quite enjoy Dick Hill's work - discovered him in another series starter I picked up for 4.95 - The Black Echo.) The first narrator (Brian Nishii) heightened the atmosphere in a way that Dick Hill does not. Nishii read with a distinctly non-American pacing (a LOT slower than I as an American am used to or expect). His inflections and tone coupled with the fact that he speaks Japanese without an American accent came together to take that audiobook to the next level.
While I think Dick Hill does a wonderful job here, I don't have that 'transported feeling'. I really miss Brian Nishii.
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