This book took my breath away. If you liked Kite Runner, you will enjoy this as well.
Kate Mulgrew should narrate another book- as in a different book, not this one. I enjoyed Heart Shaped Box, and I thought Horns was a great read, but NOS4A2 was disappointing. I don't understand all the glowing reviews. I didn't think the novel was anything more than mediocre at best. I expected better, and I was let down. We all know Kate Mulgrew is a talented actress and her narration is top notch. I think it was wasted on what, to me, was not as good as a clearance rack paperback.
This may be the most amazing book in the universe. However, I will never know, because the narration is so awful that I had to make it stop.
I came late to the series, so I binged and listened to all 13 books in order. I loved how James Marsters was able to differentiate between the characters so much that I could tell which was speaking based on his inflection. The first-person narrative created a sense that I was actually listening to the character, not just to the narrator. Oh, why did Penguin Audio have to so jarringly change narrators? I agree with other reviewers- whatever scheduling conflict there was should have been worked out. If it meant waiting a while for the audiobook to be released, I would wait. If they re-release the book narrated by James Marsters, I would buy it again, just to hear "Harry" again. I had difficulty telling the difference between characters, and some of them have new accents. When did Father Forthill turn into Father Flanagan?
This book has a different feel than the others, which isn't a bad thing, but with the combination the change in flavor of the book and the change of narrator, I was disappointed. If James Marsters will narrate the remaining Dresden Files, I will gladly give him a portion of my paycheck in perpetuity.
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