The quality of the narration can make or break a story for me. The narrator of this book, Frank Mueller, is by far the very worst one I have ever heard. I would not even consider buying book where he is the narrator. He has a very soft sing-song voice and he ends every sentence with a breathy overly dramatic voice as if every sentence needs extra emphasis. It's so annoying and very distracting and that's just the general narration. His character voices are comical. I will not be able to complete this audio book. What a waste of money. I like Laurie R. King as an author so my best advice is to go with a traditional book on this one.
I've read this series from the beginning and enjoyed them, especially the earlier books, but the last several books have been a disappointment. This book is almost ruined by Corrie Swanson. She is too much of an idiot to enjoy reading about. I spent so much time being annoyed and baffled by her thought processes, complaints and poor decision-making that it distracted me from the story as a whole. The scene with the blizzard, snow mobile and abandoned mine was almost more than I could bear listening to. Ugh. I will pass on further books that include Corrie or, heaven forbid, Tristram. I've read this series from the beginning but the last several books have been a disappointment.
As other reviewers have said, this book is not well written. I thought I would never get over the constant use of acronyms, it seemed over the top and totally affected. The repetition of tasks (washing dishes, getting water, where the guns were placed while sleeping) and obvious statements (I just want to get home, well duh) became totally annoying after a while. Perhaps the author was going for a minimum word count because it certainly didn't add to the story. I also had a problem with the narration, especially once the 3 traveling companions split up. I don't know if it was the producer's error or the narrator's style but there were no discernible transitions (even a pause would have been helpful) from one story line to the other leaving me with way too many, huh? moments. I see no reason to spend another credit on this series. If you want to read a book on this topic try One Second After by William R. Forstchen or the classic Alas, Babylon. I enjoyed both books very much.
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