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Aaron Powers

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  • The Other Wind: A New Earthsea Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Harlan Ellison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (74)

    The sorcerer Alder fears sleep. He dreams of the land of death, of his wife who died young and longs to return to him so much that she kissed him across the low stone wall that separates our world from the Dry Land, where the grass is withered, the stars never move, and lovers pass without knowing each other. The dead are pulling Alder to them at night. Through him they may free themselves and invade Earthsea.

    Pam says: "Distracting"
    "Good story, Poor Audio Editing"
    Overall

    When I first realized it was read by a group of people, I thought wow, they're going to have character voices. And, for the first time the 2nd and 3rd person spoke, they used narrator #2 and #3 for two separate characters -- but only for one line each. From that point on, narrators switched on and off within sections, within chapters, it seemed almost within sentences. I guess the audio book editor got lazy and decided not to have the narrators work together. Altogether, it's the sloppiest audio editing I've ever heard. The narrators aren't bad, but they switch on and off in a completely inconsistent and distracting way, with many sections that deserved to be re-recorded just going straight by. I was very disappointed by this. Ursula K. Le Guin's writing (and the narrator's voices) deserved better treatment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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