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G. Lincoln

Hixson, TN | Member Since 2007

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  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2711)
    Performance
    (2039)
    Story
    (2055)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "Great story and narration, near-fatally flawed"
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    Performance
    Story

    This is a thrilling, fast moving story filled with memorable characters and a brilliantly realized setting. The narration was top notch, with a different narrator for each PoV character. I know this multi-narration is distracting for some folks, but it is mostly well done, with one extreme exception that potentially ruins the whole thing.

    About 2/3rds through the story the POV shifts to Loaf for a bit, and we get what sounds like a drunk guy overacting to such a distracting and nonsensical degree that it is basically un-listenable. I can only imagine that whoever decided that this was an acceptable narration was also drunk, as I can't see how anyone of complete faculties could have allowed this mess to remain in the production.

    The worst sin of any narration is to draw so much attention to itself as to detract from the story, and this guy really sounds like he was trying to show off instead of staying true to what had been established by the other narrators. He ruins the established characterizations, ruins the pacing, ruins the dialogue, ruins the description, ruins the whole section he reads in every fathomable way. It is so bad I had to stop listening several times just to take a break from it.

    Even worse, it comes at a pivotal point in the story that I can't reveal without spoiling things. All I can say is what were they thinking?!

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