I just finished this book, the third in the series and it was the best 40+ hours of audio book I've ever listened to. I have listens to well over a hundred audio books and all 3 of these books stand out as the very best. 110 hours and I could do it all over again. I will wait and check each day until the next book to ready. Powerful fantasy written for adults.
After listening to Jeff Lindsay read his own books I was disapointed with Nick Landrum. His pauses are to long, they cause me to check my player to see if it is still working. He does not put enough feeling into the side characters or even Dexter. As a straight reading it is ok? As a performance it lacks. Out of the 400 or so audio books I have, this narrator is near the bottom.
I never get abridged books, no other book in this chain is abridged. I did not notice!
I hate it.
This is meant to be the first of 3 books (I think I read it in EW). Weber is normally fast and 3 books turn into 5. I think his style and writing have improved since his "Honor" books.
I read these books as they came out. They are a masterpiece of modern fantasy writing. Martin has created a vast and colorful world that is for removed from Tolkien. There have been many good fantasy novels or groups or novels but most are in some way a Tolkien descendent. Martin?s books are powerful and original. They are not for the timid or uncommitted reader in much the same way as Herbert or Tolkien.
I could not wait the listen to these books. I have to disagree about the reader. I was a little disappointed at first that it was not one of the readers I am more familiar with but after an hour or so I began to hear the way Roy Dotrice create an atmosphere that really fit the novel.
Al Franken is the first liberal with both the wit and sharpness of mind to compete with Rush. This book is both funny and to the point. I listen to fiction most of the time and have heard around a hundred books. This is the first one I have reviewed. I highly recommend this book.
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