Having already read this the entire worldwar and colonization series some years back, I have really enjoyed listening to them again in audiobook form up to this point. The narrator of the worldwar tetralogy, Todd McLaren, was an excellent narrator who really brought the books to life. I was therefore bitterly disappointed when I was met with the lackluster narrating of Patrick Lawlor.
On the one hand I had gotten used to Todd McLaren, but sometimes narrators change and if they are good you can get used to them. This was certainly not the case here. Not only was the pronunciation different in many cases, but the narrator simply does not have the skill Todd McLaren possesses in speaking different dialects and making characters feel individual. More annoying still however is the way it feels as if he is forcing the words out, too slowly and too weighted. There is little dynamic and this is at times quite off-putting. It's as if he is trying to make everything sound important and dramatic when it rarely needs to be. I can with ease say I will avoid any books narrated by Patrick Lawlor in the future.
The story is still as interesting as I remember it, but with the narrator ruining much of the experience it technically doesn't even deserve 3 stars. Only my personal love of the book saves it from the left half of the scale.
My advice; read it instead.
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