This book has been around for some time, but I had never read it. I was excited to see it finally in unabridged format on Audible, and very much looked forward to it. I was extremely disappointed.
Other reviewers have noted the similarity to LOTR, and I concur - it's blatant (the wizard fails to meet them at the end of the first part of their journey because he was delayed by events related to the upcoming war involving all the races...). The writing is quite bad. While a lot happens, the author appears to be unable to convey any sense of suspense. He gives away the outcome of confrontations before they occur, and writes in long, expositional sentences that keep you distant from the action. That same expositional style describes most of the book - it is very difficult to get any sense or feeling of character - we are *told* about people's personalities, but never *shown* them. It becomes a little like a bad newspaper report or High School History Textbook.
Five hours into this book I have decided I cannot continue to listen to it. I prefer unabridged books because they really defray the effect of my commute to work - allowing me to get "away" from the drive. I find myself frequently losing track of what's going on in this book because it is so dull.
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