I guess after seeing the movie, it is a tough act to follow. But this narrator is the worst. He manages to drain the drama and power out of the story. The different characters are poorly distinguished and have an overall tone that is out of sync with the material. Its whinny and stilted, just bizarre. I've listened to other books he's read that are good. But here, he was either the wrong choice, didn't get it, or just blew it. Couldn't listen to more than an hour of it.
What an incredible work. The novel is powerful and compelling. The authors narration makes it so relatable and authentic. It's transporting to another time, like being told an incredible tale by a witness. Truly amazing.
The narration is perfect for the story. The story is original and unexpectedly touching. It's is truly and with a broad range. These different elements and styles combine into a masterful whole. It's really something.
I've listened to the other books in the series and this came out of nowhere. Though it takes place in the Halo universe the entire tone and style of it is very different. The new author changed characters in a ways that are very inconsistent with the previous books. It has interesting elements but is at times annoying as it assigns behaviors and attitudes that don't seem right. The Halo books are pretty standard epic fare. Yet with an underlying optimism and consistent sense of overcoming adversity, comradery, and introspection to the cost of war. This book comes from a different place and is much darker. There are almost no fight scenes and it drags in a number of places. It may in some ways be a better novel, but that's not what any of the Halo books are about. It's not about euradite writing, they're about engagement, fun, and bringing the Halo game universe to life. This book fails all three.
As if that's not enough the choice of narrator is inexplicable. It's an about face stylistically from the previous audiobooks. A barrage of accented voices, often indistinguishable from each other often making it confusing. I've listened to a lot of audiobooks and know the challenge when the narrator changes in a series. But this is so beyond that.
The change in author, tone, and narrator combined make this a truly bad continuation in the series. Bad enough, that I've never written a review here and was prompted to write this out of the disappointment I felt for this book and having a fun series changed into something else for no understandable reason. Bummer.
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