I found this to be an interesting story line, and reasonably well developed. I am interested in how the series turns out. Unfortunately, the main character tends to go on and ramble far too much about analogies, and past experiences. In the middle of an exciting time in the story he will take 10 minutes to relate something back to an earlier childhood experience. I was often left with the feeling "when will he just get on with the story"I liked the performance for the most part, but my wife thought the narrator had problems with women's voices and he made them very breathy.
Less rambling narrative by Bobby.
Yes, but the women were a little unrealistic in their breathy voices.
The plot to the story is pretty good. There are some situations that seem out of character for the characters, but overall generally consistent with the series, and the original stories.
Mara Jade is definitely over-acted.
Yes, the the basic story line is very interesting. However, in this book, Polgara is extremely self-centered and egotistical. It's much more than the banter shared between Polgara and Belgarath in the other stories. The character admits to the behavior in her auto-biography, but shows no remorse or regret for it.
No, the book is just a bad book for the genre
They chose a female narrator since much of the book is in the first person voice of Polgara. However her pronunciation is off on many key words. Not only off of how I have pronounced them for years, but totally off from the narrator of the other novels. It sounds like a different world, with some words almost unrecognizeable. The emphasis is on the wrong syllable.
If you are narrating a book in a series or a world, narrated by another narrator, you need to listen to a couple of the other books to understand the characters and pronunciation. Adding your own style is disruptive and distracting.
I was overall pleased with the story line in spite of the predictability and reuse of other themes. The narrator did a very good job with memorable voices and inflections. But I was disappointed in what seemed like a continued attempt to look like a polished writer by someone that didn't know what they were doing.
Occasionally obscure words were thrown in just to show he has a dictionary and a thesaurus and knows how to use them. What he thought was a plot twist at the end of the novel (based on an interview he gave at the end) was telegraphed from very early on in the story, and you kept hoping he might find a different ending. But he didn't and he thought it was a surprise.
Gerard Doyle brings life to this story with believable voices for characters in many races.
A little disappointed.
That said, if he writes any more in this universe, I will probably check it out. Hopefully he will have improved as a writer by then.
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