I really enjoyed the series until the end of this book which smacked of the "publisher is on my case, I better finish it." If there is another book in the series I could accept the ending... but barely.
I had not noticed previously but in this book Archer's technical knowledge lacks the depth to describe some aspects of the book.
Highly recommended. The interaction between Maturin and Aubrey as brought to life by the incomparable Patrick Tull make this series a must read in this genre. I began this series with a variety of readers until I came to a Patrick Tull narration. I went straight back to the beginning an downloaded all the Tull narrations available. The series has several good readers, but there is only one Patrick Tull, who has the ability to make you laugh and be moved at previously unrealized humour and pathos. Tull conveys such meaning in every sentence you will find yourself laughing at pauses and sighs.
Naturally similar in content to the Bolitho series as well as the Hornblower series. All good in their own way.
The two main characters are inseparable here.
Any narrator would been an improvement.
A five year old would have found the narration fitting for a 1950's soap commercial.
This book is a never ending series of mishaps and implausible vignettes. None are entertaining. The book is at least three times longer that the story justifies. I did not bother to finish it.
After Roy Dotrice's masterful reading of the first three books in this series, I find the fourth and impossible listen. John Lee reads like a high school student on his first ever oral read of Shakespeare. It comes across as unimaginative poetry.
As much as I wanted to hear the end of this series I've given up 1/3 the way though this book
The readers simply make this book unlistenable.
There are many interesting aspects of this book but the story isn't one of them. It just muddles along and finally peters out in a disappointing ending.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story and rate it at 5* but I winced every time the book swung over to Aiko Nakasone's child like narration which I rated as unacceptable.
I enjoy these tales, but endless minor character development, repetative language and a few virtually meaningless chapters,you're left scratching your head. Huh! I would have given this book a 3 or 4 star rating based upon the story, but after one chapter of Follet's 'Pillars of The Earth', I realized 'Knife of Dreams' isn't even close.
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