I agree with the main annoyances of the recording previously posted by many others. There were just too many glitches in the production for them to be overlooked. The story was decent, but the audio blunders were very distracting. This book needs to be re-recorded with everyone on the same page and properly edited. A free download of an acceptable recording, for those of us who purchased the original, would also be nice.
The premise is riveting- a small town cut off from civilization by an inexplicable force and the aftermath that follows. The storyline delivers, but King decided to inject his extreme left political bias into the tale. The villains and fools in the book basically echoed the Keith Olbermanns' and the Michael Moores' of the world, with a vitriolic view of those even slightly right of center. The story was pretty good though. Until the ending. Really? Did I just dedicate that many hours of listening and.... Another gripe is the reader- surfer dude does a southern accent(why the lifelong local Maine bad guy has a southern accent is another issue. Lefty stereotyping again)? And all the children have a cold. Buy the audiobook and see for yourself. The story had huge potential.
This book is very compelling. The characters are interesting and very well defined. Many twists and turns caught me by surprise. The translation from a Swedish novel was perfect- I easily imagined myself a native Swede, just following the story. The narration was well done. This book took me off guard. I did not expect such a rich and complex story from a translated novel. Goes to show that language holds no barrier in literary mastery.
I bought this book in hardback when it was released several years ago. I put it down less than 1/4 the way. I tried again to listen to this book, and came to the same conclusion- the book is horrible! Nothing happens but some juvenile politicking, constant descriptions of facial expressions, braid pulling, skirt smoothing, and Rand repeating that he is afraid of going insane. I devoured all of the previous books with vigor, even when the series started to slow down. Listening to the Path of Daggers was an exercise in patience, leaving me deeply disappointed in a series that I had so dearly loved.
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