I realized that this was kid fiction when I purchased it. I did not realize that it was going to have such over-the-top dramatic reading by a cast of readers who were not good. Since narration is subjective to the listenner, I would recommend listening to the sample before purchase. I tried for about an hour and gave up. It is too bad too since I really enjoy Heilein's kid fiction and the non-traditional concepts he puts across.
The story was not bad. Not as good as the first two but still good. I don't know why Morgan feels he needs to sprinkle his stories with hardcore sex but he put even more of it in this work than the previous two combined. I don't like to combine my explicite violence with so much explicite sex.
Now to the reader and production quality.
The producer felt he should add some effects during certain events and it appears they used the 'bad mic in a barrel' effect. The reader isn't really that bad. He probably should have listened to the first two a little more closely. His pronounciations are a little different which was mildly irritating. The thing that just got under my skin was the way he pronounced contractions (didn't couldn't, etc.) I can't describe it but man did it bug me. I remember having the same irritation with a Nick Sagan book, I haven't checked to see if its the same reader
I chose this title based on all of the outstanding reviews. I was very dissapointed. I have listened to scores of audio books and this was my least favorite. The narrator was good enough, I like UK readers. My disapointment springs from the story itself. I guess I am not a big fan of pure fantasy like this. The charater developement was drawn out and frankly boring. It is the first title ever I gave up on. must not be the style for me. I am a fan of Tolken. I've read all of his stuff. This is not tolken. I do recognize that this is well written, I just don't like the story. So be carefull if you are only searching for highly rated books to find one to listen to. If your a pure fantasy fan it's probably ok otherwise look elsewhere.
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