This is horrible. I've been reading Sandford's books for years, and listening to the audio books for a couple of years. I can hardly tolerate Richard Ferrone's narration. I'm considering not finishing this audio book. Ferrone's portrayal of women's voices is ABOMINAL. And insulting. He makes them sound like whiny nasal inferior substandard characters. And the women are such a big part of this story. If I'm going to listen to another Sandford novel, it will only be if there is someone else narrating. HORRIBLE. Takes so much away from the story.
This was a good story, if not Pratchett's best effort. (I was not familiar with Baxter before this book, so can't comment on that.) I'm a huge Discworld fan, and this was a departure from that style. I only had one big problem. I don't mind the ending leaving you hanging. Fans knew there would be a sequel.
However, I think the American characters created a problem for the British authors. Throughout the book, there were words and phrases used by the American characters that were clearly British. (And this was compounded by British pronunciations by the narrator of words that Americans pronounce differently, e.g. "garage".) It should have been copy-edited by an American (I assume it was not). Some of these oversights could have been caught and fixed. For British readers, it may not be noticeable. But for me, it was distracting. Given Pratchett's medical condition, I feel like maybe this book was rushed to print, and enough time wasn't taken in copy editing.
Regardless, it was a wonderful, thought-provoking story, and quite enjoyable. I will still read the sequel, and anything else Terry Pratchett is able to bestow upon us in the time he has left on this earth.
The narrator does an excellent job with all of the different character voices. But like an earlier reviewer, his American accent needs some work.
I've listened to the entire series, and the stories are very good. However, Aaronovitch leaves quite a few plot holes, and sometimes assumes the reader has a set of knowledge about wizardry that doesn't need to be explained. I'd like more detail or explanation in some areas.
In all three of these books, the audio editing was sloppy. Several times, a section repeated, or a gap was left while it went straight to the next chapter.
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