I found this book in the ad they had here on Audible & I have listened to it 2 times so far! Great characters, great story, great narration, great delivery and totally stoked for more. Ex Patriots was great as well, Peter Clines did one helluva job!!!!!!
I've listened to all of the book & I've enjoyed each one and especially the last book. The only thing I would say that I don't care for is the speaking parts of the "Black" characters. I've been Black for about 43 years & I have yet to encounter any other Black folks that speak like the Black portrayed in the books...EVER. I'd gladly recommend the books to others most certainly, but as I was listening I just kept saying to myself that there was no way possible that ANY Black, African American or persons closely associated with those mentioned people were consulted about the speech patterns used in the stories.
Joe would be at the top of my favorite character list followed by Esperanza, Hurley, Chubby Freeze (love the name) and Mrs. Vandewater.
A hard days night.
Other than the deplorable accents of the Black people the books were great.
So far I have listened to the book twice. The choice of vocal talent is one of the main reasons you really get into any particular audiobook and in this release the characters are brought to life in excellent fashion.
The escape of "the character that shall remain nameless." The details as I think of them can't be shared here. Don't wanna create spoilers.
Stealth & the crew have been voiced brilliantly from the first book I listened to. Freedom and every character in the book are "Alive." through the performance of the narrators here.
Laughter and tension as well as a great mystery were found here. Excellent work.
The Ex series has been one of the best finds here and I gladly share the series info to my friends and where to get it too!!!
The story is a great story based in magic & mysticism and the elements that tie the characters together are intriguing and well thought out.
Sadly in the audio performance the flaws of the narrator are the points that stand out the most & the 1 phrase: "Don't kill mah babies!" still resonates with me & not for the impact of the line itself, but for the delivery by the reader.
The performance, in my opinion, would have been better if the producers would have stuck to the 3 R's...Rehearsal, rehearsal, rehearsal. There were simple things that could have been changed, simple pronunciations that were nowhere near the actual words as well as some of the characterizations being not quite on the mark for me.
With a different narrator this would have been an enthralling must hear book that would have kept my ear-buds in my ears for hours.
Keep well in mind that this is a great book and if you can get around the various mishaps that happen throughout the reading then you'll find it greatly rewarding. Barnes is a very talented writer and well worth the interest and the investment of your time.
I am a Ted Dekker fan and have been for some time, trying to listen to this book has been trying & even painful at times. I find very rarely find difficulty in listening to most audio books, but the narrator was just not a good choice for this story in my opinion. His voice held nothing in the way of drama, suspense or the sinister nature of what I felt the main character should be. He did an excellent job in the roles of the children, but sadly I just couldn't find his reading and portrayal of the other characters believable or likeable. He would probably be great for another type of book or series but he didn't do it for me here.
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