I love Sabatini, and The Sea-Hawk is one of my favorite books.
It is sad, therefore, that the narration made it almost impossible to listen to this book. It sounded as though he disliked the book and was reading as fast as he could to be done with it. The characterization was mediocre.
I only wish I had paid attention to another reviewer, rather than simply purchasing the book because I knew I liked the story. I could have saved myself disappointment and money.
I don't think anyone would enjoy this book with the current narration. With a different narration it could be for someone who likes formulaic fantasy and romance. This book might be good for a quick read while riding the bus, waiting in line or at the airport, in book form.
I find her "witch/magic" stories her weakest and least satisfying, perhaps because I read a lot of good fantasy (and a lot of just okay fantasy, too). Raven Calls by C. E. Murphy has a similar story line about a battle between magics and magic users that echoes down families, and this felt like a weak copy of that idea.
In the beginning the reader sounds as though she is exhausted. Possibly she is trying to convey the feeling of the narrating character, but I found I could listen for no more than 20 minutes at a time before I had to turn it off. I have yet to finish it and am considering returning the book.
If you like romance novels with steamy sex scenes and a an average plot, this is for you. Sort of junk for for the reader - enjoyable, but not high art.
A little bit. Things that you can skim over when reading a book you must sit through while listening to one.
I didn't so much have a favorite character, as an admiration for the performance as a whole. He read some of the most silly sex scenes with style. I admire him for that.
No, it is not better, but it isn't worse. I would say it was true to the book.
I don't have a favorite character as such. I think each character has his or her points, and I like many of them for different reason. Mike for his resilience, leadership, and adaptability; Dr. Nichols for his style and sense of humor; Ms. Mailey for her past, and for the way she grows in the story; Gretchen for being so strong and down-to-earth, Rebecca for being smart and wise and witty and fun. I could go on, but just read the book and decide for yourselves.
The battle of the crapper. You'll know what I mean if you read or listen to the book.
Ms. Mailey's conversion to the new reality.
I like alternate history stories. This one is lots of fun, and well thought out. And the characters are people, not cardboard cut-outs.
I like the Fantasy in Death Series, and this is a fair representation of the series.
I have never listened to an audio version of any of this series and had a problem with it. No disrespect to the reader, and she did a good job: Clear differentiation of characters and a nice flow to the reading. But her interpretation of the sound of the characters was very different from how I imagined them and the conflict was jarring to me. Perhaps others will find her reading right on the money.
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