Fredrick Davidson must really enjoy the Sharpe novels. I have listened to him on several different titles and he is always solid but many times he comes across as a precise but aloof narrator. This is not the case with Sharpe as he really comes alive reading Bernard Cornwell's series. I recognize every character by the voice he gives them, without needing the text to guide me, and his Patrick Harper is perfect. The emotions in the words on the page erupt into reality as Davidson tells the story. Other narrators do a quality job with Cornwell's work but Davidson is the best.
This would not be possible of course if Cornwell didn't write such memorable tales. I have listened to every unabridged work by Cornwell that Audible has offered and eagerly await the ones to come.
This series and the narrator were made for each other. Steven Pacey does an incredible job of bringing Joe Abercrombie's world to life. The series has wit, intrigue, war, torture, loyalty, humor, politics, sorrow and just about everthing else you could want in an epic story. It even has things you didn't think you wanted but are then forced down your throat so effectively that you wonder how you could have read the story without them.
The other two books after the First Law series look great too but unfortunately I won't be able to listen to them because they changed the narrator. The reviews were not good and the samples didn't work for me either. I wish publishers would realize just how critical it is to not only find a good narrator but to keep them for the entire chain of books.
Hopefully they have a copy of the books at my library or half/price book store.
No shame in failing but your publisher let you down when they let you release this "product". Did they not listen to it? This may have been as good as Hitman but I wouldn't know because I couldn't get through the 1st chapter.
Storytelling is an art in itself that obviously has more history behind it than writing. Please respect the craft.
I was able to listen to the book and still enjoyed it but Jim Bond almost convinced me not to.
The story is easy to follow and you like the characters but why can't they find one good narrator and stick with him? The one from the Wizard's First Rule was solid and the one from Blood of the Fold was excellent. He gave the story a very realistic and gritty feel.
Bond seemed to never know what emotion the character was feeling at any given moment and that was translated in his narrative.
I see 20 reviews so far and the book was just released today and its 15 hours long. Some people must have more than 24 hours in their day.
Why did they change the narrator from Roy Dotrice? Anyone know?
I will rate it 4 stars because I have to rate it something to post a review in order to ask my question and I think the last 3 books were worth 5 stars. Deduct one star for the narrator change. Roy Dotrice was excellent.
They make me wait years for the book and they change the voice?
That seems wrong.
The book was well read by Franken himself and unlike most right wing media is well researched and honest. Would have been funny if it had been fiction but as it's not and Bush is still in office it is quite disturbing.
I will give it a 3 based on the author but what happened to the original narrator? I am not saying the current narrator was poor. He was ok but he was competing against one of the very best. Davidson's reading of the Sharpe series was flawless and I have a hard time listening to a different narrator.
The story was not a bad one but I wish that I had read the book instead of listened to it. The narrator's voice and style were wrong for a fantasy novel and his habit of mumbling his words almost drove me over the edge. It was all that I could do to finish the tale.
If you are looking for an excellent story that is read extremely well and you don't mind a little sex and violence then check out George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire".
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