Didn't end up finishing this one, so it may get better further in, but what I did listen to I found frustrating. I have loved many Terry Brooks novels in the past, so I was a kind of disappointed. Yes, they can be formulaic, but it's a formula I like and usually I enjoy them a lot. The main character in this one I found annoying and hard to buy into as a hero. He seems to spend most of his time suffering from contrived moral dilemmas without actually doing anything to get himself out of them or using his brain at all, ever. There's nothing wrong with the narration, and I wouldn't hesitate to listen to a different book with the same narrator, but it wasn't overwhelming either.
Possibly my favourite DIscworld novel so far. I highly recommend it, particularly if you like the stories surrounding the City Watch, which I think are similar in style to this one. As always, Stephen Briggs does a great job of reading - he is particularly good at rendering all the footnotes, asides and internal monologues clearly without confusing the narrative.
I really enjoyed this story - as I have pretty much every book of Bujold's. It's not my favourite in this series (it has none of the same characters or locations, just the same world and its accompanying theology), but it had some awesome parts and I loved the characters.
The reading is, in my opinion, overdone. I think it's a matter of personal taste, some people might not dislike it and I still listened to the whole book and enjoyed it. However, the overly dramatic reading definitely got in the way sometimes - it would jar me out of the flow of the story.
Overall I think it's still worth a listen, but maybe test first to make sure it's not going to bother you.
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