hmm, it's up there with all my favourites. I would read this again and again!
I didn't see the twist coming! He had me fooled all the way. Satisfying ending!
I loved Hunter. And Islington. Listen, and you'll find out why.
Yes, but why the heck would I give it away? That's for the listeners to find out!
Some have said this is not true Neil Gaiman style, but I have to disagree. Perhaps the protagonist of this book reminded me of the protagonist in Gaiman's novel 'Anansi boys', but it didn't detract from the novel, only made him more predictable in the sense that I knew where he would end up at the finish.
For another great read/listen of Gaiman's, tuck into 'The Graveyard Book', it's a good'un!
If you want to write, and write well, this little box of treasures is for you! Roy Peter Clark hands you all the tools you need to improve your writing. His narration clear and to the point. You'll listen to this again and again, as I have, and find your writing technique flourish!
I may have liked this book and been able to have gotten more than an hour into it if the narrator didn't sound like he was trying to read a novel written in the 1800's. He sounds like he is more suited to Sherlock holmes, or a novel about Pirates.
Saying that, I believe these books could be good if one reads them, rather than listen. As far as I could bare to listen, I was able to appreciate G. Martin's style, however, this sort of novel, with constant changing scenes and locations, true medieval theme and a plethora of characters needs a narrator suited to the task.
Best to steer clear of the audio with this one folks - go for the good old fashioned pages in hand and let your own mind create the voices in your head.
As always with the first of a series, it takes a while to get into the novel as characters are being introduced and setting explained, however I would have been driven to push on with this novel not only if the audio was better, but if things moved faster.
I really feel this may have been better with different people either acting out the various voices, or, since separate chapters are about the perspective of different characters, perhaps one person could have represesnted each character's chapter.
Additionally, I feel the narrator could have slowed his speech down a bit, you know, paused at poignant parts of a paragraph. I felt he rushed it.
G. Martin's books are highly favoured by many, so don't let the audio wreck it for you, be intrigued through either the tv series, or read the book yourself.
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