The first book in this series was a little darker than it needed to be, but it was still respectable. However, this second book...WHOAAA! The narrator just makes it SUCH a chore to listen to. I have my favorite narrators, and I like to think that I'm a patient kind of person, but this...mmmm, good luck making it to the end of it.
After having read some of the reviews others wrote, I was really disappointed after I started listening. Comparing this offering to Mistborn, as one of the reviewers did, is difficult to understand.
I couldn't finish it. I made it through part of Part 2, and couldn't force myself to continue listening any longer.
The narrator, to me, sounded like a teen. The writing itself wasn't much better.
In short, it bored me to tears.
I don't often write bad reviews, but in this case I felt I owed to the other listeners who give of their time to provide reviews.
I wish I had something positive to say, but there it is.
THANK GOD! Remember the anticipation, the dread of "Jaws"? Well, to me, this was even more intense, AND non-stop!
I found myself pacing when I was in my office, and when I tried listening in bed, I couldn't relax enough to sleep (don't try it).
Suspenseful? Oh...I'd say so. It felt like a 6-hour roller coaster ride!
I started with "The Power of One", then read "Tandia", and now "The Potato Factory". Bryce Courtenay has become one of my favorite writers, and Humphrey Bower one of my favorite narrators.
This is a WONDERFUL listen. Don't miss it!
This is most definitely one of my favorites.
Both the story and narration are superb.
You know how most books you read have at least one weakness somewhere? Well, the only weakness I could find about this book is that it has an end.
Maybe it's just that it spoke to me, but I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
It has culture, adventure, humor, love, and even philosophy.
I was simply blown away.
If Roberts ever writes another...I wouldn't miss it!
If you've seen the movie, and most have, this audio book is even better.
I'd never read the book, so I didn't realize how good the book might be. Well, being one of the most beloved books of all time, added to a wonderful performance by the narrator, I was simply blown away.
This audio book is truly a treasure.
This was THE most exciting audio book I've yet heard.
The narrator Dick Hill, even though not the best I've heard at producing distinctly different voices for the various characters, his level of intensity throughout the story in general was excellent.
The story...hmmm, well, since I was in the Navy myself, was very interesting.
This audio book was so intense, it kept me up nearly all night because I couldn't turn it off.
This book is listed as a mystery, but Johnson's humor blew me away.
This is one of the best reads I've yet found. I wish Johnson had more than 4 books, but at least I discovered George Guidall (narrator) in the process.
I also thought that I knew who the best narrators were (John Lee & Davina Porter), but now I am happy to say that Guidall is likely to be added to the list.
Don't miss this one...it's a gem!
Possibly the best Sci-Fi listen I've heard yet. The reader was also good.
Dune made me realize that I like Sci-Fi, but Mistborn has sunk the hook even deeper. Sanderson has quite the imagination, and Kramer does a very good job of narration.
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