I almost didn't download this due to bad narration reviews. In the end I went for it because it was one of the few King books I hadn't read.
The narrator would not have been my first choice but I did not find her bad. Certainly she is no Frank Muller or George Guildhall, but overall I found her very good. She did not sound to me like an "old lady".
BEST OF ALL, this production did not have any of the awful synthesizer special effects that so many of these older recordings have.
I could NOT stop listening. I knocked this out in two days.
I wish that audible would let us know when a production included sound effects. The excellent narration of this book was all but ruined by distracting and often inappropriately timed sound effects. I am perfectly capable of understanding when a dramatic moment has occurred without the assistance of a synthesizer effect.
Too bad because the book is engaging with well written, engaging and humorous characters.
Every time Aria speaks in this book I find myself expecting to hear her refer to the old god's as "magically delicious". This new voice is a complete departure from her voice in the first books.
And while Roy Dotrice's apparent inability to remember how he pronounced a name not only in other books but even earlier in the same paragraph is distracting, the story itself is as solid and well written as I have come to expect from Martin.
Dotrice chooses to use a mix of both his former pronunciation and the new in this book, most notably as follows.
CAT-lin and KATE-lin
Bry-EEN and BREE-en
Pee-TYR and PEE-ter
A-ria and ARI-er ("I've lost my Lucky Charms")
If he decided to pronounce Catelyn as Caitlin I could adapt but he switches constantly between the old and new pronunciations so it is difficult to become settled into listening to the tale.
If possible, even better than Heart Shaped Box. Wildly entertaining with a fascinating premise. A well written page turner that kept me guessing until this end. I can hardly wait for Mr. Hill's next book!
Absolutely engrossing. I listened to the book in two days. Joe Hill has his father's (Stephen King) gift for storytelling, though with decidedly less detail and character development which is not a bad thing in this case.
Awful, just awful. Rambling, pointless, confusing, and generally boring. Even George Guidall's superior narration could not save this snoozer. After 8 excruciating, mind numbing hours of trying to stay focused on this book, I finally accepted two facts. First, nothing of any interest was going to happen in the story and second, that there was not one character about which I cared in the least. I turned it off, mourned my wasted credit, and moved on!
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