The narrator was quite good setting up a wide range of characters with different voices.
After you get past the early learning curve of characters and places, the story is also very good.
The one negative was the actual audio production. I have listened to several dozen audiobooks from audible and never experience one that was this poor. In numerous places in the book, a phrase or sentence repeated itself. That was annoying but to top it off, when part 4, the last download of the book, started it was more than half an hour of repeat from the end of part 3. Someone clearly fell down on the job putting this together. I expect better.
I didn't really know what to expect when I started this book. I was not in the frame of mind for the deep and depressing start and frankly after the first couple of chapters of this book I was about to put it aside. I'm glad I didn't. The book would never be classified as light and fun, but it is very well written and wonderfully performed. And without spoiling it, the end of the book makes getting through the tough early part (and several other depressing parts throughout) well worth it.
Ok, I scanned the other reviews and didn't see anyone mention this so I'm wondering whether it is just my download but there are entire sections of this book that repeat parts of Book 4. Not just a rehash of something the exact same recorded material. Part of chapter 8 in this book were copied from chapter 6 of Book 4.
Did no one else come across this in their download?
I like historical fiction a lot and have listened to scores of books since joining audible.com but this is one of only a couple of books that I simply could not finish. I had high hopes for the book and the series after reading the publisher's summary but the book never develops. I like long detailed books, but this one rambles aimlessly, sometimes providing exhaustive lists which drone on until the point at which I wished for an accident on the freeway to take my mind off the book. Here is an example. At one point, about 5 ?? hours into the book the topic of ???punishments??? is discussed. The list which follows for the next five minutes is laborious and mind numbing but when it ends, it simply ends and the author goes on to another topic without tying the last five minutes to anything before or after (at least as long as I continued to listen). Which brings me to the biggest problem I had with the book; even where there is an occasionally interesting section it is all too quickly gone without advancing the story line.
After reading some of the glowing reviews here I can???t help but wonder if they were really listening to the same book or if they were related to the author.
I too began Judas Unchained and had a hard time getting into the book. Now that I am almost 30 hours into the book, I find that audible has now released "Pandora's Star" which is the second book in this series and the story in Judas Unchained continues the story from Pandora's Star. I guess Audible will probably wait a couple of months and then release "Misspent Youth" which is the first book in the series. I sure wish they had released them in the correct order. They have lost a sale because it is too late for me to go back now. I don't usually read sci-fi but the book itself, once you get the various charachters straight, is enjoyable and John Lee does his usual great job. The 3 stars could go to 4 depending on how he resolves the issues by the end of the book.
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