I waited for a long time for this book to be recorded. I am a big fan of the whole series, so I bought the book in print before listening to it. I was extremely disappointed by how thin and predictable the entire plotline and content were.
Katherine Kellgren remains one of the best character readers of all time. It is a shame the book reduces her effectiveness as a narrator.
The Mark of the Dragon is full of smoke and has no real fire coming out of its nostrels.LA Meyer is stuck in the doldrums along with Jackies ships....floating around looking for some wind to fill out his enthusiam for the plotlines.
I got the kindle version yesterday and have been reading and listening to the novel... listening while driving. The kindle has computer generated voices and they are rather disturbing. I thought I'd look to see if the Audible version was available for my Ipod... sampling the new narrator, I think that I will stick to the Kindle. Maybe Harry's voice changed during the 6 months he was between worlds. I have been re-listening to all of the novels to get geared up for the new release and not having James Marsters continue with the saga is very disappointing. Bring him back... make your listeners happy. I have not seen one good review out of the hundreds listed.
I have listened to all four books in a very short period of 5 weeks. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Roy Dotrice's reading of the first 3 books. He kept me interested in the confusing ramblings of the author. I was extremely disappointed with John Lee's rendition of the 4th novel. His voice conveyed none of the imagery of the previous 3 and I was bored after a few chapters.
The biggest complaint that I have with the series, however, is the author's verbal diarrhea describing insignificant and irrelevant characters and their family and personal histories. After 90 hours and 4 books the verbiage becomes overwhelmingly tedious and a major distraction to anyone listening. I became lost with who was doing this and that and who was related to what other character who no relevance in the plot.
My biggest disappointment is the lack of any movement in the overall storyline. There is a rush to make some progress somewhere in the middle of "A Feast for Crows", yet the plot lags with the continued introduction of more and more characters and finally the book ends with author's excuses and promises of more to come. This promise was made in late 2006. Now I see on Wikipedi there might be another book published next year with two more volumes to come on the market in the next decade.... What a disappointment. These four tomes should have been edited down to two or three at the most.
Don't bother listening to any of this series unless you want to be left hanging like I am for a conclusion coming in 2020. I like my novels to have a beginning and an end. Spending as much as I have on this series leaves me wondering why I bothered.
These "Ice and Fire" books are meant to leave you hanging and waiting for more....but to wait another 10 years for an ending...We should all live that long.... SAVE YOUR CREDITS OR YOUR CASH.... THE "BLOODY JACK" CHILDREN BOOKS ARE MUCH MUCH MORE FUN AND COST A HECK OF A LOT LESS.
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