Perhaps I shouldn't review this book, since I haven't been able to bring myself to listen past the first quarter of the book. My husband read a biography of Genghis Khan a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. I bought this one on the strength of that memory.
However the narrator's voice sounds so pretentious I just can't get past it. It invades the content of the book, coloring it so much - well, actually, now that I am writing this, perhaps I'm blaming the narrator when it might be the book that is so pretentious.
Whether is it totally the narrator's 'fault' or the book itself, this one is a tough listen. There's got to be a better version of this story out there somewhere.
I'm sorry; I really tried to listen, and I will try again sometime, but the narration of this audio-book is irritating. The reader sounds bored to me, perhaps it is just his stuffy sounding British accent. [I'm a big BBC fan, so I don't really have anything against British accents.] His inhalations are very audible as well, and they don't contribute to the story.
I was ready to purchase another version and I looked for another on Aubible.com. I wanted an unabridged, and this is the only one. The longest abridged version also has a fairly unexciting reader, so I guess I may just read this book or wait until I'm feeling really tolerant before I try again.
I bought this to listen to on an upcoming trip, but I couldn't restrain myself and finished it almost a week before leaving. The narrator does an excellent job. The examination of the maintenance of order, the use of terror and civil unrest, was interesting. But the intrigue and suspense as the story revealed the past of the characters and how 'justice' is served, was what kept me listening.
I really enjoyed Michael Pallin's last book and this one is very good too. The section on local agriculture was very interesting. Bu the narrator was overly dramatic to the point of being difficult to listen to. I'm a dedicated listener, and I liked the book, but I nearly turned it off a few times due to the narration.
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