As lothed as I am to be overly critical of a narators performance when reading the first in a new series. Not having had much to work with in regards to tone, character mind-set and all that jazz... I hate to say that Christine Rendel totally misses the mark with this first book in the 'Cold As Ice' series. When it was first released I bought it thinking that the wonderful Kate Reding was narating. This turnned out to be a misprint on the sites part and after listening to the first chapter I almost returned it due to the naration.
The book itself is solid with a nice plot that doesn't overwelm the reader and characters that have lots of room to grow. (have to say I love Bat. Think morbidly obese version of Sheldon from Big Bang Theary and you've got an idea of what he is) But in order to get through the book I had to crank the app up to triple speed to deal with the labored naration.
By far it had to be the Prologue where we were introduced to the Universe and the cruelty of the 'Epic' menis.
His wide array of vocal styles. He captured the brashness of youth, the voices of experience and it was very very easy to know which person was talking at any one moment.
Once again... A moment in the Prologue where one of the characters does something (no spoilers) Let's just say you will want to give your kids a hug when it happens.
This was a fantastic book. Full of action, good dabs of humor and an ending that I never saw coming. The next book in the series can't come soon enough. Brandon Sanderson has really created a rich world and the options going forward are nearly endless.
Let's get one thing straight from the start... This book is violent. It isn't some prissy little 'sparkley Vampire' or 'soft and fuzzy warewolf' book. This is 23 hours of balls-to-the wall action, fun and enough twists to keep you interested from the start wright up to the end. Fantastic epilogue will suck you right into buying the next book which is even better then this one. Narator takes a little while to get into the groove with the diffrent character voices but by the end you are in no doubt he was as into it as you will be listening. I highly recommend this and the two follow up books.
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