Move over, Eudora Welty. I love the slow pace and the gentle narrative. It's a great change of pace from my usual fare of fantasy and science fiction. It's warm and funny and eminently enjoyable. I actually appreciate the reader's pauses and find it adds to the experience. One caveat, these novels are not-at-all-disguised proselytizations for the Christian faith, complete with altar calls, so if you're not into that sort of thing you may want to shy off. I just accept those evangelical sales pitches as part of the story (being so in character for Father Tim) that I don't let it bother me. I still enjoy the story so much that I couldn't wait to get subsequent books.
For the last several weeks I have been absorbed in the audiobook world of Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh. I am now on book 13 of 15. This series is so very compelling. It's mostly concerned with the activities of a human envoy to an alien species, and a lengthy expose of detailed diplomatic negotiations with forays into action and warfare. It is surprisingly interesting, to the point that I must listen at all times and not give attention to anything else. I worry about what I will do when the last book is done.
I'm here to contradict the negative reviews about the change of narrator. I really liked James Marsters, but truthfully, John Glover is equally good. His delivery is good, his pace is good, his intonations and pronunciations are excellent. Sure, we all got to know Harry Dresden in another voice, but this is GOOD. It's better than good--it's outstanding.
Don't be put off this story by the naysayers--John Glover has done a fine job and his performance is worth your listening dollars.
After enduring 90 minutes of excruciation I had to give up. Never have I encountered a less interested reader.
He speaks in a droning singsong voice with virtually no tonal inflection. At 90 minutes the book still made no sense, the plot and characters were unclear, so I called it a day.
I was disappointed at the change in reader. I have come to love the voice characterizations and rhythms of John McDonough. If I had not already listened to the entire rest of the series, I would not have cared; but the change was a little off-putting for me. Otherwise, a typically enjoyable Father Tim book.
For some reason I found the audiobook too tedious to listen to. Maybe because I knew what would happen and didn't want to go through it all again. Somehow, the book has not aged very well.
I've previously only experienced this tale in movies, and had never read the book. How entranced and involved I became in this story, which is (no secret) far more compelling in its entirety. Of course no mere movie could capture the width and breadth of the brilliance of Edmund Dantes. It is very long, but never dull; and John Lee has done a superlative narration. Highly recommended.
Can't wait to get more Harry Dresden. James Marsters' narration is very good. Another reviewer did not like his breathy sighs, but I found them to be completely in character for Harry and not at all distracting.
I really liked Prince Roger and hoped this would be more in a similar vein, but no luck. I couldn't tolerate listening to the endless religious twaddle and frankly the middle ages just aren't that appealing. If you want that, you should listen to Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I didn't listen to more than a couple of hours of this before I'd had enough. Also, the narrator has a sing-song voice that fails to emote any drama or inflection, and there are no voice characterizations just a straight reading of the text.
Pointless, meandering, banal. No character development and not very interesting. Read very well, but that wasn't enough to make me finish listening to this snooze fest. I rarely discard a book unfinished, but this is one of them.
I was disappointed and jarred by finding that the download was not narrated by Stefan Rudnicki as advertised, but some unknown female voice totally unexpected and not at all welcome. Hated the voice, and would not have listened to it if I was not so involved in the story. Hate it!
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