Some of the reviewers compared this author with Joe Abercrombie, so I listened hopefully. Unfortunately there was not much of a story here. The reader didn't help things as his delivery was flat and without expression - rather yawn-provoking actually. A few times I found myself distracted by the thought that when readers come to an unfamiliar word, shouldn't they look up the pronunciation before making the listener roll their eyes?
Some of the more interesting characters that appeared at the beginning faded away shortly afterwards never to be seen again, and we have to wait until the last quarter of the book before we're told why they're all fighting.
I did try to like this but failing an interesting storyline I found myself picking at things that annoyed me. Like the shrugs. All the characters shrugged. On every occasion however inappropriately.
Perhaps the ending made up for it all. I'll never know.... (I just shrugged.)
I devoured this in a very short time but didn't emerge totally unscathed. The author is limited by historical events which results in a portrayal of calamity upon catastrophe - don't listen last thing at night if you want pleasant dreams!
I hardly dare raise my head here to say that I found the narrator's accent distracting to the plot. I can't pretend he's from England which is basic to the performance. It's comparable to an English voice narrating a Mickey Spillane novel.
Just spoils it really...
The narration of this book is let down by the way the dialogue is handled. The characters seem to be shouting at each other about 75% of the time and the voices used would be fine if they were in a fairy tale. Real human beings don't talk like that, however.
It's too bad for the author because the story is quite good and the review would have been much better if it wasn't for the distracting voices.
This was really exciting and I gobbled it up in 2 days! One of my all time favorite audibles.
It is my first experience of Trollope and I have to say that I expected the style to be rather fusty and Victorian. Instead it was very enjoyable and made me laugh out loud, even though there were a few characters needing a whack upside the head...
I'm now in the enviable position of exploring the rest of this series, although in reverse order.
Simon Vance - what can I say? Brilliant!
Maybe I'm just too unsophisticated for this offering but I had to give up. All those words just weren't turning into anything meaty.
Hey, Joe Abercrombie, all is forgiven!
Maybe it's unfortunate that Joe Abercrombie set the bar so high with his previous books, but this was a woeful anticlimax. Having come to expect masterly character development I found these characters rather weak, not believable in the same way as Glokta and the Bloody Nine.
Perhaps my review could have gained another star had the narrator been Steven Pacey, but this reader was not into the story in the same way.
I selected this title with trepidation after reading the reviews, but there is quite a strong romantic theme set against the rather powerful factual backdrop of the battle of Waterloo. I enjoyed it in a different way from the usual "fluffy", improbable tales we're all accustomed to and would happily read more in the same vein (if she'd written any!).
This was OK compared to Joe Abercrombie's other offerings which I feel are brilliant. In the other books the battle scenes are interspersed with interesting narrative whereas this is pretty much all battle scene.
Michael Page was an adequate reader but he had a hard row to hoe following Steven Pacey, and this added to the impression that this just wasn't up to the usual standard.
This started off well but didn't hold my interest. The characters drawn from history weren't convincing and I think this was the core of my disappointment. The timeline of the story was difficult to follow and as the narrative went on (and on) I stopped caring about where it was going.
I thought the narrator did a good job, although I did notice a couple of entertaining spoonerisms!
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