Please re-record this book, the narration is bad. Why would the older people in the book talk like crazy gold prospectors?
Early on you find yourself rooting for the protagonists, but the characters are all so un-redeamable that after a few hours you don't care what happens to them. This seems to violence and bad behavior for the sake of violence and bad behavior. What drove the author to write this book? What a sociopath!
The narrator was actually pretty good except for one huge flaw. He reads too slowly. It is only tolerable if you have an ipod with a faster playback setting.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject. I would have given it five stars except the author is a bit schizophrenic about who his audience is. He switches from writing to the "lay" reader, like myself, and to other linguists, addressing conflicts that the lay reader would have very little interest in.
I enjoyed the story, but there is no reason this series should break where it did, except the desire to sell more books. I refuse to reward such bad behavior. If they ever sell two books for the price of one (making one normal sized book) I might give it another try.
If you are sensitive to improbable actions on the part of the characters, this book will bug you. If you are sensitive to a reader that manages to make one syllable into two syllable words, the narrator will bug you.
The first book ended with things in such a mess that I felt compelled to continue, but after listening to the first part of the second audiobook, I decided it wasn't worth my time to see how it ended.
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