Donsky's narration was grating in voice quality, but worse, he used the wrong intonations with the words he was reading. that said, he could only read the really poor writing.
the general story of Scott and Allen was good, the extra garbage about who was thinking what when you couldn't know, failing to acknowledge that Allen would have received several penalties on the iron war day had all the stuff from the story been true, blaming the fathers for everything, it was too much, poor, poor trod upon typical America cry baby stuff throughout the book.
Mark Allen's divorce was acceptable because Allen was a peyote smoking mystic, but Allen was a terrible father ergo the divorce because he made his kid ride a bike while he ran? Mark Allen's father was a terrible father because he worked all the time to get through medical school, then after the divorce, his father was a terrible father because he called him every week and expected him to go to college which somehow equaled too controlling, then when Mark was doing tri, his father was there to support him at races and that was wrong too. Let's face it, regardless of what his father did, he would have been demonized to support the author's hypothesis that people really good at triathlon had bad fathers. Every body can find something to claim their father was terrible, sad that this had to be the overriding theme of this book when in fact, but for his father's money and financial support, Mark Allen would not have been doing triathlons rather than working those first years.
whereas Goodkind has drug out these stories with rambling about things like ten pages on how a mirror image works in previous books, at least he maintained continuity between one book to another. this one he lost it. For instance, suddenly all the gifted people lose their magic when he loses his. That has never been the case before. When he lost his gift before, mord sith agiles lost power and the bond was lost that projected against the Dreamwalker but that didn't mean all his gifted people no longer could use their gift. PLUS, in the previous book when Richard lost his gift, everyone swore allegiance to Nathan so they are protected. What happened to that bond? It was never rescinded. although these books tend to be rambling and sometimes good kinds hatred for women is disturbing, at least there was a continuity that brought me back to the series rather than start a new one. Completely changing the facts of the very building blocks is akin to starting a new series so if the only reason you stick with these increasingly rambling stories is the continuity, pass on this new set as continuity no longer exists
different series by a different author
i wouldn't be able to listen while walking or biking
it is still a good genre, and it does kill time
the audio problems seriously detracted from this book. there have been other audio books in this series where the narrator fails to learn how to correctly pronounce a word used in previous books, like Kara (/kara/ v. /cara/), Kahlan (/kay-lin/ v. /kah-lin/, Aydindril (/eye-den-dril/ v. /ay-din-dril/) and the individual names of the mud people, and other minor characters and certain minor places, but they were minor characters so not as distracting.
However, this narrator not only continuously mispronounces D'Haran and D'Hara (often pronouncing it /daran/) - completely leaving out the H sound, but isn't even consistent in how she pronounces it during the narration. other than the very annoying issue of HOW do you leave out the H sound when it is emphasized in the spelling, someone who takes pride in their work would at least make a note to themselves in how they pronounce a word so they were at least consistent. also, at the beginning of the book, the narrators toneless voice fit the scene - it was a time of mourning, but the same toneless voice throughout is grating. then there were the issue of where they picked up after a break and the sound level changes drastically. very difficult book to listen to despite a good story
she takes zero pride in her work, mispronouncing words that she should have checked how all the other narrators pronounced the word, but even without checking - D'Hara is most definitely not pronounced Dara
is it really that hard to prep the narrators to use the same pronunciations throughout the series? using different pronunciations of very central characters - Kara and Kahlan (there was also lack on consistency in how the names of the mud people were pronounced), and central places like D'Hara and Aydindril are pronounces is a detracting annoyance and would have been very simple to fix
I hate the new story formula of I see you, I fall instantly in love, I have sex with you, and flirt with you, and you are a criminal, but who cares, you are sexy, so let's jump in bed despite very little interaction, with most of the story of who is avoiding who, so not building attraction, rather, lust at first sight. oh yeah, let's through in a little of a story.
I loved the books from the 90s that coined the term, "everyone loves a Lindsey." If those books, like Once a Princess or any of the Viking stories were on audible, I'd by them in an instant.
none - it was all so flirt, sex, flirt, sex, without any real story line despite the very rich characters already in the story like, George, Tony, etc.
way too much a story based on the modern day version of casual sex flirt, flirt, he's hot, let's hook up. you already have great characters - Judith is a real disappointing character painted as a modern day, air head, slutty, casual sex character. that's not why I read historical romance
please go back to the formula that made me fall in love with Johanna Lindsey books. This is not it.
the story lagged a bit about the midway point, and the violence was a little shockingly violent, but was also outstanding in sucking you in and the last half I didn't want to stop listening for any reason. given the length of the book, the last half was pretty long - which was fabulous and engrossing
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