©2008 Deepak Chopra; (P)2008 Random House Audio
I suggest skipping the introduction until the end so that you can listen to the story without preconceived ideas and allow yourself to make your own interpretations of events. The story starts out fine but as it progresses, the plot becomes confusing, in part due to the time-shifting element. Also, in order to prevent the reader from guessing the entire plot, at one point the author uses some minor misdirection. Unfortunately, to accomplish this, a character acts in a way that is not really consistent with the rest of how the character has been “developed”. In general, the characters in the story are mostly flat and rather than learning or growing, any changes they undergo are sudden or simply induced by a touch or other artificial means that replaces character evolution. The author also relies heavily on the reader being already familiar with the essence of the characters from Arthurian lore. I also had the feeling of the author taking someone else's characters and using them clumsily as puppets for his own quick puppet show akin to a child’s performance. By the end, I had lost any connection that might have been established with the plot or characters. I was also confused by events occurring an then reversing. Simon Jones does a great job of narrating, but even he cannot save the story. Also, for some reason, the author himself speaks the chapter titles which breaks the flow of Jones’ voice.
"what a shame"
this should have been a really good book but for me it had many faults:-
1 the prologue read by the author was long and should have been an epilogue.
2. for some unknown reason the author, not Simon Jones, spoke the chapter numbers and titles with music in the background. ( I don't like music in the back ground when someone is narrating the story).
3. the chapters were very short and jumped about from place to place both in the present and past.
4. the characters were very two dimensional, at one point I thought I was listening to a children's book.
having said all that Simon jones did a good job performing the book.
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