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Masquerades: Forgotten Realms: The Harpers, Book 10 | [Kate Novak, Jeff Grubb]

Masquerades: Forgotten Realms: The Harpers, Book 10

When her hometown is overtaken by the Night Masks crime syndicate, Alias joins forces with the saurial paladin Dragonbait and the halfling bard Olive Ruskettle in a quest to free the town merchants from their underground overlords.
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When her hometown is overtaken by the Night Masks crime syndicate, Alias joins forces with the saurial paladin Dragonbait and the halfling bard Olive Ruskettle in a quest to free the town merchants from their underground overlords.

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    Pandora 08-04-14
    Pandora 08-04-14
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    "I am so disappointed in this narrator"
    What did you like best about Masquerades? What did you like least?

    I liked the story. I hated the narration. It is disappointing that they've allowed this narration to stand.

    The story itself is a good addition to the Forgotten Realms books, and continues with characters from Azure Bonds and the rest of that trilogy. Buy the book or ebook instead. Pay a middle school student to read it if you need an audio version, and you'll be better off.


    What other book might you compare Masquerades to and why?

    There is an earlier trilogy by Kate Novak and Jeff Grub starting with Azure Bonds about these same characters, which should give a strong indication about whether you would enjoy this story.... though it has a better narrator.


    What didn’t you like about Marty Moran’s performance?

    I would think twice about buying any book narrated by Marty Moran. The earlier books about Alias by Kate Novak and Jeff Grub had a different, far better, narrator. This book's performance is clearly completely unedited, filled with throat clearing, coughing, stuttering, and missed words. He changes his pronunciations of names frequently. Early in the book, there is one sentence in which the switch to past tense trips him up so thoroughly, that he restarts the sentence four times trying to complete it. In others, he clearly hasn't read the sentence through before, and is surprised by a conjunction, the ending of the sentence, or misreads the genders of the pronouns and starts over again when he gets to part of the sentence which makes it obvious he has mistaken which character is addressed. Obviously nobody listened to this before its release, and even the narrator didn't care enough to be sure they deleted the repeated sentences. Even aside from any skill in narrating, it is just complete lack of attention which would allow stuttering through sentences three or four times to be release without even trimming that part of the recording. I have never heard a worse book narration.


    Was Masquerades worth the listening time?

    Masquerades is worth listening to only if you have no time to read it yourself.


    Any additional comments?

    Make this book one you read instead. It's a good book, but a horrible audio recording.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul W. Westermeyer 02-19-14 Member Since 2013

    Paul Westermeyer

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    Would you try another book from Kate Novak and Jeff Grubb and/or Marty Moran?

    Yes, for Grubb and Novak, Maybe for Moran.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Marty Moran’s performances?

    Maybe, but only for a good story. He coughs and repeats himself suddenly in the middle of part 1. Very poor quality control. I wish they had used Kristin Kalbli, who read Grubb & Novak's Finder's Stone trilogy - she does a much better job then he does and is great as Alias (which she pronounces properly). He isn't horrific, just sub-par for this book. And the editing was poor.


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    E. WALLACE 06-26-15
    E. WALLACE 06-26-15
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    "something unexpected this way comes"
    Would you try another book from Kate Novak and Jeff Grubb and/or Marty Moran?

    The characters in this novel are well established after multiple prior story lines. Your impressions will remain unaltered. Dragonbait is as endearing as ever. Alias is, well, Alias. It helps to recall that for all the skills she has, she was born, ahem, yesterday.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Masquerades?

    The betrayal is one of the most memorable moments in Masquerades and it brings a needed edge to the tale.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Overall the narrator had fine delivery. Beware. The production of one chapter is completely unedited. You hear the narrator coughing, clearing his throat, and rereading sentences to change inflection.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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