©2007 by Simon R. Green (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
"This spy yarn is packed with enough humor, action and plot twists to satisfy fans who prefer their adventure shaken, not stirred." (Publishers Weekly)
"Green sustains a good spy thriller's breakneck action with lots of magic, strange creatures, and even some character growth and romance." (Booklist)
The narrator - He not only sounds like he'd be better placed reading childrens books, but the result is painful - by the end of the introduction the protagonist ends up sounding like a sexual predator and creeper (especially with the repetition that Green is known for). His cadence is nasaly and his tempo and rythm make any action scenes obnoxious. The character voices he slips into for peripheral characters are misplaced and don't seem to match descriptions.
Perhaps with excessive warning of the narrator, but most likely not. It killed the book for me - I couldn't get past a few chapters in.
It would have to be a very particular kind of book for me to even consider it.
Write this review to provide warning and I don't usually do that... It was that off putting.
No. The plot is mediocre and could be fun if it wasn't for stuart's failed attempts at doing voices for different characters.
Everyone's voice except the main character is about the same. too drawn out like they are all very wise. The women were the worst. Needs to learn from James Marsters or Michael Kramer.
Refund? i couldn't even make it halfway.
It took a while for me to get used to the narrator's voice. I started and stopped listening to this book several times. However, at some point it clicked and I really enjoyed listening to this book. I previously read the hardback version.
Look for the details, that is what life is about.
When if at all will the torc become silver...it is a wonderful work of Simon Green. Now I'm ready for the next book in the Torc
This story is very well written with lots of witty dialogue and action. The only downside is the narrator, his character voices are terrible and inflection is a bit annoying. However, if you like this genre as much as I do, the story is certainly worth listening to and I would recommend it.
I saw this book in my recommended titles and figured I'd give it a try. It sounded interesting and it was to an extent. The huge variety of different magics and cultures was quite fascinating but the constant reminders our how powerful and nigh-immortal the main character was got old quickly.
Its fitting and very human for him to keep reminding himself of the "truths" that being broken down but we the readers already know it and only want to hear it so many times.
Another issue I had with this book was the extreme usage of the term supernatural. Obviously this book is full of things that are supernatural but I am convinced the author uses it as a catch-all term when he doesn't wish to explain something. As in "supernaturally strong" and "supernaturally fast" and while this isn't bad its used far too much.
The last thing that I didn't enjoy about this book, sadly, was the reader. His voice was perfect for the main character but I found nearly other characters voice choice to be annoying and distracting.
The story of the book was quite intruiging meandering between fantasy, sci-fi and politics covering innumerable types of each and giving us a whole slew of cults and characters a few extremely unique and with some jaw-dropping descriptions but these are sadly not the majority.
I was torn between giving this book a 2 or a 3 it almost seems unfair to rate a book but the person reading it, but since its an Audio book that's a huge part of the presenation and he made it a trying experience. In this case I would recommend just picking up a paper copy so you'll get your own voice.
The voice actor does a great job for the main character, but makes young roles have old man and old women voices and the main supporting women role who is supposed to be petite sound like she sings bass. It was very distracting. he made the voices easy to differentiate, but didn't seem like he did his homework on who they were coming from.
I have to agree with everyone else, the narrator did a horrible job on the female voices and the intonations are very off. Parts that should have been more somber or relaxed were upbeat and surprised. I like the story and didn't find it trite or forced.
It's Simon R. Green so I had to get it. It's very similar to the nightside series. It a shared universe so I was happy to be back in this world. I finished the nightside series recently. I enjoyed it. The narrator was fine. I wasn't blown away. I will definitely pick up more of these stories.
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