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©1980 Gene Wolfe; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
"The best science fiction novel of the last century." (Neil Gaiman)
I can't say I would ever pull a Gene Wolfe book again. Jonathan Davis whispered way too much for me to hear anything. Honestly, give the sound clip a shot.
I just don't get the fascination with Gene Wolfe. Agreed the novel is not for everyone, but it really requires the reader/listen to work... and not in a fun way.
I will never listen to Jonathan Davis again. He has good range but choose to whisper and destroy all voices. Maybe because it was a first person narrative. Either way, it was horrible.
I was angry at myself for being stubborn and not just getting a refund. I said, "oh no, it's me. People love this guy, it must get better." Wrong wrong wrong.
There is a reason no one mentions what the story is like in their reviews. First part is Severian leaving the guild (mildly entertaining). The second part is his travels up North (muddled mess). The ending follows suite with a bunch of circus nonsense. Honestly, billed as Sci-Fi... he rides a horse with a sword. No space, no ships, no lasers...
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Well this was interesting, it's the first 1/4 of a novel and just the beginning, so it's hard for me to really know if is will be a good story or not, it is literally the start of the story with nothing ending, no other way to explain it.
This is not the worse book I've heard, but it lacks so many elements that make a story good. There's no clear direction of where it's going. It gives these fantastical scenarios without explaining anything about them. The listener is left to try and puzzle things out long after the book is done, and it's not such a happy task. It leaves far too much to interpretation and then it ends abruptly.
While the auther writes extremely well, the story is very slow moving and morose. I just wanted the book to end.
Story lacked little to keep a reader interested. A non - fiction autobiography would have been more interesting.
What a waste of a credit!!!
The narration was the only good thing about this book
If Jonathan Davis is doing the narrating, I will stay away from it unless the reviews are off the charts. The whispering drove me to shut it off after about an hour.
From the hour that I listened to, there was nothing driving me to keep going. Some of the reviews I read said it was a great story, started slow, but the narrator's style turned me off.
Probably not. Next time I will listen to samples before I buy, his monotone whispering voice just didn't do it for me, BUT then again, I just came off of listening all 5 books of A Song of Ice and Fire read by the mighty Roy Dotrice.
My opinion is to stay away from this. Might give it a shot another time or check out the print version.
The book is good, the narration, and production, is ruinously bad. You probably won't even notice just how bad it is until you're on your second or third book narrated by Mr. Davis.
Male characters (Book of the New Sun series, The Sprawl Trilogy, The Windup Girl): Despite the context all male main characters are presented as rough, deliberate, and slightly depressive. It's not so bad really, until you hear how Mr. Davis represents female characters.
Female characters: If you were reading Shadow of the Torturer you'd expect Agia to be a sweet, perhaps lively, spitfire; that's how your mind would naturally present her. Mr. Davis presents her and all main female characters as so subdued that you're afraid the female will throw herself off a cliff or cut her wrists at the nearest convenience. It's not just the tone used, but also the speed at which their dialog is read which must be at least half the speed of the normal dialog flow. It's maddening.
It's not just the depressive, suicidal, main characters it's also the flow of the dialog itself that is entirely counter to the natural way any given person would read a book. Naturally a reader will speed up as climactic events unfold. Jonathan's narration is so dull and deliberate, regardless of climactic context, you could use it to calibrate a metronome. And if you want that metronome at half speed, find some female dialog.
To the producers: Don't have ANY music playing by the time the book starts, don't have ANY music playing BEFORE THE BOOK ENDS. Those two times are the most critical, and yet the production team of this audiobook thought it would be a good idea to ruin both the introduction and the end of the book with nonsensical music. I didn't want to know the book was about to end.
Authors: If you have some good sci-fi or fantasy that you want totally ruined, hire these producers and Jonathan Davis again.
Listeners: Buy the paperback.
“Never laugh at live dragons.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
This book had potential. Everything fell terribly short for me. The storyline was flat. The way the narrator s l o w l y read each line in a whisper was beyond annoying. There was no connection with the characters. Usually when I listen or read a book not to my liking, I'm generally interested in the characters enough that I want to finish the story. I could care less what happened to....what were there names again? Like I said, Torture! I waisted my money.
Terrible story, impossible to follow. It will not grab your attention.
Not the second book in the series. I couldn't even finish this book.
The reader is good. The story is terrible.
Took a chance on Wolfe, whom I'd never heard of, and regret it. Life is too short for art this long and devoid of incident. Wolfe's highly regarded verbal inventiveness quickly feels gimmicky and is not enough to redeem a tale I plodded through. The narration was no help.
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