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©1980 Gene Wolfe; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
"The best science fiction novel of the last century." (Neil Gaiman)
I tried to like this book, the story and characters interested me, but I couldn't finish it. Jonathan Davis was excellent but even he couldn't pull this one off for me.
I can't give a good review of the book(s) because I couldn't hear them. I like listening to Audible while driving and the narrator goes from extremely loud yelling to a barely audible whisper. So when driving I was either blasted out of my seat or couldn't hear anything that was going on. If the volume was leveled better I wouldn't be having to rewind 15 to 30 seconds every five minutes to figure out what was going on.
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.
Based on the opposing reviews of this book, it seems that this may appeal to some folks. I gave it way too many hours and cannot see the any bright spots. I dare to say this may be one of the worst books i have bought on Audible. Do your research before you buy. I wish Audible did refunds
He is too young to have a thought process such as written. Overall, i was mildly entertain and thus 3 stars. Perhaps it was the narrator, but i did not find book to be very engaging.
The Shadow of the Torturer, and indeed the entire Book of the New Sun, is a masterpiece of Science Fiction - and of American Literature. So, five stars for the content. However, in this reviewers humble opinion, the reading of the text left a great deal to be desired. The timing was off, the voice bordered on nasal and the story did not flow. It was like the reader, trying to avoid the obvious rhythms, stumbles through the story trying to find creative ones. However, that said, this version is not unlistenable and I will probably purchase the remainder of the series. But where is "Urth of the New Sun?"
The reader's voice is to soft and monotone , I had a hard time telling the difference between characters, man or woman. It seems to be a very interesting story line but I have had a hard time listening to it.
This was a regrettable waste of $15 for two reasons: the story and the voice actor. OK I hung in there for a good 30 - 40 minutes before I gave up. Story: good lord that was boring slogging, there was absolutely nothing I heard in 30 minutes that gave me any interest in continuing. Does it ever pick up?? I'll never know. (Not that I'm without patience, my all time favorite novel is "Foucault's Pendulum", which doesn't pick up steam till about page 200.)
And the voice was intolerable. Sounded like the guy was on sedatives, pouring more boring into a boring story. Jonathan Davis -- I'll stick that next to my monitor with a post-it note so as to not make this mistake again.
Not much to tell! I used to read alot, but now that I need reading glasses, I enjoy listening to books instead of having to wear glasses!
It is possible the book is a good one but the narration was so bad I couldn't finish it and I couldn't even get into it.
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