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©1980 Gene Wolfe; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
"The best science fiction novel of the last century." (Neil Gaiman)
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.
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.
This book was the most boring book I have ever heard. I kept having to rewind it in order to make sense of anything. It just drones on and on and on with no real purpose or story. You will find yourself spacing out while listening to this gargbage. Don't waste your money or credit on this junk.
It goes no where. I thought the idea was great. But all the author does is tell side story, after moral story, after day dream, after nightmare. It was dull. His writing style was filled with necessary imagery. I have been with audible for 9 years now and this is the second worst book I have ever listened too. The narrator was fine.
This has got to be one of the worst fantasy books of all time. I thought Terry Goodkind was bad, but he's a true genius in comparison to Mr. Wolfe's work. I would give this book negative stars if I could. I'm almost at the end and I'm still waiting for the story to start. Some of these reviews brags about Mr. Wolfe's english, well his fine words might be great, but they don't tell anything. The narrator isn't a whole lot better, while not the worst I've heard, he most definitely gets on my nerves. Stay clear of this, don't say you haven't been warned!!
worst i have ever tried to listen to ............. and i dont know if it is the book or the narrating that was the worst. it was so bad i ff through most of it to find something less boring. it long and very bad. J. Davis did not help a bit with his monotone voice.
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