©2011 R. Scott Bakker (P)2012 Recorded Books
This is a continuation of a fascinating story. I definitely recommend reading it.
Honestly, I like that I have no idea if there's a "good," as in good vs. evil, character.
My biggest gripe with the performance is Mr. Orton's apparent inability to figure out what words should sound like and his obnoxious knack for changing or leaving out words. This, combined with a lack of editing. Seriously, who produced this? Isn't it someone's job to make sure the narrator actually reads what's on the page?
I'll give you a comparison: in The Warrior Prophet, there's a typo in the book in Chapter 13. Mr. Bakker accidentally wrote "...to see HIS hand drift deep between Dûnyain thighs..." instead of "...to see HER hand drift deep between Dûnyain thighs..." In context, this is clearly an error. I have a pretty old copy of the audio book, and I hope Audible has fixed this, but David DeVries pauses and says, "I'm going to provide you an alternate because I don't think that's right. I think it should be 'her hand.'"
That's a narrator who actually cares about the text! (I won't say anything about the producer/editor who should never have let that note into the release version of the audio book.) Kevin Orton CHANGES the text CONSTANTLY! (I know this because I enjoy reading along with audio books.) And, if he doesn't change the text, it's a crap shoot if he'll actually pronounce any remotely uncommon word correctly!
Oh, and he's pretty bad at differentiating characters too. Luckily, he has a pretty nice voice.
I'll throw in a quick funny from The Great Ordeal since I didn't buy it from Audible and therefore cannot review it on here: Mr. Orton, "glutinous" is pronounced glü-tə-nəs, not glə-tə-nəs. Glutinous =/= Gluttonous. Glutinous is an adjective meaning "having the quality of glue." Gluttonous is an adjective meaning "given to gluttony (eating too much)." Oh, and prostrate =/= prostate; that "r" makes a huge difference.
Oh, and in the recording for The Great Ordeal, almost every name gets pronounced differently than in The White-Luck Warrior (or the other four books), so be prepared to be annoyed when you finish this one and move on.
I don't think I cried, but it's a pretty extreme book.
Is there any chance David DeVries can rerecord the three Aspect Emperor books before The Unholy Consult gets published? He is so much more talented than Kevin Orton, and he seems to actually respect the text.
All of Bakker's work is enjoyable in my opinion and this book is no exception. The veils are being lifted from the more mysterious characters and the feelings of dread that Ive been having since first reading The Darkness That Comes Before are being realized. This series is a bit of a slog emotionally but is richly written and well worth the emotions that it conjures. The attention to detail and description of the distant and sometimes dead world of Earwa is so well done that I can easily picture it and find myself there. Top notch writing.
The performance of this audiobook is also wonderful and has given me goosebumps on many occasions over the last few weeks. The narrator fits the tone of the story perfectly.
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