Well, to be brief: DO NOT BUY THIS. I think most of the critiques of the narration are accurate. This guy's reading doesn't flow very well. The pau..Show More »ses are in all the wrong spots, and he emphasizes words in such a way that the meaning of the sentence is altered. If it weren't for his (American) accent, I'd assume he wasn't a native speaker. Not to mention he doesn't use the voice that the author describes. He'll use a strange high pitch voice when the author mentions the character is whispering. Odd. The whole thing is choppy at best.
That being said, I'm doubtful that even a superior narrator could do much for this story. It's INCREDIBLY one-dimensional; there's no depth here at all. I felt like I was watching some second rate TV show where the characters have to complete a series of inane quests in order to save the world (think 24, or better yet, the TV version of the Sword of Truth - and yes, the plot in that show IS bad).
Additionally, there's a lack of any glimpses into the character's psychology. Essentially we get a laundry list of the facts that compose the story; there's no internal struggle or personal burden that the characters have to get past. This contributes to a lack of connection with the characters, and ultimately results in the reader not caring who lives or dies in this world because he doesn't know anyone who "lives" there. Dunno if that resonates with anyone else.
I could go on, with other things I don't like, but I'll close with one last point: To be honest, I wouldn't really mind these mediocrities, if there was at least one redeeming factor out there somewhere. I mean, couldn't you have a cool system of magic, or a vivid world, or, or...SOMETHING??? Not here.
Go check out the Mistborn trilogy if you haven't. It's about 27.54 times better than this. Give or take.
The book itself keeps you intriged for the most part, however, you can skip some entire chapters ..Show More »without missing anything. The book seems to add chapters for clarification, but the author gets side-tracked frequently.
4/5 for a successful sequel but it continues in the same vain as the first book to the point of repetition.
The first two books were a good read. The second two books could have been one book. This third book spent half of the time re-telling the first two..Show More » books from a historical perspective. Truly, half the time.
The second half (part two of the two part download,) then prepared you for the fourth book. A prologue, but not a book. I felt ripped off. You are literally dropped off in the middle of the plot.
Over and over the author explains how a character feels about the same events in their life before the time of the first book.
To make it even worse, the great characters from the first book become weak and unable to think. Characters who rose up to face a despot king before, now can't deal with an obvious spy.
What happened? I can only imagine the editor was changed for these last two books.