I have tried three times to listen to this book, and have not been able to make it beyond about an hour or so.
I was very excited by the prem..Show More »ise of the story, and was looking forward to more books by Barbara Hambly.
But the narration is so abysmal that I cannot finish the book. Teri Clark Linden is the absolute worst narrator I have listened to in all my time as an audiobook listener.
She over-enunciates every single word and gives everything the same emphasis. She can only read about 4 words before having to take a breath, and there are odd pauses in all the wrong places. She prounounces the indefinite pronoun "a" as a long vowel (as in the first letter of the alphabet) and it's like biting on tinfoil. Other words are mispronounced, and it makes for an abysmal listening experience.
The only slightly better narration is when she is using a mock-English accent (voice of the wizard), but that only rises the performance out of the mire for a short time.
I am prepared to give Barbara Hambly another chance, but I will never listen to anything by this narrator again. I am going to return or delete the book.
While Teri does an excellent job with the voices of different characters, she is terrible when it comes to normal reading. Many statements she sounded..Show More » like she finished them as a question. There were often times when you couldn't actually tell that she finished a sentence and started another, though she wasn't as bad in this book as she was in the first of the series.
The twists in the plot and the depth of the characters. Though short and fairly simple compared to more modern trilogies or series books Ms Hambly di..Show More »d a marvelous job of revealing her characters and keeping parts of the story new and interesting.