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.
I like that Tris and his group of friends are slowly growing into their skills as they bond together as a group. The story has a good pace with action..Show More » as well as story and character development.
I've read through all the chronicles of the necromancer so far, and am working my wait to the further adventures of Tris Drayke summoner. There is on..Show More »ly one comment I'd like to make. I think that book 1 and 2 should have been made into one book, and the same with books 3 and 4. Even so, I've loved them all. This particular book was a bit low on action, but it was still high on drama and shouldn't be skipped in order to get to the "good stuff" in Margolan. I recommend this and all the series to anyone who might be on the fence.