This book really surprised me, and once the story had me I couldn't put it down (well, pause it I suppose). The story was excellent, the characteriza..Show More »tion superb, and the portrayal of the conflict very realistic. It reminded me very much of my first reading of Micheal Herr's Dispatches. The narration was spot on, and perfectly in-tune with the personalities in the story. Probably one of my best purchases thus far on Audible.
This was my second T. C. McCarthy book. I read the first in this series. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, which I also read in audio form. This o..Show More »ne's entire audio performance was so atrociously bad that I'm not certain if my impression of this book as less good than the first was due entirely to the performance or if the book itself is also of lower quality.
The performance by Turpin is terrible! She reads in monotone and is insanely boring to listen to. Put me to sleep every time, even in battle scenes. Additionally, some individual words were clearly re-recorded in a different session and dubbed into the final product. They are randomly louder and even in a different tone of voice than the rest of the words in the sentence. This is generally the case with the names of places. It seems as if they were mispronounced in the first performance and then just dubbed over later? In any case, the mix of monotone with suddenly louder place names makes for a very uncomfortable read. In spite of wanting to know the story, I gave up partway through.