Jonathan Slater

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Writing 5, Narrator -1

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-10

I thoroughly enjoyed the Mistborn series. The narrator does make a huge difference. Mr. Yaegashi reads as if this were a children's bedtime story (aimed at age 5). An otherwise engaging story made painful to listen to by inept, singsong narration. I agree with another reviewer's comment that this narrator makes me want to buy the book and read it. There will be a sequel. I hope Mr. Sanderson has the good sense to use another narrator (Michael Kramer, please?).

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 star book. -2 star narrator

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-06

This is an engaging and interesting fantasy. Mr. Shimmerman's reading is, however, dismal. Everything negative the other reviewers have said about him is correct. He's a pretty good actor, but, to use an acting analogy, he "phoned this in." Having purchased it, I went ahead and suffered through his reading. I'd recommend READING this book (or have a 12 year-old read it to you), then return to listen to parts 2 & 3 which thankfully do not feature this narrator at all. I echo the previous reviewer: does anyone LISTEN to these audiobooks before they decide to market them?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Bad audio theatre

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-04

If you have NEVER read any science fiction, NEVER watched a single episode of Twilight Zone or Outer Limits, then these shows might be entertaining. If these were originally recorded in the 1940's, it would make more sense. These storylines were relatively new then.

Now, they are mind-numbingly predictable.

On the positive side, they might entertain small children, under the age of eight.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Nap time with Mr. Sammler

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-04

Mr. Sammler's Planet is the strangest juxtaposition of brilliant writing and bad reading I have ever encountered. The book is brilliant and I look forward to reading it. Unfortunately it is ruined in audio version by Wolfram Kandinsky's dry, rhythmically sing-song voice that seldom varies and eventually overpowers the story and puts me to sleep. Curiously, when Mr.Kandinsky switches from his narrator voice to the voice of a character in the box, he is quite lively and engaging. If he read the rest of the book with the same skill, I'd have given it a rating of 5 stars.

I drive a lot. I listen to books on tape/CD to help me stay awake. Given the book's reputation, this audiobook was very disappointing.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful