Fans of Judith Tarr's work will be satiated by her usual blend of fantasy and historical drama, taking a half-immortal, supernatural prince on a quest to avenge his slain murdered nephew in the setting of the crusades. The time period and the Middle Eastern backdrop are described vividly as the adventure takes off. James Patrick Cronin gives the audiobook a dramatic performance setting a brooding, engaging pace and hitting the emotive notes as they occur.
A knight from across the sea, a beleaguered kingdom, a spirit of fire with a deadly secret - Judith Tarr's beloved novel of grand romance and high magic in the age of the Crusades appears for the first time in digital form. Join Prince Aidan, son of a mortal king and an immortal enchantress, and the deathless Assassin Morgiana, in a saga of war and truce, betrayal and honor, hate and love.
What disappointed you about Alamut?
The story is standard epic, filled with oversized heroes, magic, etc. The language is a bit overwrought, as per the formula for this type of story. However, I found this a very difficult book to listen to due to the combination of the wording and the poor narration.Trying to keep up with the cast of characters was a chore, as everyone sounded exactly alike. The pacing of the reading was also just off enough to cause complete confusion.
A: My father was mortal.
B: Your mother was not.
A: Her daughter was.
B: And her daughter's son.
Now imagine the above read in the same voice, and the same tone of voice, in a flat mid-western accent. It was irritating.
What do you think your next listen will be?
Not a book by Judith Tarr.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of James Patrick Cronin?
The story is set in the Holy Land during the crusades. A British narrator would have been a better choice. James Patrick Cronin sounds too, too 21st century American.Simon Vance would have been a better choice for narrator. That said, Simon Vance could read the phone book and make it sound interesting.
Any additional comments?
Listen to the excerpt before buying! I didn't and am really regretting it.
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I do not usually indulge in romance or fiction but this book, combined with the mindful narration, had me wanting to do nothing but listen. I cannot recommend this enough.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Some of my favourite books don't translate too well to audio format, but it's perfect for this book - really builds up the pictures in the mind.
What other book might you compare Alamut to, and why?
The Dagger and the Cross - the sequel
What does James Patrick Cronin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
He reads well and does different characters well, both male and female. It made me look at the book from a different viewpoint - I have owned the book for many years.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Magic and mystery - fantasy of an alternate history
Any additional comments?
I have bought many books I already own as audio books as I can listen while driving, gardening or doing any other chores