The Judging Eye

The Aspect-Emperor, Book 1
Narrated by: Kevin Orton
Series: Aspect-Emperor, Book 1
Length: 19 hrs
4.3 out of 5 stars (190 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A luminary in the fantasy genre firmament, R. Scott Bakker returns fans to his acclaimed Prince of Nothing universe with The Judging Eye. Aspect-Emperor Kellhus is waging a terrifying war, subjugating all nations in his path. There are those willing to stand together against him, but these rebellious souls must act quickly and decisively to thwart his mad schemes of power and domination.

©2010 R. Scott Bakker (P)2013 Recorded Books

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A complete letdown

Would you try another book from R. Scott Bakker and/or Kevin Orton?

I would try another book from R. Scott Bakker but not with Kevin Orton som narrator.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would change the narrator.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His reading was overall annoying.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It might have but I will have to read it in another format to find out.

Any additional comments?

I really looked forward to the Aspect Emperor triology, I even added the second book to my wishlist. But I see that Kevin Orton narrated that one too so it will get off the list.

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Terrible Narrator- James Lipton esk....

Love the series, but this narrator makes it so hard to listen to. I've listen to a few hundred audio books in my life, and never had a narrator ruin the experience before. This is also the first review I've ever written, motivated by my need to share my frustration with a great series ruined by an awful narrator. He's like James Lipton ('inside the actors studio') crossed with Vincent Price... might sound like it would be fun to listen to, but it's not. Comes off very pretentious, and the terrible pauses (multiple times in every sentence) made me want to invent a time machine to go back and stop his parents from meeting.

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Terrible narrator

Narrator absolutely ruined this series for me. Made it through the first book, but quit with White Luck Warrior. Too bad they changed narrators from Prince of Nothing series. What a shame!!

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Disappointing narration when compared to The Prince of Nothing, narrated by David DeVries.

Not even comparable to the narration of The Prince of Nothing series. Read like a dull and lifeless Presbyterian sermon - making it difficult to stay engaged with the story and differentiate the characters. Bakker’s work deserves better.

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Amazing story marred by poorly edited narration

Where does The Judging Eye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've probably listened to 150-250 audiobooks, and this is somewhere in the lower 50% of that. The writing is great, though.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hmm, I guess Drusas Achamiam. His pain is more relatable than anyone else's.

What three words best describe Kevin Orton’s voice?

Resonant, unchanging, adequate. His real problem is mispronunciation. He mispronounces /misreads words constantly, which shouldn't have been hard to catch because he reads so slowly! I mean, he changes the meaning of passages constantly, and makes hilarious errors that are extremely jarring (my favorite is in The Great Ordeal when he changes "She glimpsed a small girl wailing over a woman prostrate on the hard cobble" to "...a woman prostate on...").

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

It would probably end up being something dumb like "... sees all."

Any additional comments?

I really wish David DeVries had read this sequel series. Not only is the change in narrator jarring, but I don't think Kevin Orton ever learned phonics. I don't know who produced the audio book, but there's no excuse for the number of errors Mr. Orton makes that are in the final product.

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not optional

love all of the books in this series, masterful writing and interesting plot. the setting is rich with history and culture resembling ancient north Africa and Macedonia.

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Go ahead and continue

Any additional comments?

If you liked the Prince of Nothing series, you may as well keep going. It was a little hard in the beginning, getting used to the new narrator and starting a new set of characters, but it was worth it.

Narrator's not as good as the last trilogy but the story itself is just as good. May as well keep going if you've come this far.

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Good, adult, story. Poor choice of narrator.

What made the experience of listening to The Judging Eye the most enjoyable?

The Judging Eye is consistent with the previous trilogy. Bakker's stories and characters are deep and his story elements are mature.

What did you like best about this story?

I like that Bakker takes his subject matter seriously in spite of the story taking place in a fantasy setting.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin Orton?

David DeVries would have been a better choice of narrator. Kevin Orton's intonations are overly dramatic, even stodgy.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The characters are flawed in very human kinds of ways. They aren't typical "good guys" and "bad guys" for certain.

Any additional comments?

Overall, the book is quite good. If you like the original trilogy, you are likely to enjoy this book. Since the world is established, there is less time spent on world-building, however. This is important for those who were attracted to the first three in the series for their brilliant take on fantasy history.

The narration was completely inappropriate to the novel, however. There were moments when I was completely taken out of the experience of listening by the overly dramatic performance of the narrator. It seems clear that he did not understand the story or the characters.

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Previous narrator was better

This book is great, but the narrator seems to have a hard time keeping pronunciations straight. Even the nickname of the Wizard, Akka, gets pronounced as both Ah-ka and A-ka (first 'A' sound like the 'a' in cat). The guy who did the last three books was much better.

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Solid continuation of a dark and Rich journey

Orton is an incredible narrator; my one criticism is that (and this may be a weird one) his mouth sounds overly saturated/salivary: words are emphasized to the point where it's a little distracting. as for the story, it's comparable to TDtCB in that it builds rather slowly and gradually, preparing the reader for the slog ahead. in typical Bakker style, philosophy and psychology are delightfully interwoven, and the vocabulary utilized to illustrate the scenes sometimes requires a dictionary.