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By Amazon Customer on 13-09-2012
This is a fantastic trilogy, one of my all-time favourite fantasy books. I was so delighted to discover that it is available as an unabridged audio book, and read by the wonderful Simon Prebble, that I downloaded the entire trilogy and immediatly started listening to it.
This is not to be missed - a great story that keeps you on the edge of your seat right up to the end.
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By Michael Clark on 06-05-2018
Not what I expected. Fairly disappointed.
I got this book because of its good reviews but I finished the book rather disappointed.
The story boils down to a guy wondering about a lightly described fictional world accomplishing very little. The only interesting thing about the book came at the end where a big twist happens.
Compared to other audiobooks I’ve listened to this book has little description of the environment, leaving much to the imagination. In comparison, I feel other authors take time to describe/introduce places to the reader/listener. If there is an unpleasant city the author will describe exactly why/how it is unpleasant, whereas this book only gives the slightest, smallest description of something then whisks the main character off to a new location.
Similarly, it felt like there were so many non-essential characters introduced that very little time was spent building the main characters. I understand this book is part of a series and some of these characters might return with greater significance but I was left not invested at all in the main characters. So much so that I will not be listening to the sequels.
Finally, I might be splitting hairs or just crazy but it felt like the word “said” was used a lot. Few other verbs were used when in dialogue.
The narration was clear and audible but it was monotone at times. So many characters and very little differentiation in the voice made it difficult to tell who was talking.
I found this book rather disappointing after seeing such positive reviews. Be wary when reading.