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Disjointed with incredible narration

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-06-2019

First of all - stellar narration by Rupert Degas. I think he was the reason I saw this book through.

The book itself is so promising. The scenes, characters and imagery are all top notch. The execution, however, is lacking. The story comes across as quite disjointed and meandering, and while I was listening I would often find that I hadn't really made sense of the sequence for the previous twenty minutes of narration.

I think this book should have been subject to much tighter editing - half of it could have been cut out and the remaining stitched together to allow the story to flow more easily and logically. There's an amazing story in here - somewhere. It just got lost along the way. I'll be casting a curious eye over the sequel, but I'll need some convincing before I buy it.

Pretty decent, I'll buy the next book

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-2019

Fairly engaging and kept me intrigued. The narration was quite good but let down by long pauses due to inconsistent audio editing. It's definitely worth a listen despite that minor issue.

Excellent listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-05-2019

I thought this entry surpassed the first in the series. Well done to the author and well done on an excellent narration!

Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-2018

Wonderful performance and gripping stories. Highly recommended! Moffet as Proirot delivers a cheeky but clever performance.

A wonder to listen to

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-2018

An amazing story of a young man's development full of adventure and experiences. The hero doesn't fall into the trap of becoming too fantastic at everything too quickly. Every progression is earned, and earned hard. Wonderfully narrated by Mr Reynolds. The only downside is that the rest of the series isn't written yet!

Wonderful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-02-2018

Gaiman is a wonderful story teller, and he does brilliantly in bringing these old tales to life. Highly recommended.

A worthy continuation

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-02-2018

I was a bit wary of where or how the story would progress after the finale of the original trilogy. However, this is a very enjoyable read and definitely worth the credit. My only complaint is that the narrator for Lysanda seems to rush through his lines rather than spending it on inflection and pause. The other three narrators did brilliantly, with a special mention to Lyria's performer.

Doesn't translate well

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-07-2017

The story writing was fairly poor, with stilted dialogue and disappointing delivery. The human worm adventure was quite enjoyable, but the others fell far short of the mark. They should focus more on monster of the week stories in this format rather than the stale alien mythos that has well run its course. Duchovny and Anderson need to work more on their delivery over pure audio. They are excellent on screen actors but this does not necessarily translate well to audio dramas. It would probably help if they did group recordings - it feels they recorded individually, making it very wooden.

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Slow start but worth hanging in

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-07-2017

Stephen Pacey's narration is always an incredible joy to listen to. His intonation and ability to capture a character is the best I've listened to. Worth buying for his delivery alone.

Not a YA novel

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-01-2017

I had initial hesitations on getting this despite the reviews as it looked like a YA novel like the Hunger Games. After a couple of hours in I wasn't convinced; I'm not a fan of first person narration and I wasn't sold on the narrator as well. I am very glad I pushed through because the story ramps up considerably and the narrator really grew on me. I think the writing and the narration were excellent and the story deals with adult themes and does not pander to the listener. Definitely worth a listen, stick out the first five hours before making up your mind.

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