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Hang on through the opening

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

Reviewed: 19-12-2018

I enjoyed this audiobook, it's definitely worth a listen. Pros: - A great way to learn about the family sagas, with a good amount of variation so you don't feel like you get stuck in a rut. - The narrators are willing to open up about their personal saga, and their journey of discovery is an interesting one. Cons: - I almost rage quit the audiobook in the first few minutes as the two narrators kept switching. I thought if the whole book was like that my head would explode. The rate of switching gets better though, so stick it out! - The pace of the narrative is a little odd. It crescendos at about 80% of the way through, and then the last 20% is mostly just day-to-day minutiae. It's not wholly dissatisfying, but a little anti-climactic. I think I can understand it though, in light of the family sagas being about families in antiquity often dealing with that same level of minutiae - and then occasionally outright murdering each other - so the ending of this book being about relatively normal family routines is perhaps apt.

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An enjoyable book

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

Reviewed: 17-01-2017

Excellent narration. Worth listening to - my only minor complaint is Fry's occasional habit of listing things to death. Otherwise a very enjoyable and interesting book.