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Well worth the wait.

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Reviewed: 24-09-2020

I have both wanted to listen to this AND avoided it since it’s release. Such a heavy topic. Very glad I did listen to it though (am going back for a re-listen immediately). Definitely re-listen to The Handmaid’s Tale first, for the full experience. Particularly like the details gone into (the questions and curiosities answered), the resolution (is not a cop out type ending), and the narrating is fantastic. I rarely actually write a full review, and this is brief still, but strongly recommend. One of those books which is worth the wait (no one likes waiting, but a book which is completely satisfying at the end of such a wait is worth it to me). While it has left me wanting more, it has satisfied me still. At 29 I read this in my early teens in high-school and it seemed very relevant then (though not all my fellow males agreed), in many ways it seems even more relevant now.

A perfect rendering of one of my favourite books.

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Reviewed: 31-05-2020

I really enjoyed this Audio Book. Unlike others I've listened to, the story was unabridged and this, in combination with the narrator's voice and the accents he used, was just fantastic.

A great book to listen to

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Reviewed: 18-05-2020

This was beautifully read but I wish I'd realised that the story was abridged as it missed so many details from my favorite story.

Awesome

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Reviewed: 09-07-2018

I wasn’t sure at first, the blurb just didn’t do it for me for some reason, but I love this series and have listened to it in full so many times that even if it wasn’t free I would have listened eventually. I am so glad I did tonight though! Great insight into Hannah, and the before-time, done in a way that surprised me (it was so separate at first, but tied it up so nicely in its way). Just a tiny taste of the past really, but it made my day, so I’d say it is worth it and recommend you give it a go 😊

Great book, slightly painful narration, worth it I think.

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Reviewed: 06-10-2017

I loved the story (and it is my first interaction with the books, I have watched the series and enjoyed that, and explored the wiki site, but have had difficulty with paper books the last few years due to a condition). If I could have read it on paper I may have done so instead. I have listened as far as book 4 though (starting book 5 now), so clearly I think it is worth it.

The accents are slightly odd or grating at times, but I can understand it, and that is the narrator's call really. The occasional mispronunciation is worse though. And it gets worse as you go into later books:

Caitlin for Catlyn
Peter for Petyr
Brian for Bran
Direwood for dire-wolf
Tragarian for Targaryan

And more. In book 4 it seems bad enough (just general words that are clearly wrong) one wonders if it was all proof checked? It isn't just that it can make following the story harder at times than I'd like from an audiobook, it interferes with suspension of disbelief too - it isn't only that I am brought out of the story by the thought that something wasn't right, it's that by book 4 Catlyn and Petyr are ALWAYS Caitlin and Peter, which feel like names out of place in GRRM's world.

As long as that slightly maddening thing is something you can cope with, or something you can endure to enjoy the story (like me) enjoy.

It is still worth it for me.