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Narrator's style completely misapplied :(

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-2020

Dove in without foreknowledge. Instantly fell head over heels for the extrordanary prose and the dark, wild promise of this story. Didn't last the first chapter. The narrator employs this weirdly light and upbeat tone/style. It created constant cringey dissonance. I would have loved the narrator for a Douglas Adams or Kurt Vonnegut kinda novel. Talent is there, but that style is completely misapplied here. Will seek out paperback.

Annoyingly "Straight white dude"

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-09-2020

I love me some hard scifi and epic, complex stories but I'm just so over these far-future epics with default straight white people. It's just plain implausible. Also, when the first female lead appears, she struts around naked while the author spends ages telling us all about how blonde and ridiculously hot she is 🙄 I didn't last long after that. Shame, because the worldbuilding seemed really promising...

Just read it.

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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: 01-07-2020

Just pick it up and dive in. What. A. Ride. I think I'm actually about to start it again immediately.

Even better than Ancillary Justice.

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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: 10-06-2020

Complex, smart, confronational and utterly unsparing. This series so far is an extraordinarily sophisticated literary exploration of power dynamics and injustice.

Constant Ramsay Bolton POVs, anyone?

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

Reviewed: 07-02-2019

If you're the kind of reader who thinks to themselves "A Song of Ice and Fire would have been SO much more enjoyable if we got to experience about 1/3 of it through Ramsay Bolton's eyes", then this is the book for you! I grant that the good bits in between are very good, but just not worth it.

The brilliant plot carries it.

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

Reviewed: 06-01-2019

Narration: Not abrasive, but nothing special. Writing style: Just scrapes in above amateur. Provides the odd small cringe or eye roll. His editor really dropped the ball on this, as a writer he deserves much more support because if he keeps at it he may actually become pretty decent. Plot: Stellar plotting absolutely carries the day! Fantastic story, genuine mystery, utterly intriguing and a very satisfactory conclusion. Glad I read it.

The most beautifully narrated audiobook ever

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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: 03-12-2018

I was so intrigued by this story when I read it in a physical book, but the audio version takes it to a whole new level and it utterly blew me away. I listen to a LOT of books and this is without a doubt the most gorgeous, moving and flawless narrative performance I've ever heard. Do yourself a favour and dive in.

Picked it up on a whim, and SO glad I did.

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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: 24-10-2018

What a delightful, wildly imaginative story! It is beautifully written and the plot just continues to thicken as the story progresses. I'm so impressed! The scope of the story kepps getting bigger and bigger and the characters are really fun. The protagonist is a bit naive for ages and that's usually quite frustrating, but the character is so likable that the author pulls it off without it getting annoying. The narration is fantastic too, his voice is perfectly suited and he rolls the story along with excellent pacing. His accents are acceptable and he doesn't give the women stupid voices. Give it a go!

Narrator lets it down

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

Reviewed: 30-09-2018

It's a fun story in the style of The Dresden Files. The narrator is fine until he tries to do voices. If you're ok with weird, screechy, cartoonish-voiced godessess and dogs with dopey, cartoonish speech impediments, go for it. If not, buy an ebook or hard copy.

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A fun, light read.

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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: 11-09-2018

The author hs some interesting ideas and executes the story well. likable characters and intrigue make this a light, fun read.