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Another rote reader rather than a good audiobook narrator

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-09-2020

I read all the Pern books as they came out, and I’ve been enjoying them now in audio. Most have been excellent, with various narrators all getting into the dream and story line. Unfortunately this is one of the books where instead of getting into character in either individual voices or emotion, she simply reads it out loud. Makes for a boring listen and I returned it after 20 mins of it. Read the hard copy, the stories are good and fill in background.

If you ignore Ruth's voice, a very good listen

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-2020

I'm listening to all the Pern stories that I had read as they came out, and enjoying them all. This one is delightful, following the little dragon and his Impressed, and progressing the world of Pern. The narrator does a truly exceptional job with the voices, everyone distinct and clear, and owned by each character. I cannot compliment him on this highly enough. Unfortunately it does have one exception, and that's, of all characters to be poor on, the titular character, Ruth the White Dragon. A tiny sport, not expected to survive, he sound like a querulous old man right from hatching, crotchety and a teeny bit senile at times in his speech pattern. Otherwise a really good book.

Good rousing ending... for now

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

Reviewed: 03-04-2020

Really enjoyed the story and narration, pretty sure there was some flexibility on the science, but who cares, it was a great take well told. With the minor exception that either the author or the narrator keeps using appreciable when he should be using appreciative! ‘He looked at her appreciably’ :D looking forward to the next trilogy, when presumably the battle will go to the necks.

Truly awful male narrator

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-2020

Ms Kowal's story continues at a good pace, with evil back to haunt the couple and a new setting and new plans. But this time Audible has a male narrator - quite why when Mary Robinette has managed just fine before is unclear - particularly this narrator. He appears unable to read coherently, so he has to pause between practically every word while he works out what the next one is. Frequently sounding like one of those computerised voices, devoid of emotion and monotonal, it's painful to listen to. You.....my love......are......a......force of.......nature......when.......you are......annoyed. OH FOR GOODNESS SAKE GET ON WITH IT!! I will note his name and never ever make the mistake of ordering an audible book if he is narrating, it really is that bad. Try a sample first and see if you can put up with it for 15 hours. On the other hand, loved Ms Onayemi's contribution, spirited and musical and a complete contrast to Robin Miles.

Started so well

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-12-2019

Excellent start, an old trope brought forward with new characters, with potential. Then the first half finished with a bang and it all went downhill from there, turning into some sort of robot chase and murder story with no reasoning behind it. Until an extraordinarily rapid conclusion that didn’t conclude at all. R C Bray was as always excellent at narration but the story destroyed it for him.

Not as advertised....

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-11-2019

This is a novel concept, well written, well narrated. But the moment you spot what’s happening, if you were expecting a sci-fi novel, things become quite uncomfortable. This is a psychological horror story. If that’s your thing, you’ll note the story turns and expectations turn downhill rapidly. It’s not mine, and I’ll be returning it, but if it’s yours, enjoy!

A good book, with a few minor flaws

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

Reviewed: 22-10-2019

Regardless of the advertising, this is not a remade fairy tale with a woman at the fore, it's a team player book with a girl as the main character, slight but significant difference. Wry humour throughout and likable characters, well narrated. A few slips in pronounciation - she pronounces consortium as consorshim (and it's written a LOT so it's frequently annoying) and omnishent instead of omniscient, hopefully someone will correct these details if she reads the next book. I enjoyed the story, and the magic/tech was just enough explained to let it make sense in suspended disbelief but not so wordy/lengthy that it bores. However, after a well written tale there's a very sudden and involved ending, in fact that very first mention of anything to do with "destroying the multiverse'. It's suddenly "and so in this one sentence we will tell you the entire future and complex relationships developing from this tale the end". Perhaps the second book in this duology will plump this out a bit, the characterisations and humour are more than enough to make up for the minor flaws and I will be buying it.

Again the mispronunciations distract from the story

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-2019

Enjoyed the conclusion to this trilogy, but the narrator still mispronounces words - weapons are apparently kept in a cachet not a cache- and now randomly speeds up, quite markedly at some points. Maybe he’s had enough and just wants to rush to the end. He often forgets to stop the character voice so says “he said” in the same voice he just said it in. The other really annoying habit is not to apply the emotion. For example the story says ‘and why should we, she said with deep contempt’ but he just states it without the contempt. I’ll actually make a note to avoid any books with this narrator.

Enjoying listening to a book from the past

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-03-2019

David Eddings was one of my watch list authors, bought all their books as they came out and enjoyed them. Nice revisiting them, the story mostly holds up (except the child beating as punishment!) and I have forgotten just enough to keep the story interesting. The only drawback is the narrator's persistent mispronunciation of words such as sacristan and impudent/impudently. At one point he even pronounces worship as warship. It stops you listening and going what did he say?? Aren't there editors for this? However he gets the three stars as he does well with a very wide range of characters.

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