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Great Story, Horrible Narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-2020

Jim Bond's best saving grace is that Dick Hill manages to deliver a worse performance for 'Temple of the Winds'. Whereas I give credit to Hill for at least trying (despite missing the mark by a country mile), Jim Bond's flat performance has a soporiphic effect such as to make this audiobook a great listen if you need to fall asleep. The story itself is, on the other hand, one of the best in the series. It introduces some of the best characters in the series; Ann, Nathan, Nicci, Verna and many, many more. With a read, if not a listen.

Strong, confronting plot - weak narration

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

Reviewed: 21-01-2019

Temple of the Winds ignites the conflict between D'Hara and the Imperial Order by bringing the armies of the Old World into D'Hara and the Midlands proper. More challenging and graphic in its presentation of the depravity of the Order than the past two novels, this book really begins to flesh out some of the secondary characters; building the likes of Ann, Nathan and the Mord-Sith into relatable, sometimes flawed, charmingly human characters. The performance, however, is the worst in the entire series. Dick Hill almost invariably pronounces names incorrectly (eg. Kahlan, Adie), applies inexplicable and inconsistent accents to characters and in some cases - most notably with Zedd - affects voices that do not fit the character. While his narration is fairly expressive and he has put some effort into adding depth to his performance with accents, it feels a bit haphazard and more often than not misses the mark.