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Laura

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Love Melina Marchetta!

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

Reviewed: 26-09-2017

I adore Melina Marchetta and I love Finnikin of the Rock.

This is my third reading, but the first time I've listened to the audio version. I don't think this is the best way to discover Finnikin of the Rock, however. I think you should read the book traditionally first.

For one thing, there's a lot of names, and I think seeing them helps a lot.

Another thing is that I didn't find myself getting as lost in the story, or becoming as affected (I don't think there's a Melina Marchetta novel that hasn't made me cry at least once, EVERY time I read it). I'm not sure if it was the vocal actor or not. I do think he was pretty good, he had some great voices for some of the characters (at least one not so great voice that I can think of too!). He even sounded like Iain Glen sometimes, and I love his voice (everyone must, surely!). Unfortunately he would swallow quite a bit - it was really noticeable, especially at the beginning - and really took me out of the action. Just a bit of a turn off!

I will listen to the next two - partly because I've already bought them, partly because it's a different vocal actor and also because I loved those books too!

Good story, okay voice.

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

Reviewed: 26-05-2017

I quite enjoyed the story - I've read it before but couldn't really remember much. However there was a brashness to the voice that I wasn't a fan of. I suppose it makes sense because that's the kind of character that Celaena is, but I just couldn't fully immerse myself into the story because of it.