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Harriet Walter is the finest narrator I have yet heard. Her ability to suspend disbelief is perfect. Her knowledge of other languages and accents is also perfect and highly educated.
The Balkan series is complex with many characters and nationalities. She not only balances and simplifies, but does overall service to the author by presenting these excellent books in a way that they are always clear and enjoyable to readers.
I know that she is a distinguished Shakespearean actress, but
Narration is a special art for which awards should be given.
Congratulations to Harriet Walter.
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This trilogy (or sextet if you also add the Levant Trilogy--sadly not available on audiobook) is a little bit uneven and the narrator took some time for me to get used to. But by the end, I was completely engrossed in the lives of these variously petty, frustrating, moving, tragic, and very human characters. I don't think there is a single character you don't want to slap at one point or another.
The disbelief at encroaching disaster and the attempts to keep war at bay through stiff-lipped soldiering on were also very believable.
This is definitely not a stand alone book. You have to read the first two to understand what is going on. You can end here though, and not dive into the next three. There's enough of a sense of closure at the end to satisfy most.
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