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I love this genre and story line and was ecstatic to see the second book here. Unfortunately, I didn't pay attention to who the narrator was until after I had purchased the book. I was all set to hear Sean Crisden, and it was such a let down. I see that the first book has a different audio publisher so this explains the new narrator. I wish I had not purchased this book. Jeff Gelder's voice makes it difficult to follow which character is speaking at times, not to mention the monotone and dull recitation with a decided lack of inflection at times. Another problem is the difference in pronunciation of the special titles and words used here, but this just goes back to the different narrators. There are also several spots in this recording where the book just repeats itself. This just shows a lack in production control and very poor sound editing by this studio apparently. I have been an Audible listener almost since the company's beginning and isn't the first time I have noticed the quality change when audio publishers change and narrators change. Listeners like consistency and we all have our favorite authors and narrators. All in all, it is a great book and if you can get around the narrator, it is a great book in the genre.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about Trusted Bond?
The narration was appalling!
What did you like best about this story?
The story itself; as in the printed version, is excellent.
How could the performance have been better?
Rerecord the entire thing with a different narrator who listened to the first story.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The story is great (when you read it on your own), the audiobook was so terrible to listen to that I deleted it shortly after chapter 1.
Any additional comments?
I read the book which was excellent, but the audiobook was PAINFUL to listen to.<br/><br/>If you listened to the first audiobook "Change of Heart" read by Sean Crisden and expect this one to be just as good- you're in for a rude awakening. Jeff Gelder is an awful AWFUL narrator. I got through chapter 1 and part of chapter 2 and couldn't listen to it anymore, I deleted it immediately. In my opinion it's better to listen to the text-to-voice option on your iDevice or Kindle, that's how bad it is.<br/><br/>1.) Monotone, the narration and lines from all the characters sound exactly the same.<br/><br/>2.) It sounds like one giant run-on sentence, no punctuation or punctuation in awkward places (sounds like a 5 year old reading to you).<br/><br/>3.) I'm not sure where to even start with the pronunciations:<br/>Sean Cristen vs Jeff Gelder<br/>"Ray-ah".............."Ray"<br/>"Semel"..............."Sem. el"<br/>"Shay-seroo"........"Sheshiroo"<br/>"Semel Ray"........"Sem. el-ree"<br/>"Delfeen"............."Del-FINE"<br/>"Ma-heez"............"Maha-zzz"<br/><br/>There are probably more gross mispronunciations, but like I said- it was deleted shortly after the beginning of the second chapter. My advice, listen to the sample from the first book and compare it to the sample of the second. If the second sounds like nails on a chalkboard to you then don't buy it- because I promise it won't get any better. Such a shame, I'm not even going to consider buying the third audiobook just because it was narrated by the same guy who butchered this one.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
The book is excellent there's no doubt about that. I was really excited to see that it finally was released as an audiobook and I immediately bought it.
What I found though was less than satisfactory. The narrator read too quickly, like he was rushing through it, and with barely enough stops in his narrations to let things sink in. Not much diversity in the voices nor the tone of voice depending on the mood the characters were in.
Really this was a disappointment especially when compared to the first book narrated by Sean Crisden.
Also in comparison with the first book, the terminology that Mary Calmes uses in her books for the Werepanthers, maahes, semel, reah etc, are read differently too. Don't know if they were read wrongly in the first book or in the second but it'd have been better if they were kept the same as they were in the first book so that at least there would be some sort of connection between the 2 books.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Whilst I like the story (series) I found the narration was a bit fast at times and it could be difficult to distinguish between the characters.