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The notion that you can just hire an actor and they read a book and its wonderful does not work when the book is in a long running series and the producers don't even indulge due diligence.
If the narrator read the book and marked it up and did lots of prep, I would not be surprised, he's good but he didn't listen to the earlier readings for audio continuity, for many of us that effort is moot. If this was a stand alone book it would be ok but it isn't
When primary characters, place names etc.. in a series have new pronounciations, something stinkingly arrogant has surfaced.
Perhaps I have taken the wrong party to the pillory. This could have easily been great, instead it is jarring and annoying and has intruded on my sense of disbelief and my enjoyment of this series. An expensive disapointment.
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Perhaps I simply listened to the book that proceeds this one in a more distracted state; I felt after that one this story had begun to get a little tired. It was still good but it did not transport me as consistently as most of this series has. This book is masterful. The story is interesting throughout. The writing has many bright points which draw the imagination completely in and project the scenes in vivid definition. There is less of the dull repetition of descriptions we have heard in the exact words more than once in each proceeding book. People and places are often described in artful details that I found nicely done. The narrator also fully won me over. I liked his interpretation of most characters. I like the pace and emotion. I found very little about his performance which I could imagine might be improved upon. This story draws to, in my opinion, a very satisfactory closing point which both raps up the episode it tells and whets out appetite for more.
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