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How did the narrator detract from the book?
Maybe JF should have discuss the correct pronouction of name BEFORE starting with book 1, you just don't go and change 13 books into the series.
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Get the names correct..... I don't care that in book 13 JF finely gets the name correct, MS Ward should have caught them in book 2 & 3 and made the correction then, now we know them as they were in the past books! I hated listening to this book for that reason, I felt I lost story time trying to figure out who the hell was Core?... WTH? There are many name flaws in this book, I also got the kindle version just so I could finish the book. Just bad business not listening to what you put out there before letting people make the purchase, and for this reason I'll be returning book 13 with a heavy heart.
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Those of you who have listened to Kim Harrison's The Hollows Series know what I mean. There's that ONE book in the series that you have to read because you can't listen.
Look, producers of audiobooks need to have the performers consult with the authors prior to recording. I have asked authors specifically about this, and the general consensus is that such interaction is discouraged, which I do not get, but some of them make contact anyway. I LOVE Jim Frangione, really. I LOVE The BDB. Having said that, I do not care if Xcor's name is "supposed" to be pronounced "Core." Seriously. I. DO. NOT. CARE. For several books, he has been "Score," and it is too late to change it. Xhex has been "Zex," and now she's "Hex?" Havers is now Havvers? And WTF, the PRImale is now the "Prim-ollie?" NO NO NO
EVEN IF these pronunciations are correct, per JR Ward, IT IS TOO LATE!!!! She should've said something 6 years ago. This isn't book 2 or 3. If JF and JRW had consulted in the beginning, Prim-ollie might not seem weird to me now, BUT THEY DIDN'T, AND IT DOES, AND CHANGING PRONUNCIATIONS IN THE THIRTEENTH BOOK IS NOT OK. I thought Prim-ollie must be Cormia's title as mate to the Primale. In fact, I spent so much time having internal "WHAT THE? WHY?" conversations that I had to back up regularly because I missed 5 minutes of dialogue here and there.
I LOVE this series. I have listened to every book repeatedly. I even relistened to the first 12 in anticipation of this 13th book coming out, AND I COULD BARELY GET THROUGH IT!! Bottom line: I don't think I CAN listen to this book again. So many pronunciation changes made it way too distracting. KILLS ME, but I think I'm actually returning it because right now I cannot imagine attempting to listen to it again, and usually, I can't wait to hear it again.
BAD DECISION, PENGUIN AUDIO. READ these reviews. How many reviews of the previous 12 audiobooks complained that the names were mispronounced? How many repeat customers are unhappy with the changes in this book? We aren't evil people bagging on the writer and narrator for fun. This was painful. Please, fix it in the next book. So frustrated and disappointed, I feel sick.
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