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I adore The Iron Druid Chronicles and fell more in love with the world when I got the audio books. Luke Daniels is my favorite narrator. He makes the story and characters come to life. Each voice is unique, spot on and feels real. So the magic is part the writing and part the reading.
This had to be mentioned because I'm not sure how to proceed with this novel. I've listened to it for a few hours - several hours of commute time - but I'm so disappointed with the female narrator and the brunt of the novel thus far has been in her voice.
Her tone is mostly flat. I could live with this but she also doesn always enunciate chunks of dialogue or narrative well and there are many parts I'm missing because I can't rewind while driving. To top it off, she has very little range in terms of creating different characters. Combine these three flaws and the book has so far been a bit boring, drawn out by the monotone voice and hard to understand on many levels with some of the story being lost to slurring of words and other parts to not knowing who is talking because we have basically two characters - 1. Female voice and 2. Gruff old maybe male or maybe female voice.
Since I am about 15% of the way in and I'm this unenthusiastic with what I feel are legitimate concerns I have put this no episode on pause. I'm not sure how to proceed and I'm deeply disappointed.
Sorry for the negative review and I hope to only help those who are looking for an experience on par with the other works by Kevin Hearne and Luke Daniels. Also beware of you are hard of hearing, will have ambient noises while listening or get confused when character voices are all the same.
If and when I come back to this novel I will update further but the experience so far was so poor that I felt compelled to share it.
65 of 66 people found this review helpful
I Want to like this book. The parts of the book I can understand, read by the always awesome Luke Daniels are a new and different flavor from Kevin Hearne, and I have enjoyed those parts of the book. However, Xe Sands is hard to understand at speaking volume. I also could not differentiate between the first two character voices. I had to turn my car stereo up loud enough that it was uncomfortable to listen, just to understand what Sands was reading. This Audio book needs to be re-read by someone who can enunciate, or remastered to clarify Sands voice. either way I am disappointed by Xe Sands performance in this audio book.
26 of 26 people found this review helpful
This book had me worried as being a massive Iron Druid fan would it be as good as those.
But once I started listening I couldn’t stop. The characters are strong and engaging, you care for what happens and the way the story is told you want more and more.
I can not recommend this book enough.