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Karl Beer wrote an incredible work of art. That being said, the narrator Simon Brooks brought this story to life. I can't heap enough praise on Mr. Brook's work. I hope to hear him again!
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I took a chance on this one because it had such an fun sounding premise.
Everyone in the town of Crik has a unique Talent. One guy can control the weather and another can talk to insects. Jack's Talent is his living shadow. The big problem is that Jack does not control his shadow. One night Jack learns the truth of how the people of Crik gain their Talent. That truth horrifies him and casts the motives of his mischievous shadow companion in a new light!
It should have been a fun story, as the setting was dark and creepy, but in truth the story was just incredibly slow and dull. Another failing was the complete lack of anything resembling humour. The characters, despite their powers, were all bland and dull.
I quit around the 25% mark. That was about 4.5 hours of the audio. I could have plodded onwards, as it is not like this was overly bad, but the truth is it was dull and I have a whole bunch of exciting books I could be listening to instead of investing another 13 hours in this one!
Audio Note: Simon Brooks performance was only adequate. He had a fairly annoying accent.