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the overall first three books tells a story that is imaginative, creative and a wonderful listen. the narrator started out like a high schooler reading a foreign language, overly enunciated and dramatic, but by the third book i thoroughly enjoyed him. he got better with each book, and i enjoyed his ability to use so many different 'voices', all with their own distinctiveness.
i've often wondered what kind of mind is able to use words to describe actions in such a way that they are able to so sicken the soul. and for what purpose? when the old adage 'less is more' would have been put to better use. i do not see the need to be so detailed and graphic when describing scenes of battle or death, when one's mind is quite capable of 'seeing' these actions to the depth they are comfortable with without having it described in all it's unholy glory.
that being said, i loved the concept of this series. i enjoyed immensely the creativeness of the author. i think my favorite character is Gunther. this character brought humor and levity to help balance the books. i laughed out loud on many occasions. without this character i would not have been able to finish this third book. as it was i had to fast forward through the heart sickening parts. they were totally unnecessary to the book.
considering how each book became more detailed in the gory descriptions of fight scenes, and the actions of the Fedore and his thralls, i am not certain i will buy any more in this series, and i find that sad... i also do not appreciate that the first three books were each around thirty hours long and the rest of the series are each about half that. i look for good books with the best value... this series no longer fits that bill. i will say that if a series is good enough, i will continue with the series regardless of the cost. had it not been for the too dark parts, i would have put this series in the 'gotta have' pile.
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I do not understand the reviews where they complain abt the narrator. If one person didn't like him does that encourage the rest to decide they are a critic? People please! I've listened thru some horrible narrators to where you just can't finish the book. This. Guy is really good. They way he tells the story brings it alive. He makes the characters real. He makes you laugh and can bring you to tears. You feel as if you know the characters. Like your right there struggling with them. The writer has created this beautiful but dangerous adventure with characters you come to love. I hope she always keeps the story going and keeps her interesting and unique characters alive in the story as well. Even in the books you see how life is precious. both writer and narrator make an incredible team. May rhapsody and her loyal friends always have new roads to travel and take us along the way 👣
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