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What did you like best about Gate of Ivrel? What did you like least?
I absolutely love this series. I have been waiting impatiently for it since CJ Cherryh's books finally became available. Vanye and Morgaine's story is one that has been with me as a true friend for 20 years.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Gate of Ivrel?
I love Vanye's character, which as a far cry from the stereotypical heroes that we encounter in so much of today's fantasy writing.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narrator read the story as if she was on speed. She read so quickly that all of the nuances of speech and rhythm that go along with good writing were completely lost. I even tried to listen to it at 75% speed, but the after echo that goes along with it was too distracting. I am very sad that the editors chose to go with a female narrator for a book that is told from a male viewpoint, and then to make matters worse by allowing her to ruin to beauty of the story with her choice of pace. I'm even more disappointing that she is reading all of the books in the series.
18 of 20 people found this review helpful
What would have made Gate of Ivrel better?
I seldom leave a negative review for anything. I've never left one for an audiobook performance. What made this one almost unendurable was the embarrassing lack of familiarity with the English language the reader displayed. If your job is to read a book for an audio recording, you should really make certain your pronunciation of unfamiliar words is correct. "Obeisance," for instance, and "incredulity" come to mind as examples.
What did you like best about this story?
I approve of strong female characters. The effect was somewhat spoiled by the reader's simpering, silly portrayal of Morgaine.
How could the performance have been better?
A narrator with a stronger voice and a better command of the language would have been a much better choice.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
5 of 5 people found this review helpful