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The story is classic Powers, intriguing and well researched. The narration is indifferent and gives no emotion to the story. I'm wondering if the computer narration in Kindle wouldn't be better.
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This is another great Tim Powers novel with wonderfully weird characters and an inventive magic system. Unfortunately, out of the several hundred audiobooks I've listened to so far in my life the narration of this one has quite easily been the worst listening experience I've ever had. The problem isn't that he's speaking too slowly, the problem is that the tone and inflection are completely bizarre and wrong for the story and the characters. The narrator's mannerisms and the tone of his voice are extremely distracting and it took me a while at the start of the novel to be able hear the story beyond the extremely annoying narration. I don't understand how this narrator/narration could have possibly been paired with this story. What were the producers of the audio version thinking? How do narration disasters like this happen and why are they then foisted on a hapless public? It's really a shame because it ruins the enjoyment of an otherwise wonderful story. Had I not burned a credit on it I would have just gone to the print version.
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