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I had resigned myself to having to be patient with this narrator after reading previous reviews. I had credits to burn and didn't want to drop cash on a hardbound book. However, I found myself pleasantly surprised. Granted, some of her pronunciations are a bit different, and I agree that Merry should speak with an American accent.
I have always loved this series and wasn't disappointed in this new installment (it ISN'T the last book-check the author's blog). Lots of plot, a few tasty erotic moments, and great character development made for a fast paced read. If you're still enjoying this series, this will not disappoint. Tasty morsel!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I've read and then listened to all of the Merry series. The story itself was great. A lot of information this time around. Reviewers in the past have criticized LKH as too much sex, not enough plot. That's not the case for S/D. This story takes up right after Merry is rescued from her uncle and quickly takes off. I was pleased to see her character actually get stronger. I got sick of reading/hearing "I don't understand" in various other books. In this one, she leads the way and you can actually see that she would make a good queen. I'd give the story itself **** but the narration only **. If you want to listen to this series, do NOT start with this one. There are so many characters in this series and to get a good reading, the narrator really needs to be able to change the voice accordingly. This narrator has a monotone voice, and over enunciates throughout the reading. I was really disappointed in this purchase. Thank goodness I had read the book first. Again - recommend listening to other books in the series first as had I listened to this one first, it's highly unlikely I would have purchased the others.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
It is not exactly a new criticism of the writing of LKH but it holds true of this book.
The constant escalation of the main characters power seems to be used instead of meaningful plot progression. Instead of using the tools and allies she has in new ways to overcome an issue there is a constant barrage of the new. It sacrifices neauanced story leaving the narrative feeling shallow and rushed.
It is a pity as in many ways the world building is very interesting and absorbing but the feeling that the rules will constantly be changed to bring more and more power to the main character distracts from it.
However Claudia Black puts a lot of power and emotion into the performance which make this enjoyable listening despite the books faults.
What did you like most about Swallowing Darkness?
THE IN DEPTH CHARACTERS
What was one of the most memorable moments of Swallowing Darkness?
What does Claudia Black bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
CLAUDIA HAD TO WORK HARD AS THIS WAS NOT ONE OF LAURELL BETTER GENTRY STORYS