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Whenever I get a free code for an audiobook I always try to play a little more than fair. Someone was nice enough to give me a code, and I reciprocate by trying to highlight the things that were best about it.
Here, I have to start by saying that Anthony Lee's narration does not fit the book. He is almost robotic in his delivery, little inflection, but perfect pronunciation. I am sure that it really impacts the story, too. Because I had to really focus on getting through the book.
Additionally, I have heard a lot of good things about Duncan, and so I figured I might get a good introduction. But after listening I was underwhelmed, and it was clear to me that if he was as good as I had heard this was not his best stuff.
The combo of narrator and writer made up a sandwich that consisted of weak sauce and stale bread, with some chewy, stringy meat. You could eat it, but only if you didn't have any other oprions. Sorry.
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I wouldn't say it was the best book ever but it was nice and the story was cute the narrator did a nice job and it wasn't the most enjoyable book ever but it wasn't bad either
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."
This book feels like a walk through a by gone civilisation. It has a very strong theme of civilisation with both customs and politics feeling very natural whilst being alien enough that you know it is a different world.
This story told from multiple angles has a feel of a judicial hearing in the way in which your picture of the story grows with every new testimony. It has many twists and is intricate in its delivery, despite dealing with violent and horrific circumstances it dances a fine line of description without slipping into gore. This is entirely in keeping with the books tone and pace as it focuses on description and fact rather than sensationalism.
The characters were well formed and you learn more as you move along the story but due to the tone I never quite formed an emotional bond to any of them. This does not lessen the enjoyment of the story as the story differentiates the opposing sides and is told predominately from one side.
The narration is very well executed across multiple characters with distinct feels and sounds to them. The narration is in keeping with the tone of the book and helps build the world around you immersing you as you go.
In summation I enjoyed this book and would recommend this to anyone that is looking for a well crafted world and intricate story delivery.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this review.