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What disappointed you about The Guardian?
The narrator, if you can call him that, is terrible. He never even pauses for a breath. There are two characters in the beginning and you can't tell either of them apart from each other or the narration of the story itself because he never stops. From the first word, it's just like one long run-on sentence.
Would you recommend The Guardian to your friends? Why or why not?
Not at all. Replace the narrator and I'd think about it.
Would you be willing to try another one of J. Michael Higgins’s performances?
Maybe if he took a breath now and then, and had a better vocal range and took a lot of voice acting lessons. Until then, I will avoid any book with this man as narrator.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment on a scale I have not known since the release of the Battlefield Earth movie. All of my negative emotions about that butchery of a classic sci-fi novel have nothing on my thoughts about the narration of this book.
Any additional comments?
This book is unlistenable unless there is a drastic change of narrator.
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What did you love best about The Guardian?
I liked the first person telling from each of the characters. The author found a way to tell a third person style story using several first person accounts in the form of interviews. I though it was very well written and paced.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Guardian?
The most memorable moments include either spoilers or colorful language. I'll just say that the description of the "15 minutes of footage" was so well done that I could picture it, and some of the back-and-forth between Jaxon and Dudley was so natural and funny that I literally laughed out loud.
What about J. Michael Higgins’s performance did you like?
I thought the inflection was spot on. This guy knows how to read. Sometimes the pace was a bit quick, but his read of that story sounded at times like he was telling it, not reading it. Overall, I thought it was a good performance.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes. At 8 hrs, that wasn't going to happen, though. I have a 45 minute commute to work, so I'd get about an hour and a half a day, but there were some parts of the story that had me sitting in the parking lot listening to the rest of a chapter before walking into work.
Any additional comments?
I just wanted to say again that this was a very enjoyable listen. The story is awesome, combining relatable characters with humorous dialog and fantastic action, and the read was very well done.
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