Three complete full length novels in one well-priced package!
Twisted by black magic and driven by soul-crushing loss, Lowin Fenly, a young scribe turned knight, struggles to hold on to his humanity as he battles to rescue that which he values most in the world. Along the way he will be forced to make friends of his enemies and enemies of his friends. He will grow from a boy no one has heard of into a man destined to leave the land forever changed, but how will he be remembered? Will he be Sir Fenly, hero of the people, or will he be Lowin the Dread, a monster to terrify children?
The Hungering Saga is a sweeping story that begins in familiar fantasy territory and quickly twists many of the genre staples back upon themselves.
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Poorly performed, poorly written.
This is the first review I've written on an audio book from Audibles, and I'll tell you why. After reading the only previous review I decided to give this book a go and see if it was as decent as some written by other authors I was unfamiliar with but now adore. I don't recommend you take the plunge. Save your credit or money for something by Brandon Sanderson or Patrick Rothfuss.
This writer cannot begin to attach a reader to a character and I'm not exaggerating. If you're used to a world filled with love for your main protagonist, with detailed imagery and an insatiable need for the next title, this isn't it. It's difficult to discern what the point of the books are at all, in fact, because so little cohesion exists as you blur from one character experience to the next in a large cast of characters without distinction and poorly executed plot exploration. As if this wasn't enough, you add in the tailored sexual encounters and child-like vocabulary of the writer and you're left puzzling over how this was published and became an audio book at all.
I'm not going to relent on the performance, I'm sorry. I've not been so displeased by a performance in all of my audio book history, which spans several years. The actor here does not enunciate. He has an accent that's difficult to listen to constantly, and he mispronounces several words. Without a written copy to compare to, I also believe he adds words or phrases into the performance that (trying to give some credit here in hopes it's not true) make the author sound ridiculously unfamiliar with the style of writing he's trying to convey.
Please, PLEASE proceed with caution. There are a great number of books I would give outstanding praise to (and probably should after writing this), but this isn't one of them.
Approach with Caution!
I think my biggest problem was this audiobook, was the reading style of Paul J McSorley. He is a fine reader, and would be perfect for other genres of books, but his accent did not mesh well with a fantasy story. I felt like the characters were coming from some small American town.
I also felt that this story could have been much better with some editing and revision. It read like a first or second edit instead of a well polished, finished piece of work.
The ideas behind these stories were absolutely amazing! Heath Pfaff, keep on writing, but get a different editor! His stories have great potential if he is willing to put a little more effort into turning them into a cohesive, finished piece.
I might be willing to try another performance by Paul if the setting were more appropriate for his reading style. A story about middle America, or a small town drama of some sort. I would not consider it if it were fantasy of any sort.
- Carolee Connor