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What would have made The Palace Job better?
A different narrator!
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Although Justine Eyre does a decent job on the characters, her narration of the main story is delivered in a whiny, drawling posh English accent that I just can't listen to. I didn't listen to the sample before I purchased, because it perfectly captures the issue I have.
Any additional comments?
Although I gave up shortly into Chapter 1, I had to rate the Story, so I've given it a rating of 4, which is the average of the existing reviews at the time of this one, and won't skew the story rating.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about The Palace Job?
A good story brought to life with great narration. I was instantly drawn to the main character and the storyline that actually had a few surprises in it as well
What did you like best about this story?
Well delivered with multiple strands of characters interwoven with enough back story to make it fun and interesting. When the individual characters begin to interact it is like well woven tapestry
Which character – as performed by Justine Eyre – was your favorite?
Actually enjoyed them all. Very well delivered with great personality for all of them. The Death Priestess though....Very interesting.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
The premise of this book sounds interesting,sadly I didn't get 2 minutes into it before I had to switch off.The reader's nasal,breathy tone went through me and I was cringing at that rather than listening to what she said!! It does make me wonder how they choose these people,this one's a definite NO for me based purely on the narrator,I'm off to read the book!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I have to review this book to warn others. if you find vocal fry annoying, listening to this book will be unbearable for you.
The narrator does good voices for each of the characters but when she's simply narrating it sounds like she's trying to seduce your ears! Every sentence trails off into a croaky whisper. Once you notice it, it gets really, really annoying. She also uses strange pronunciations so "beer" sounds like "bear", "guards" sounds like "gods" and "sneer" sounds like "snare"! I genuinely though Kail was calling for God's help in the opening scene!
As for the story it was fine. As others said it's in a similar vein to Lies of Locke Lamora and Patrick Rothfuss stories but I didn't enjoy it as much. (I kept picturing the "Loch" in this story as a man because of having read the above book and then getting confused when the narrator croaked "she". ) I found my attention wandering a few times and found it difficult to remember who was who.
I downloaded all 3 books in the series so I will give them a go and see if the story gets any better (even though t is the same narrator!)
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This is such a well written and enjoyable book and was narrated wonderfully! Each character has a distinctive voice and there is a lot of humour in this story. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook and I'm going to get the next in the series.
Where does The Palace Job rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It's a great book, plenty of action, interesting characters, banter and an amazing narrator.
What other book might you compare The Palace Job to, and why?
On par with the Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher.
It's contemporary but also puts me in mind of The Hobbit. Also Ocean's Eleven.
What about Justine Eyre’s performance did you like?
She's just amazing. All the characters are distinctive in tone or accent, she does a good male voice, it's well paced and best of all she sounds like she's having a lot of fun reading the story. I'll be looking for more narration from Justine Eyre.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
This is a silly question that's literally asking for spoilers.
Every time the warhammer speaks :)
Any additional comments?
It's a very fun, entertaining listen. There's a lot happening, I'll end up listening to this a few things.