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What made the experience of listening to Toll the Hounds the most enjoyable?
The Narrator is very good and by book 8, I have gotten comfortable with his style and delivery. The pace and tone are good and the book itself has a decent pacing so part of his job is done for him.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
This is book 8 in a 10 book series. It is, so far, my least favorite of the series. I actually read the books starting in the 1990s but had to get them from the UK which meant long periods of time between books.
I bought the series from Audible to listen to them in order, back to back. I have found that in doing so, subtle parts that I missed when reading the books so many years ago, I pick up on now.
They are all great, but this is my least favorite of the series. The book tells parts of the story from inconsistent points of view (in my opinion) which is not bad, but not as smooth as the earlier stories. Still, a good read, but just a different style than the other 7 books.
What does Michael Page bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
If you are listening to the series, by book 8 you are very comfortable with Michael's style and you recognize characters by voice. When I read the books, I sometimes had a hard time keeping the many, many characters straight. Especially if time had elapsed between my reading.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It is very difficult to do this given it is a 40 hour commitment. I do find myself trying to get to the end of a chapter or looking forward to a serious block of time when I can listen for a few hours at once.
Any additional comments?
This is a great series. While this is not my favorite book, I have both read and listened to it. I still highly recommend the book and the series.
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I love fantasy series, but I find they "burn out" and get tedious or repetitive, and end up going longer than they should. 8 books in, I'm still jazzed for each new chapter! I am really astounded that I let the first book hold me back from this series for so long! (Clarification: great book too, just requires you to take it seriously; not a weekend reader).
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