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Altho I liked his previous novels I was unable to finish listening to this book. Take a mediocre novel, add truly unfortunate production choices and top it with a reading in which the vocal interpretation of characters approached comic book believability and you've exceeded my tolerance for pain. I still look forward to his next book.
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... Kovacs is quite a common name. Everyone knows how to pronounce it. This guy didn't."
First, let me say that my problem is not that there is a different narrator for this last book in the series, so much as it is that this narrator is terrible, and apparently didn't do a lick of research. Clearly he didn't even read or listen to the first book, or he would have known how to pronounce "Takeshi Kovacs." (Not with the 'k' sound, but with a 'ch' sound).
Even if I didn't have the previous narration to draw on, or narration from any of the dozens of other books I've listened to, I would say that this narrator is terrible. To me, there is no differentiation between characters except male or female, or the echo versions of each. There was also no nuance to the voice that would give you the sense, which we tend to take for granted, that a character is going from a thought, to speaking. I kept wondering when he was going to say "did I just say that, or think it?"
I've listened to about 20 minutes of this book, but I cannot imagine putting myself through listening to the rest. I would suggest that anyone who values the quality of narration in an audio book just plain avoid this one.
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