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What a great story from Simon R. Green! I was a little sketchy about getting this because I have found Simon R. Green to be hit or miss for me (sadly more miss than hit but I LOVED all the Deathwatcher novellas but some of his other stuff just left me lost in space...) but I am glad I picked this up. I was laughing within five minutes of starting and immediately recognized John Keating from Gwynne's "Malice" which was also spectacularly read. Love Keating, loved this book!
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Simon R Green has become hit or miss for me. And unfortunately as much as it pains me to say it, this one is a miss. I loved the first 2 books of this series when I read them over 15 years ago and the Hawk and Fisher short story collections. And his Nightside stories are fantastic. But I can't stand the Secret Histories series and this final book of the Forest Kingdom seemed to have the same disjointed notes, and slapped together phrases of information. The Forest Kingdom books have always been best with snappy dialogue and the banter between Hawk and Fisher. This book took way to long with descriptions, the dialogue through the first three quarters of the book was slow, and Hawk and Fisher seemed old and world-worn. It didn't get interesting until almost the end, when all the threads and characters came together. Which is a shame, as I get attached to characters and I was hoping for a good return of Hawk and Fisher.
Thank goodness I was listening on audio, so I could multi-task, audio is the only thing that got me through this book. I tried to read a paperback copy and threw it away in disgust. That being said, I really didn't like the narrator. I'm new to audible so maybe I'm a little picky but this narrator's character voices were way too similar. Half the time I couldn't tell who was speaking. And his female characters were just unbearable. They all sounded like whiny, squeaky children. I know it can be hard to do voices of the opposite gender but it is possible. For instance, check out the Jane Yellowrock books, that narrator is spot on with male voices and accents. Or a male narrator that does decent with female voices is Marsters with the Dresden novels.
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