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I bought this book from Amazon along with the audio, but tried the audio book first. The reader sounds coarse and robotic, and when she tries to do the gruff voice of Leonidas it simply grates on the ear. I'm not quite sure what her accent is, but it doesn't sound natural. I'm happy to have books read in any accent, but not when it sounds forced. Such a pity when I recently finished Longbourne and the reader was perfect. The story may be reasonable, but I confess that I couldn't finish the audiobook. I stopped with just over two hours to go. I think I'll have to wait a while and then try reading the book from the beginning instead. The accent inside my head may be better.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I could only listen for 10 minutes due to monotonous voice, which spoke in short clipped tones with an annoying upwards inflection at the end of phrases.
I was once told that I could take a list of ingredients: flour, eggs, baking powder, water, etc., and make either a cake or biscuits because they each had the same ingredients. I think the same applies here for Lindsay Buroker. She had all the ingredients and produced cake. And of course, Kate Reading is my all time favorite female reader! She is the epitome of female readers starting with the Wheel of Time and in Star Nomad she has instilled the characters with personality and individuality. In some chapters, the script is almost cookie cutter but I think the narrator kept the plot flowing and I didn't lose enough interest to punch the return key to Audible. Cake but not German Chocolate......
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
Characters should have more depth and more of the story should be told in each book.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Felt like a short story, improve length and include an entire story arc.
What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?
Kate Reading always does well and was the reason I bought the book to begin with.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
No, it would take six such books to make a single movie
Any additional comments?
Story was short and failed to resolve any issues hinted at. Completed first two books and still little satisfaction. I recommend waiting until the first three books are packaged together to buy them.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful