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I have had to return this for a second time. I really like this series of books but I just cannot stand the downward inflection at the end of every single sentence, it just kills any speck of nuance or atmosphere, not to mention being plain irritating. Truly dreadful. Why oh why have they stuck with this narrator for the entire series when the reviews are overwhelmingly negative?
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
ThreThe book, definitely add it's a great story. audiobook, no add the narrator is really poor
What did you like best about this story?
The characters and settings are really well defined by the author
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Every single line inflects up at the end add if the narrator is asking a question. Is very off putting and, for me, ruins the whole story.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
What did you like best about The Masked City? What did you like least?
I've never been compelled to write a review but at the end of listening to this book, I just have to. The story is fairly predictable in terms of plot line. Not unenjoyable, but certainly it's an easy read. You can listen to this while your brain is doing other things and not miss much. But that's ok. I expect that from this genre and I still enjoy the genre. What made me almost stop listening was the voice of the narrator. Her range of tone is so limited during the narration parts of the book (as opposed to the conversational parts) that it becomes something of a repetitive singsong riff. It just about drove me crazy as I tried desperately to ignore the tone and focus on the actual words. I don't understand it because when she does conversation voices, she's not too bad. I probably will not buy the next book (if there is one) in this series because it's just too irritating.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
More character development and a completely different narrator.
How could the performance have been better?
Please see above. The world of speech has unlimited numbers of tones to use. Use more of them.
Any additional comments?
Just want to say I'm not new to Audible. I listen to books all the time, and have literally hundreds of books in my library. It's the first time I've disliked a narration so much I felt compelled to comment. Listen before you buy this one. I hope your experience differs.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
In some ways I liked this story a little more then book 1: the fay and dragons are detailed better and the effects of order and chaos start to be clear.
Enjoy. PS the narration is improved quiet a bit.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful