Following Jack's usual m.o., he maneuvers all sides into a bloody melee from which he plans to waltz away with the fabled katana. Of course, when things don't go as planned, Jack must improvise (and he hates to improvise).
By the Sword takes F. Paul Wilson's trademark breakneck pacing and interweaving storylines to a new level.
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"The horror! The horror! (The narration, that is)"
My God, what an awful, awful listening experience. My ears are burning. Please, never, never let Dick Hill narrate ANYTHING again. He is beyond awful. He slurs, mumbles, drags through his words and sounds positively geriatric. Absolutely dreadful.
It was only my sheer commitment to the story and wanting to know what happened that kept me going through these last two books. I can only assume there must have been a very good reason to switch narrators this late in a series, but please NEVER do this again!
Anyway, back to Christopher Price now so I can enjoy the conclusion of the series. But I needed an ear enema and a good lie-down after listening to the last two.
While I love this series i couldn't stomach this one. This Dick Hill fellow in my opinion is horrible. I barely made it through the previous book he narrated, but I cant finish this one. Total letdown.
Stick with the original narrator.
"Not up to par"
I would definitely try another book from Wilson, he is a master story writer however Dick Hill is not my favorite narrator.
Since I am listening to the series in order I will be starting Ground Zero this afternoon.
If given a choice, I would prefer not to. I did not much understand a lot of what he said...I understand there was an Asian motif bit I kept nodding off and I don't usually do that with Wilson's books.
Of course it had redeeming qualities, the master wrote and I listened, regardless of how disappointed I was in this book I will continue to listen to his stories, they are fascinating.
with this exception his stories are spell binding. So i continue to listen
"NEVER, EVER, EVER change a narrator in a series."
I Love this series, BUT, and that is a huge BUT, never think you can bring on a new narrator in a series. Rick Hill is good in his style, BUT he IS NOT, even e n close to making me want to listen. I feel cheated now. I bought 2 books. #11 and 12 thinking it would not be so bad. O M G, I was so wrong. Rick Hill tried, he really did but after reading 10 books or listening to them, I was totally thrown off. His voice for His was nowhere near Prices narration. It was broken, and just not right. I figured after that maybe the next book would be better as it also was narrated by Mr. Hill, but I swear it said Chris Price. Abe w a s not even r e recognizable. I returned both as I could not get through them with this narration as Jack and family. If you know Jack, ( no pun intended) either 're a d the actual story or skip them. I'M SURPRISED THE POWERS THAT BE TRIED TO PULL THIS THINKING IT WOULD FLY. If the author did it, shame on you but I TH I boot is Amazon
Only if narrated by Chris Price for this series. Other books yes...although I'm nervous now.
Christopher Price. Jack
Never we r made it past a few pages
What were you thinking. Does your accent, style and voice change. I must say I read a review saying the same thing before I purchased these and thought the guy was being a bit of a jerk. Was I wrong. I should have listened to him.
I will not finish this series if this is not corrected. Two stories is too much to miss and I do not have the luxury to sit and read them. Audio is it for now
"By The Sword"
Another great Repairman Jack. Wilson brings in elements from the adversary circle, leading up to the final conflict in Nightworld. For those "jack" fans. Buy the book.
The narration is off-putting, and distracts from a great story line. Jack's voice shouldn't be a hyper nasal whine. A nice smooth non-inflected baritone would have been much more pleasing to the ear.
"Dick Hills narration sucks/Skip This Episode"
I know,the majority of Audible listeners seem to love Dick Hill's narrations but this was so awful I couldn't bear to finish. Hills totally bogus accents, be it Julios P.R.,Abes Yiddish-isms or the many Japanese accents in this novel were so poor I cringed..and I couldn't keep the story straight..finally just gave up and decided to go on to the next episode with Christopher Price at the mike.
I notice this was recorded in 2008 and it could be that Price was not available then, perhaps this recording was done before Audio books really caught on..and "Bloodline" is noted as being narrated by Hill also,but apparently Price has re-done it and Audible just hasn't changed the test to note that...in any case I'll listen to this again when Price or the new narrator who did the Early Years prequels redoes "By The Sword.
But for now..I consider this a waste of a credit and it's going back.
I sure wish Hill didn't do the Jack Reacher series also,since I'm kvetching about Him in this review. Sorry for the bitch session, but I'm just so frustrated.
Skip this episode..nothing lost IMO.
"Glad the reader changed."
I have loved this book. And all of the repairman Jack books. But the last one was read by a real flop. Interesting how your perception of the character rests on the reading style. But I love the story line. 😉
"Deep into the series"
I'm now deep into the Repairman Jack series, and I'm more enthralled with each successive book. I've listened to twelve books straight through and moving onto the next. Usually I burn out after a couple, and move onto something else for awhile, then come back. Not this series!
I like the characters. They are well drawn, and very complete as people. Jack himself is very true to himself, and although his code is not to everybody's comprehension, he is very consistent within it.
The overall story arc is well planned, and each book covers one particular aspect. This one deals with a sword from the first Age.
All of the books are uniformly excellent, and I know when I finish the series, I'm going to be sorry to see it end.
I highly recommend the series. I can't say enough good things about it. The writing style, the plotting and pacing, the characters, all show the results of a mature writer, and that plus a very good narrator, give we, the listeners, an unparalleled experience.
"Enjoyed listening to this book"
I enjoyed listening to this book. The primay story line is enjoyable. Narration is good. The story line about the "Other" seems a bit strange but not bad.
The mechanics of the story are preposterous. Dropping a crucifix by parachute with a man nailed to it and a reporter can see him open and close his eyes as he descends. Really now!
The female character is supposed to be strong enough in her commitment to her profession so as to prove her worth to her father. For pity sakes woman, stop your whining. She has little to say that is not self pitying and not whining.
Dick Hill is a fine performer especially when he is given a decent story line to work with.
My iPhone did not fully download part 2 and I really didn't care. I didn't go back to remedy this again because I really just didn't care.
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