I seldom find myself in disagreement with the ratings on an audiobook, but this one really brought me up short and I wouldn't be happy if I didn't put..Show More » voice to this.
Through a combination of sub-par narration, stilted dialogue, ridiculous names and hackneyed prose this audiobook manages something truly unique, being in turns painfully bad, irritating, and on occasion unintentionally hilarious.
I considered giving it a single star but that seemed churlish, besides I'm sure there are worse books, though I've yet to read/hear them.
Rebellion features absolutely stunning imagery, which somehow reaches greater heights than its predecessor, solid character development and some fasci..Show More »nating new threads and plot twists. The good guys aren't entirely good and the bad guys aren't emtirely bad. The main characters grow and change through good fortune and adversity becoming more fully realised and rounded, all set against a dark tapestry which weaves itself around them in epic majesty.
While on the subject of character development I believe Ian takes positive delight in giving his heroes a hard time! Its clearly meant to make us to get behind the characters. For me it certainly worked, and I have further come to believe that 'all great things come at a price' is a theme Ian likes to explore in his writing. For everything that happens there's very little by way of padding, the story is very clearly going somewhere and does it at a cracking pace, rising through a series of crescendos to a satisfying climax which still leaves you wanting more, a good thing since there's another book to come.
Nonetheless, Rebellion isn't flawless for me. There's the odd thing that happens here and there that grates a litte, and some of the supporting characters are a little unidimensional, while others are drawn so large that they're almost manga-esque in their depiction and actions. While this is clearly a stylistic choice, meant to contrast with his more rounded, earthly depiction of the heroes, its not one I am entirely comfortable with, but I'm certainly intrigued and want to see where it leads.
Grant Carwright is an excellent voice actor. Each character is distinct and instantly recognizable, and his reading is both clear and interesting. If he wasn't as involved in the story as I was he should be winning oscars because he certainly seemed to be!
So for me Grant Cartwright has become the voice of the Tainted Realms. He's added to my experience of the story and he had better be the voice of book 3. Or else.