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Hollow and uninteresting characters. Disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-20

This was a particularly unimpressive book. With incredibly hollow characters who you never develop any attachment too. The main character "the cobra" is meant to be a brutal and cold operator but never shows any of these characteristics and juat comes across as bland and under developed. In fact some of the characters nearly blend into each other if you are not paying attention. The plot whilst initially interesting unravels badly and squeaks out with an anti climax.

The narrator adds to the problem, he really struggles with accents. The Hispanic accents aren't great and his English accent is comical as all the English characters sound like a panto dame. Equally when portraying younger characters he goes into an annoyingly high pitch making them sound like they are constantly pleading.

Narrators not up to the task

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-12-19

The narrators do not have the depth or range required to do the variety of accents required. Particularly the female narrator. Her attempts to do Seanchan slur were terrible. A British narrator could have managed the variety of accents better. She can barely get beyond an American accent. She also couldn't effectively differentiate between young and old. Which is annoying as I'm engrossed in the story so have to carry on listening.

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Fantastic and adding layers with every book

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-10-19

The story had the effect of an false climax! In that it only now begins to hint at the the depth of the story with such a huge event (trying to keep spoiler free) taking place it feels like a finale but then your realise how much is still left.

My only observation is the American narrator doesn't sound right. Traditionally we're used to English sounding people for a high fantasy novel. This is only evident in the mispronunciation of certain words (daw instead of Dah etc)

Nail biting and stomach wrenching

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-19

Amazing performance again by a gifted narrator. Somehow the story manages to keep a neck breaking pace in a particularly tense installment of the series!

Weakest of the series so far.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-06-19

Disappointing and lacks the character and humour of the original series. The German lends little to the story and can be at times confusing the plot can get confused and essentially nothing overly impressive happens. It does however leave room for a cross over. It also adds a small bit of an explanation to some of the main plots allusions to the war.

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Continues to be excellent but..

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-06-19

Loved it, but it felt as if the ending was cut short with out really finishing the story arc. I know it was meant to be a cliffhanger but still it felt like it was finished too early!

Academic thinking for military minds

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-19

Kilcullen has a fantastic ability to write highly academic and well researched books that are explained in accessible terms. Brilliant narration too

Narrator shouldn't attempt accents

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-19

Short but well informed and interesting. The narrator attempted to do different accents but failed miserably...

Disappointing end to a series with potential

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-05-19

Hugely disappointed, disjointed storyline which can be difficult to follow. Illogical decision making, irrelevant subpl plots, improbable relationships. There also appears to be a few continuity issues hard to describe without spoilers! The time line also shifted, you get the feeling that the author decided to make it modern day. As the other books had a 50s / cold War feel. Then suddenly he makes references to smart phones etc.

The protagonists journey appears to have been nothing but getting captured and released, rinse and repeat ad nauseum. The scene with endless droning of "mushrooms" was incredibly annoy

The ending was truncated. Illogical and cheap.

Blisteringly fast paced and enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-05-19

As per usual. Outstanding narration brings the characters to life with a unique feel to each key player. Keeps the series fresh with some new developments and an unusual twist.