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Great story, grating narration

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

Reviewed: 27-01-20

Characters and story are really good, entertaining. Characters have some depth and there's some interesting development in there too.

The narration is really hit and miss and is just about acceptable: for me it was very overdone with almost comic grating pirate voices and sonorous tones in spades. Every now and then there's a surprising mispronunciation to take you out of the story: (ochre pronounced as okra; bow (the action) pronounced as bow (like bow-tie); lobed pronounced lobbed etc.)

Hopefully the next instalment has a different narrator, if not I'll probably just read rather than listen.

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Don’t ruin the series by listening to this turgid rubbish

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

Reviewed: 18-12-19

In the end I completed it because i had been so invested in the other books - I wish I’d just skipped this one and left the plot hanging.

Occasional flashes of the genius that made the first couple of books so great padded out with turgid exposition and awkward banter between the characters.

The religious angle takes more and more importance as the book progresses and becomes more and more incomprehensible.

The last few hours feel like a bizarre over the top finish. Not just tying up loose ends, but tying them up with a ribbon, bow, glitter and shiny wrapping.

I increased listening speed to 1.25x just to get through it and feel like I lost nothing.
Narrator was brilliant as ever.

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I thought I was a Harkaway fan...

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

Reviewed: 21-12-18

Hard to describe this book. There are stories within stories, which then overlap each other (it reminded me a bit of the dreams in the film Inception). The scope and imagination on show are awesome, but there are long tracts of the book that I found almost incomprehensible. It starts to become clearer towards the end, but I found it to be a big investment of time for only moderate reward - hence the low rating.

The narrator is good and imbues the characters with plenty of personality and expression, but there are so many characters it is sometimes hard to spot when a new chapter has started and the story is continuing from a different character's point of view.

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Really rather good

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

Reviewed: 31-10-18

If anything it drags a little bit in the middle but that can be forgiven for such a long listen.

Great characters and some nice twists. Plot runs along nicely. Not quite game of thrones gruesome but there’s certainly plenty of action on.

Not bad. Not as good as his later polity work

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

Reviewed: 24-09-18

Comparing this to Asher’s more recent books you can tell the difference- this feels a bit more clunky and the plotting doesn’t feel quite so compelling.

Still, not bad, just not as good as other stuff he’s done.

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Interesting characters, a plot that was just twisty-turny enough to confound guessing and excellent narration.

I really liked the preamble: caught me up on the important facts without having characters go through endless and tedious exposition.

I don’t often gush about books but this is a good one.

Beautifully narrated

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

What did you like most about Histories?

The scope, it covers a broad span of time and topics.

What does David Timson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He just gets it right. I can almost imagine his voice is that of Herodotus reading his own work, albeit in English.

Any additional comments?

Lion cubs destroy the womb as they are born? Hmm Mr Herodotus, you may have wanted to fact check some of those stories you heard!

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Great story. Let down by the narration

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

What was one of the most memorable moments of The March of the Ten Thousand?

The impact of the weather on the troops, particularly the cold.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Bizarre pronunciation and pacing. At one point I honestly wondered if this was some kind of computer generated voice. It sounds like an American trying to do a posh British accent and his pacing sometimes made it harder for me to follow the story. When I contrast this with (say) the narration of Herodotus (also on audible) it is like chalk and cheese.

Any additional comments?

Really interesting to get a first person account of ancient events.

This series is getting very 'rinse and repeat'

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

It's just about okay and I'll probably get the last in the series for completeness.

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Outstanding: believable characters, engaging story

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

Reviewed: 14-08-16

Would you listen to The Golem and the Djinni again? Why?

Maybe. I hardly ever listen to audio books again, but this was well put together, the writing great and the story beautifully told.

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