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The narrator ruined it for me

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

Reviewed: 23-03-20

Not a bad story, I've read it a few times before. Most of this book is well narrated but for some reason every time he gets to any dialogue from Saphira he puts on this stupid muppet voice. He clearly had not done any research prior to this and anybody involved in the production of this should ask themselves why nobody picked up on this. It is silly and ruins the whole book.

It is a shame as everything other than that is pretty good.

Exceptional book from an exceptional man

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

Reviewed: 20-03-20

This is a great book, it has a lot of genuinely useful advice from somebody who really did try to help others. He certainly made a buck out of it too but all of his advice is useful and responsible. Something I listen to often.

It does lose something in the performance though when compared to his seminars, you can tell his delivery is tailored a lot to the audience and without an audience to meter his tone a lot of the jokes fall flat. He does warm to his performance as the book goes on but still it is lacking compared to his lectures a little but. But it is still worth every penny.

Story isn't bad but narration is poor

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

Reviewed: 21-06-18

The story isn't bad. It's a mix of 'the worst witch' and Red Room. I think had I read the book as opposed to an audiobook it would be better. I find the narration to be impassioned but lacking. The accents are often just irritating and unconvincing. It really pulls me out of the experience. Maybe I dislike them so much because I personally can't stand the Brummie accent so by all means take my criticism in context but I still don't like most of them.

I may buy this book in paper form and give it another go though.

Great story, loved it

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

This was brilliant. Really love it. The British accents need a bit of work in my opinion but wasn't even close to enough to spoil my enjoyment. Absolutely fantastic.

10 people found this helpful

Peddling shovels in a Gold Rush, don't bother.

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

I wanted this book to be different I really did. It started well with the anecdotes seeming to hold real wisdom however halfway through the book you are still waiting for some real advice.

The crux of this book is rich people don't waste money on things that cost them in the long run, they only invest in things that will make them money. By this advice I advise you to save your money and do not buy this book. Now he never tells you how to go from point A with no cash to point B with millions. At some point you need to have some capital to invest but he never explains where to get this from. I assume he means save it up but he states early on that by the time you are working for a living its pretty much too late as now you are playing catch up with bills.

He just never gets to the point of how to get out of the 'rat race' as he calls it which is the whole point for most of us reading this.

I think this book is just another man peddling shovels in a gold rush. After looking him up online it seems to me the only successful business he has had (though I could be wrong, the internet doesn't have everything) is his publishing company that he uses to publish his own self help books.

Narration lets it down

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

This is a great story, with great narration, probably some of the best I've heard. However it really irritates me that the narrator pronounces some names incorrectly. Dandelion is pronounced 'Dan-di-lee-on' and Applegate is pronounced 'App-leg-it'. It really seems forced and unnatural. I can understand pronouncing made up words differently or even pronouncing them with different dialects but those two names really don't have any counterparts and are just pronounced wrong on purpose for some reason. It drives me mad.

But other than that its great.

Spoiled by narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

The narrator isn't bad but is unfortunately handicapped by not being the same narrator as the previous series. No matter how good they are they are not the same as the previous books so it is jarring, unfortunate as the performance is actually pretty good they are just set up to fail by being compared to previous narrators. Characters have different voices and it is hard to get used to.

The book is just as good as you would expect in all other aspects, the narrator isnt a deal breaker in this instance and its well worth buying.

2 people found this helpful

Good book ruined by terrible narrator.

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

Reviewed: 19-12-15

Not finished this yet but it is painful to get through. Not only is this a different narrator he is very poor too. I don't wish to demonize the guy but his narration is very flat and stunded and it has completely spoiled this book for me. Im tempted to skip this one and just read the next one.

25 people found this helpful

A fantastic story, not at all what I expected.

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

Reviewed: 21-10-15

Remove the Sci-fi elements and all that come with it and this story is still great that is what makes this awesome.

There is little epic about it, no world saving or anything of the sort. No heroes or villains and certainly no angels....but no demons either. The world is fantastical and futuristic but at the same time painted in shades of grey and brown.

Having just read 'Armada' this book is so very different from anything I have read before, it has layers of realism thicker than any other sci fi I have read.

Worth a read (listen).

Also the narration is the best I have heard in a long time. Excellent.

3 people found this helpful

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Terrible Narrator

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

Reviewed: 27-08-15

This book is as good as any of Hobbs other works. Aside from a few forced bits its awesome.

The narrator of this book however can barely read and speaks like he is reciting a shopping list. He mispronounces more than a few names and all his characters sound the same.

Whats more one of the names sounds as though it has been edited and re recorded and dubbed over the original narration so it sounds completely out of place and totally breaks the flow.