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Good book, poor narration

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-11-12

Like the previous reviewer, I like Robin Hobb's books. Her style is flowing and characters accessible. However, the narrator is not a good match. There is little emotion in her reading, which sounds like a newsreader at times. I've not finished yet, and I'm open to her style growing on me, but at the moment it's actually getting in the way of the words. I suggest starting with one of Hobb's other series on this site.

12 people found this helpful

A different take on the classic fantasy trilogy

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-12

I don't think it's giving anything away to say that I was lulled into a false sense of 'I know how this works out'. I didn't. A refreshing twist on a classic fantasy framework.

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The games the rich play

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-12

Interesting narration/dramatisation of a novel I hadn't come across before. I enjoyed the mirrored dance of manners, intrigue, swordplay and personal relationships. Something a little different for jaded palates.

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Genius - Partridge a bigger git than I imagined

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-11

Beautifully written - the self-aggrandising, self-justification, rewriting of history and twisted view of the world often verge on the believable, until we are reminded that we are listening to the autobiography of a sociopath. Beautifully read - only Coogan could have done it so well.

I want to hear more

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-11

I was a little concerned about the US accent of the narrator (a stupid prejudice to assumed that fantasy characters have English accents!) but he's a great reader and, once I got used to it, the story galloped along. Characters came to life and I couldn't wait to buy part two.

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