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Terrific Narrator!

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-12

I love this book, and decided to use my accumulating Audible credits to buy the audiobook version as well. I'm so glad I did! Kvothe's tale is as good as ever, but the real highlight for me is the narration. Rupert Degas breathes life into the story, and has a wonderful range of voices and accents to give each character a seperate identity. (I've listened to more than one audiobook where the narration is so flat and unemotional it's like listening to a shopping list!) I particularly liked Ambrose's voice - clipped, nasal, and sounding uncannily like Prince Charles.

Even an excellent book can be killed by a poor narrator, but Rupert Degas is one of the best!

Do buy this. If you liked the book, you'll love the audio version.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-07-12

I loved this long-awaited audio book. Katherine's voice is delightful - so innocent and excited at the beginning of the story, and developing into a much more mature viewpoint as the narrator grows up. Joe Hurley is terrific as the dissolute 'Mad Duke', and captures his lazy, drawling voice (and his abject misery) well.

The scenes with Katherine and Marcus as intrepid investigators are great, and I love their rivalry: 'Marcus, you rat!'

The 'enhanced' sections of the book are wonderful, and really bring the cast of characters to life.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-01-12

Although I'm a relative newcomer to Swordspoint, I love the world of Riverside and its characters. I really like the unique way this audiobook was presented - part narration, part dramatised, part sound effects. It brings Riverside and the Hill to life.

The right voice reading an audiobook makes all the difference, and in this case Ellen Kushner reading her own story is perfect. I can't wait for the sequels to be given the same treatment!

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