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 Post subject: Review for the audio book of ShadowsFall.
PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:20 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Review for the audio book of ShadowsFall.
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:47 pm 
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I have a guilty confession - this is one of the few SRG novels I have yet to read (along with the Deathstalker prequel books). "Shadows Fall" was never available on Kindle edition, and it was never at the local Barnes and Noble when I started collecting SRG novels. I never got around to ordering a print copy from Amazon either. I like audiobooks since they fill up the time while commuting to work, or doing busy work at my desk, so I'm downloading this one now so I can stop feeling guilty! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Review for the audio book of ShadowsFall.
PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 5:59 pm 
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I finished the Shadows Fall audiobook over the weekend. The audiobook was a little frustrating. I do a lot of audiobooks so I'm used to different voice actors trying to distinguish characters by different voices and accents, but it the narrator for Shadows Fall felt like he was trying to "Americanize" the novel. Even though it was clearly set in England, most of the characters had an American accent, particularly several southern accents, with only James Hart actually having a British accent (albeit a poor one).

Additionally there were no pauses between scenes or chapters, just an immediate jump like they were part of the same sentence. This made it difficult to tell when the story was moving to a different narrative character, especially in the latter half of the book where the pace picks up and things happen rapidly. This prevented me from really investing in the audiobook, and prevented me from dispelling the suspension of disbelief that a good narrator helps to build.

So with the poor narrator aside, the story was very interesting. I liked how the "myth" of the town built up slowly, and the various characters were integrated together. The whole Warriors of the Cross bit didn't make a lot of sense, so I just chalked them up to religious zealots and made no effort to empathize.

The ending felt a little too cleaned up to me, almost in the vein of "deus ex machina" - and suddenly everything was alright, the end. I really need to pick up the paperback one day since this seems to be avoiding the Kindle platform, I'm sure the read will be much better than the audiobook. Overall I liked "Drinking Midnight Wine" as the best of SRG's stand alone novels, but this one makes a good second.

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 Post subject: Re: Review for the audio book of ShadowsFall.
PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:09 pm 
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Shadows Fall is a great book, but I can't comment on the audiobook as they are something I just can't get into.

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