- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 13 hours and 43 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Road To Babylon Media LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: April 14, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01E7S1ZAY
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The Fires of Atlantis: Purge of Babylon, Volume 4 Audiobook – Unabridged
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I loved the action-packed pages and the edge-of-your-seat plot line that I've come to expect from Sisavath. In fact, I re-read the first three novels again before jumping into Atlantis so I could completely submerge in Sisavath's created world. I might not should have done that, because the small issues I began noticing in the first couple of books kind of came to a head in Atlantis and a whole new one opened up.
First, for the love of God please stop using the same lines for everyone. I can promise you that not every single person will say "tough girl" or "she's stronger than I thought." There are other ways you could get across those same thoughts without repeating the exact same wording. It got to the point that every time I saw those words I rolled my eyes. It always took me out of the story and had my thoughts drifting, which is never something you want to happen to a reader. This happened on numerous occasions and with a few other parts, but this was the biggest (and the most long-lived since it's happened in all four books)
The other really major issue I had was Keo. At first, I kept waiting for an explanation of his history, including at least a small paragraph explaining his time running in the woods from men, why he has the scar and who Gillian was to him, as in how they met and how they were separated. I got none of that, at all. I go online and find out Keo is the one represented in the "other" Babylon novels. I had, of course, seen notes of those books before but from the wording, I thought they were either small stories included while readers waited for the next main novel or they were books written during the same time period but completely separate from the Babylon series. Because I loved Will and Lara and everyone so much, I decided I didn't want to read the Lemuria novels and hadn't, until I read Atlantis and was forced to in order to have some answers.
So you see, because it always read like the Lemuria novels were just a bit extra, I was completely surprised to find out they were actually necessary to read in order to know Keo's background before he pops into the Babylon series. And he's a pretty main character, too, who will obviously at least be in the beginning of the fifth novel. For this reason, Sisavath should have written at the beginning of this book, or at least somewhere in the description of Keo's novel or Atlantis, that to understand who Keo was the reader needed to also read two other books. I would have excitedly wanted to know more if Sisavath had given me a paragraph of background on Keo and immediately purchased those novels but as it was, I felt I was reading them because I had to and it tainted the experience.
This isn't fully the writer's fault, though. He's deep into this world now, churning out these novels inhumanly fast (for which your readers thank you!) and I am sure it was a case of him not putting himself in the reader's shoes, a complete slip of the mind since he knew Keo and knew his background. Either that or he assumed all of us were reading both stories. It truly is the fault of his editors for not noticing this huge mistake and fixing it. After all, focusing on what one doesn't know about a character, especially something that comes up so often in Keo's POV sections, is distracting from the novel itself.
Also of note, Keo being half Korean would mean, for most people, that they would take his name as a family one or something from Korea. It is no longer humorous for a running joke to be "What kind of name is Keo?" when it comes up with every single person he meets. It just wouldn't happen. I completely believe some people would ask, but for me, even before someone asked the question, it never crossed my mind at all. Weirdly, I can believe in the creatures, but parts like this are completely unbelievable and, again, take me out of the story. Editors, step it up.
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