Title: City Of Masks
Author: Mike Reeves-McMillan
Narrator: Mike Reeves-McMillan
Link: City of Masks BlogSpot
Categories: Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-fi, Adventure
Over All Rating: 4.5
Audio Rating: 4.5
Narrative Rating: 4
Teaser: City of Masks is a swashbuckling adventure in a setting reminiscent of Shakespeare's Italy (complete with twins).
In the city-state of Bonvidaeo, by custom and law everyone must wear a mask and act in character with it, or face civil, social and religious penalties.
Gregorius Bass is sent to Bonvidaeo as the Envoy of Calaria, primarily to get him out from underfoot. Masked as the Innocent Man, and in the company of his radical young Bonvidaoan servant, Bass stumbles into mystery, intrigue, heresy and murder.
Alright as it began, I really didn't particularly like this podcast novel when I started it. Mainly because I did not much care for the way the author was reading it; however, it grew on me as I got farther into it. I noticed as new characters were introduced that the reading was a form of characterization that was kept amazingly consistent throughout.
My biggest issue with this is the way that the sister is done, mostly because it's hard to follow. That being said, her parts are short so it doesn't get on my nerves to the point that I can't deal with it.
Lol the way characterization was done aside--which it was done much better in this audio novel then I've heard anyone else so far do on their own--I really like the premise of this work. The city of masks where everyone is a character of themselves, it's brilliant and a lot of fun. *chuckles* I was actually tempted to do a bit of fan fiction but decided not to insult the author with that. The story and the characters grow on you as the work progresses, as bits and pieces of the stories and the people are revealed. It's like a great peep show done by a professional (not that I would know what that's like but... whatever my brain is still mush.)
In terms of the audio quality this is one of the first pod cast novels that I haven't had to turn up so loud to hear the voices that the music is too loud. That is one of my biggest pet peeves, usually to hear people I have to turn it up so loud that the intro music/audio perks bust my ear drums. So kudos on that and I look forward to more.