My favorite of the series is only made better by the incredible narration of Claudia Black. The princess uses the phrase 'a voice like warm honey,' in several of the novels, and listening to Claudia bring this book to life, I finally know exactly what she means. Great job.
I loved this book. In fact, I'm going to have to buy it and "read" it. The narrator is not terrible. In fact, she is quite good. With that said, I have to say that after listening to the other books, it's distracting to have this type of narration. There's a lot of dialogue in this book. It's hard to figure out the difference between Doyle, Reece, Gaylan, or even Andeais... They all sound the same. I can't wait for the next book, though.
I truly am enjoying this audiobook, most especially, I think, b/c of the narrator. I haven't listened to the other books in the series before and maybe that's why I wasn't distracted but I thought her accent added to the story, not detracted. She brought the characters together beautifully and I haven't been confused once as to who was speaking.
I think it is kind of telling that there are some reviews here saying she overacts, and others that say there isn't enough acting to tell a difference. You have to move on and just enjoy the story ... and this has got to be the best Merry Gentry story so far.
So go ahead and buy this without fear that you'll not enjoy it. The story is rich and so is the voice that will be telling it to you!
I don't know why the publisher changed narrators after so many books in the series but it was a change for the worse. The lead character is American, not British and the narrator's British accent is very distracting. Also, the narrator doesn't distinguish between characters with different voices so the narration is frequently confusing. While I enjoyed the book (Note: you have to read the previous books in this series to understand anything in this book), it took me about 4 hours to finally adjust to the new reader and I will probably not purchase the next volume if it is read by the same author -- I will go back to the book format.
I bought the audio book without checking to see who the narrator was. I've listed to 2 and 1/2 chapters of the book and have decided to toss the audio version and buy the hardback. The accents are very distracting, especially the decidely British accent for an American Faerie Princess.
So far the book is good, I just can't get past the narrator's voice.
If you are a fan of the series you will enjoy this book. If you are new to the series do not start here. I really like the new narrator for the series. Some times it is hard when a new narrator takes over a series but pronunciations are the same and her reading really drew me in to the book. I hope Claudia Black will narrate the future books of this series.
If you have been listening to Laural Merlington narrate the series this book will be a hard listen. She is good but she doesn't do different voices and it is easy to mistake which person is talking. I think I will probably buy the book, I feel like I missed a lot.
Not the best book in the series. I really had a hard time with the way Claudia Black pronounced things and the voices she used were so diffrent then the previous it was hard to listen to. Actualy I fastforwarded through this Audio book and I think I will actualy have to read it to enjoy it.