The story was not a bad one but I wish that I had read the book instead of listened to it. The narrator's voice and style were wrong for a fantasy novel and his habit of mumbling his words almost drove me over the edge. It was all that I could do to finish the tale.
If you are looking for an excellent story that is read extremely well and you don't mind a little sex and violence then check out George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire".
I kept waiting for something to happen but it never did. It's like Roger Zelanzy's writing but without the story, and without the characters.
First let me say that this is one of Bujold's best books. The story is satisfyingly dire, happy, thrilling, and sad. The world is convincing and the religion nicely nuanced.
Lloyd James reads all of the characters consistently and always seems to understand what is funny, what is tragic, and acts without overacting. I have listened to this book several times and always enjoy it.
The new whole new world created by the author...
I think this book is similar version of the series of Lord of the Ring
Lord Casarell was my favorite.
No - I love to read, but the audio version is very good
The way the characters are developed and the way the story holds together. You find yourself almost part of the story
I think the choice of voices used for each character.
I liked the miracle of Caz and the mules
I recommend reading Paladin of Souls after reading the Curse of Chailion
Out of over 200 titles in my library The Curse of Chalion is my favorite. I have listened to the whole book at least three times.
I love how the story comes unfolds, I love the characters, I think the world that Bujold has created, with its own political intrigue and mythology is exceptional.
I think it would be a spoiler to discuss my favorite scene, but it involves Caz and the Royce and when the met in the book.
I'm a big fan of Bujold's -- have been ever since I read this book. But the sequel to this book. Paladin of Souls as well as her some Vokosigan Saga are all in my top ten. Highly reccomended.
I love Bujold's novels - her themes of difference and tolerance pursued within a great story and engaging characters. I have listened to her Vokosignan series read by Grover Gardner who is just about perfect for them. Lloyd James is totally different and it took a while to get used to him, mainly because he was so over the top with his characters' voices. Once I got used to it, it was like listening to a play - in fact James tended to treat adverbs as stage directions - which was irritating at times because I would notice thus interrupting the flow of the story. But mostly great fun and enthralling. This kind of narration with the narrator's verbal skills taking precedent over the novel itself and with distinct voices for all of the characters can result in a high irritation quotient, especially if you don't like the 'voice' given to a particular character. But, overall, a great story narrated with style.
I really loved this book the first time I read it and I thought it would be fun to download the audiobook. While I think Lloyd James does a fine job of narration and distinguishing the voices of the different characters, I have to admit he is not at all who I would have picked to narrate this book. His normal reading voice is very American to me and since the story is European(ish), I was expecting someone with an English accent. Something like Tom Hiddleston's narration for "The Red Necklace" would have been perfect. However, I did and do love the book and will happily listen to it again.
I liked the book a lot - it took me a little bit to get used to the reader, but after a while I thought he fit the part. Well developed characters - I was pulled into the story and it was just right for my long comute to work. Everything about the book seemed new and different. I enjoyed the listen very much. I hoped the series would go on with Caz, but Paladin of Souls has a different lead character - each book stands as a complete story. I am enjoying the series very much.
Mostly use audio books in planes these days. Know I really like a book when I find myself with earphones still on from home to hotel
Despite a somewhat grim beginning (made more so by the narrator's voice - you do grow to see the voice is perfect for the character), the novel takes many a twisted and delightful twist shortly after introducing the major players. Set in a Spanish-like setting, the plot grows greatly while following the redemption of the main character. Highly recommended.