Five out of five stars
I'm rereading this whole series, and I loved this book the second time, just as much as the first time I read it.
The narrator did an excellent performance, and brought out the characters unique differences.
I read this book with I was a teen and remember really liking it, but like most things from your teens it just doesn't hold up to adulthood.
I'm not gonna bother writing what I didn't like about this book, just look at all the other bad reviews, they pretty much got it right...simplistic writing, generic characters, repetitive dialog, unbelievable exchanges. Add to all this an over acting narrator that belongs in any B movie fantasy flix (I wonder if he got a part in the TV show) and you got 30+ hours of temptation. Temptation to stab yourself in the ear.
I just can't image ever liking this book....then again, I also liked MC Hammer when I was a kid.
Definitely one of my favorite stories. it never gets old. I've read it many tjmes, but this is the first time listening to it. I hated the narrator,
So, I remember the first time I read this book - it was my first real exposure to the fantasy genre and I thought it was amazing!! I was also 13. Since then I have read many other fantasy authors Jordan, Sanderson, Rothfuss; I felt that they were comparable to my favorite, Wizard's First Rule.
This week, nearly 15 years later, I listened to the audio version and couldn't believe my ears. As other reviewers have stated, the writing is, at best juvenile and repetitious. Add to this the performance of the narrator and the entire book becomes a melodramatic farce. If you are looking for an epic fantasy series to sink your teeth into - keeping going - see one of the authors I cited above. This is a waste of your time.
Yes, the reader was hard to hear when he tried to do alternate voices.
Richard & Khailand
Very hard to hear when he tried alternate voices especially if female
Yes with a strong reader
The overall story is interesting, however I was rather surprised that such a prolific author struggled so much with things like keeping tenses consistent. Most of the story is mostly in the past tense, and then suddenly there are one to three sentences in the present tense. Every time this happens I am pulled out of the story. I kind of wonder if the editor just skimmed the story and said "OK this is fine," and passed it on to the printer.
The other major distraction was the narration. At seemingly random times throughout the story a sentence is spoken with great urgency as if it had been punctuated "!!!!" and then back to normal pacing. Also, this guy has no idea how to do feminine voice. I know most male voice actors don't sound like real women when they read, but this guy is in a class of badness all in it's own. The voice he uses for nearly every woman in the story causes me to imagine a short fat man gangster cartoon character that makes me want to face palm. This is a rather significant weakness in a story with prominent women as protagonists and antagonists throughout the tale. This is especially true for the mord sith, bratty characters (princess/other mord sith), and dragon who are especially chatty. Every scene with them I'm just like "... ewwe..."