Full Cast Audio should have redone the first couple of pages- the narrator sounded flat and tired as I began to listen. After that I was caught up in the story and tried to find ways to keep listening!
I borrowed the print versions of the rest of the series and read them afterwards, to keep enjoying this consistent magical world.
Yes, even though I adore Mrs. Pierce, I don't particularly like her narrating. However, it is something I got used to and can live with. What made me cringe was the reader playing Daine. Good grief! What a whiner! Even though she can be described as horrible, a true fan of Mrs. Pierce's work (which I am) would not regret this still interesting audiobook.
The character performers were great. The narration was a little slow but ok. Read this and all other Tamora Pierce books to my kids and they loved them. I will be acquiring the rest of the series on audio for my busy travel schedule.
In all the books I've read or listened to this author is my favorite! She keeps you at the edge of your seat throughout her story.
I think it needs to be redone narrated by someone new. My vote is for one speaker who can do characters like Jim Dale, Simon Vance or Terry Donnelly. The method of having the characters played by different actors really fails here.
I love this story and have for many years. I think it is a great young adult series with vivid characters and strong female leads. As a young girl it made me look critically at my relationship to the world in a way that helped me to grow and take ownership of myself.
I was dismayed to find that Tamora Pierce is a terrible narrator! Listening to this audio book has been extremely painful. Also, the acting of the general cast was atrocious! Who ever directed this or envisioned it should be ashamed of themselves. I think they categorically ruined a good story. The female lead has the winiest most dis-empowered voice in an audio book I have ever heard. her voice ruined a bright and growing character.
I was very disappointed.
I hope to hear soon that someone is going to rerecord this series and revive it from the unfortunate state it is currently in.
Great story that I listened to over and over again. Pulls at my heart strings every time time. I can't wait to read the next story. A good read for all ages