I've listened to both Alanna and Wild Magic, I liked the production of Wild Magic MUCH better. The narrator (the author) is fine. She very clearly enunciates but it really is much like listening to an accent, it doesn't detract from her narration at all.
The echo effect for the character's thoughts is a bit old but I haven't any idea how to do it better so I guess I shouldn't complain about that too much.
The cast is very good. I particularly liked the casting for Arum (sp?), the wizard, and Daine's horse.
I loved the book, and unlike the other reviewers, had no problem with the full-cast production (although I did love the job Trini Alvorado did on the previous series).
I just wanted to warn the users of the Creative Labs Nomad Zen Extra that this is one of the books that causes the "playback error" bug referenced in the FAQ. I got very frustrated a couple of times due to the tech issues.
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.
I loved this book. I could not put the story down. One nite and the next day were devoted to finishing this book. I had to be reminded eat. Thank you Tamera Pierce for this wonderful story. I'm off to find another book by you to read
Loved the story for a long time now. The voice actors renewed it for me. Would love to be able to turn the music part off. It did not enhance the story. For the most part it actually pulled me out of the story. At least the music was only at the beginning and end of the chapters.