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.
Let me start by saying I'm a huge Tamora Pierce fan and have been for many years. Wild Magic was the first book I read of hers and has a special place in my heart.
That being said...this audio version is horrific. I loved Trini Alvarado's reading of the Alanna series and couldn't wait to hear her do this series. When I realized the author herself was doing the narrating I figured she would make it even better. Not so much. She's a great writer but a terrible narrator. She seemed bored and unfamiliar with her own work! The Full Cast Audio team made a wonderful book sound like a cartoonish mess. The main characters voice was whiny and like nails on a chalkboard. The rest of the characters were not much better and the random music between chapters was distracting.
I really wish there was a different audio version of this book with just one narrator who actually enjoys telling the story.
I read this book a long time ago, but I don't think I finished it. Given the time I was in grad school and likely busy reading Vygotsky and Dewey too. Also, I remember the ending different. I picked up the Full Cast audio book of this and it was very pleased. It was like a mini performance. Some reviewers mentioned that keeping track of the character voices was tough, but I found it easy to be honest. I was not going to pick up the next three books, remembering that this one pretty self-contained, but now I am going to. I also enjoyed having Pierce as one of the narrators. It is nice to hear the definitive pronunciation of some of the names, even if they were sometimes very different than how I had read them!
The Valdemar books by Mercedes Lackey.
I loved the part where Daine talks to the whales and the scenes immediately after that. We get a real feeling of how much she has grown by this point and just how scary powerful she could be.
I thought the Full Cast audio was great. Looking forward to the next three books.
It's one of my all time favorite books and a favorite audiobook that I return to every few years.
Numair Salmalin...he's my all time favorite male lead, because he's smart, practical, goofy, and an all around good person.
I'm a huge fan of hers, so to have something read by her is amazing. I also love that it's full cast, which gives it almost a performance piece vibe. My only complaint is that the woman cast for Daine could be a bit whiny at times. When I read in my mind for Daine, her voice comes off as matter-of-fact, not whimpering.
This book is so nostalgic for me and whenever I read it or listen to it, I discover new aspects of it. It's a book you can read at 14 and love, and read ten years later and realize how well-written it was and how much it shapes a lot of your own thoughts. It really resonates.
If you haven't read any of Tamora Pierce's Tortall books, I recommend starting with Song of the Lioness quartet, but this is actually the book that got me into Tortall. They're great books for young adults and many of my friends who also read this as young adults find themselves rereading the books well into their 30s, because they really stay with you. They are severely underrated and deserving of their own TV and film adaptations. I'm nearing 30 myself and I not only reread them, but I've kept up with her books, and am eagerly waiting for her to publish more.
the voice actors hired to do each individual character was outstanding. it makes immersion into the story easy and amazing. Almost as good as reading the book yourself.
I have been a Tamora Pearce fan for a long time. Now I am again. Wonderful characters and an intriguing magic concept - wild magic. I look forward to hearing the next three in the series.