The Elenium trilogy was one of the first fictional series I read in my youth, and I loved it. When I discovered the Tamuli series, I was delighted to read more about the adventures of Sparhawk and his friends. David Eddings' series has been a favorite to me for many years and so I looked forward to the audible edition when I found it recently. I was sorely disappointed, however, upon listening to it. I can ignore some strange pronunciations for the names of people and places... caramel, potato, tomato, etc., there are many common words with varied pronunciations, so its to be expected that there would be disagreements on how to read more exotic names. Hearing Tynian with a raspy, old man voice, Ulath with a light hearted, cheerful voice (even on "growled" comments), Zalasta with an Irish accent... the list goes on, but hearing these characters voiced in a way so inconsistent with the image created by the author, I simply could not enjoy this performance at all. Its no less a tragedy than the end of a Shakespearean play.
The narrator is horrible in every way. Mispronunciation, inflection, voices are all awful. He makes you hate characters who you loved in the first trilogy. Simply awful
Any Eddings title
New narrator. This gentleman is hopelessly bad
Story is good but no story could overcome this narration
I really struggled with the narration of the Tamuli. The narrator did a great job with one or two characters (the once with aristocratic speech patterns) and made me wince at many of the others characters. The absolute worst for me was Flute/Aphrael/Danae because it always sounded like the little girl was amused by everything in a really off putting way that made those characters very unlovable, which is the opposite of the intended response to them. I was also frustrated that there was no continuity from the Elenium to the Tamuli. I've read other series where a narrator changed at the end of the series to someone else and not found the transition very difficult but this one was really rough. I really enjoy the series in terms of the story and the characters (I read the series in print several times before) but the story and characters struggled to make it past the narration.
I loved the story, I read all of David Eddings books once every year. I can't let them go. He's by far my favorite author and I'm happy that audible has him and his wife on here. However the narrator is probably the worst I've ever heard.. you'd think that audible would check to make sure that the narrators have at least a little bit of talent or that the pronunciation between the two connecting trilogies is consistent at a bare minimum.
The Sapphire Rose. It's the opening book to the trilogy before this.
He had no narrating talent. His ability to differentiate between character voices was non existent. And he makes everyone in the book sound like a pompous ass.
Of course I would. But that's not because the narrator did a good job, because he didn't, it's because it's a splendid story. If this narrator was involved at all I'd skip the movie.
Please consider getting a new narrator for this trilogy. And get feedback from your customers or at least people who enjoy and/or read the books that you are paying narrators to narrate. People will be more than happy to give feedback than listen to a narrator who likes to narrate because he likes the sound of his own voice, not because he has talent, because Kevin Pariseau doesn't.
Kevin Pariseau was dissapointing as a narrator. I don't know what he was trying to achieve, but the way he read the book was very dissapointing. HE DID NOT DO HIS HOMEWORK!!! The first three books were absolutley wonderful to listen to and I fould myself in Sparhawk and Elena world. I even could picture who Talon, and everybody looked like. This second series was horrible. The places and names were not pronounced right. It was like listening to a foreinger butcher your native toungue!! Instead of listening to the story, the reader spends the whole time listening to him mess up the whole book. Very dissapointing indeed!!
The story was fabulous, I have read all the books time and time again. But the audio was dissapointing.
The story itself is an excellent example of the epic fantasy genre from an excellent writer. If you like any of Eddings' other fantasy work, or epic fantasy in general, you're bound to like Domes of Fire and the rest of the Tamuli.
Unlike the story itself, this reading is pretty dismal. I could quite easily listen to a non-fiction audiobook by the same narrator but his work with this volume is less than satisfactory. He departs from the pronunciation already established in the previous audiobooks, but this is just a little niggle. Much more damaging is his treatment of dialogue, which renders many conversations difficult to follow (the conversation in chapter two when Ulath and Stragen arrive in Cimmura is a good example). He gives us precious little to distinguish between the voices of the characters and the few voices he does use seem utterly incongruous with the characters as Eddings described them and as established in previous audiobooks. This is rather a disappointing treatment of an otherwise engaging story and I now rather regret downloading all three books of the Tamuli.
This change in the reader has ruined the book for me. He pronounced 90% of the names way to differently and his voice for sparhawk is almost feminine I can't even finish the audio book.
not a bad narration but personally I would have liked the previous narrator, Kevin Birely, to continue the story. or better yet a cast of actors to do the entire saga
Many reviews here harp on the performance of Kevin Pariseau, but in all honesty, it's not that bad. Yes, I preferred Greg Abbey's reading of The Elenium series, but after a couple hours listening, Kevin grew on me as well. Every performer is different and while it was frustrating sometimes to re-calibrate by listening to the different pronunciations of names and locale, it wasn't so shattering to the experience that I would place any great fault on the reader. Given the spellings of some of these names, I actually prefer the Periseau versions over the Abbey versions in some cases. He does lose a star, however, because some voices simply don't make sense or don't have enough character. Examples of the former are Ulath and Myrtai. Ulath sounds a little whiny, rather than a large, powerful, Norse-like warrior, and Myrtai is meant to have an accent. Praiseau gives other Attan characters accents, but for some reason, decided Myrtai should sound like a stern nanny.
Story gets only 3 stars because it spends more than half of the book in what amounts to written establishing shots, exposition and character background. I understand this is the first book in a trilogy - rather than the fourth in a hexology - but even assuming the listener/reader hadn't read The Elenium, it's a little much. There's a great deal of build up and really only hits the interesting new story around halfway through part 3 when we start learning much more about the Tamul Empire and the threat it faces. However, given the pacing at the end, book 2, The Shining Ones, has a lot of promise if it can keep up the pace.
Overall, many of the negative reviews on the performance of Kevin Pariseau stem from those having just come off listening to The Elenium, so take those comments with something of a grain of salt. Pariseau delivers a fine performance, albeit different from Abbey's, and is entertaining enough to have earned his paycheck here. I feel much of the frustration comes from a combination of this circumstantial change and the book's slow-paced recap of previous events. Hang in there through the end and you'll find yourself on board with any new pronunciations as well as the developing story.
I would recommend the book. I don't recommend this narrator.
He didn't even listen to the first three books in the series, narrated by someone different. Almost all of the names are pronounced wrong. I can see the narrator pronouncing them differently than I did in my head, but after the first 50 hours (3 books) you really get used to the one (official) way to pronounce them. It becomes very distracting trying to figure out who he is talking about. Plus, Ulath sounds small, his voice is way too high. He's supposed to be a huge taciturn knight, not a member of the court.