I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)
This is better written than the Element Master's collection M. Lackey is current but very much the same idea.
It's a nice love story with some magic.
Kate Black Regan does a good job overall in performing this book. There are a few small sections where her intonation doesn't quite match the description of the different characters' intonation, but she gives each character a distinct and credible voice, so that her overall performance is enjoyable. I think this audiobook is worth the price I paid for it.
I put off buying this book because of all the mixed reviews, the low one in particular? I'm sorry I didn't purchase it right away. It's the perfect beginning to her Elemental Masters series. And while it doesn't have the totally happy storybook ending, it is completely satisfying and logical. In fact I found it quite enthralling. The characters are deeply complex as is the plot. If you like this series, please don't hesitate like I did. You'll be losing out on a marvelous story.
Very Highly Recommended!
I love this book, I have read it once a year since middle.school. the vocalist in this reading brings out tones that I never thought of when o read it mself. yup find something new every time you read it. Mercedes Lackey is a Amazing Author.
I decided to take a step out of my niche, and the description of this novel sounded as though could be something amazing. Instead it felt watered down, and was often an insult to my intelligence. I found myself re-writing passages in my head to make them more believable and vivid and exciting. Details were overlooked altogether, one supposes in order to keep the story moving, but all too quickly and vaguely. People rushed and circumstances unfolded at a pace that stretched credibility, the heroine behaved as though hypnotized in her ability to accept the bizarre and move forward in every situation.
I suppose if light fantasy romance is your genre and one of your favorite authors you'll be fine, but I need something with more depth.
The narrator certainly didn't help, she extended the lackluster performance of the author.
An original package for a fantasy. From the outset, this story gets you in because you aren't sure what will happen next. Rose, the lead character, is totally believable and easy to identify with. If you enjoy imaginative explanations for well known historical events, then 'The Fire Rose' will a be a 'must-read' book. This is a good introduction to 'The Elemental Series'.
"Beauty and the Beast", retold. California in the early 1900s, but with wizards and dragons.
Lackey is as skillful as usual: All through the book, I was saying to myself, "I can't believe I'm actually continuing with this! It's contrived, it's predictable, it's trite..." And of course, I enjoyed every bit of it.
Recommended? I dunno...
I loved the story.
The narration was the worst I have heard. She mispronounced words constantly. I don't regret buying it because the story is wonderful but IF I had known how bad the narration was I wouldn't have paid the $.