I wasnt sure I would enjoy this story as it had a lot of war in it but I really enjoyed it. Jennifer Van dyk was a great narrator and made the story come alive. The description of the towns and citadels made it easy to imagine you where right there with them. I look forward to reading and listening to more of these stories.
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Sorry Elizabeth Moon but I could not wait for this story to end. I almost stopped completely several times but forced myself to slog through. It is all about the warfare and not much about the character development. The narrator tries but the story is not well develped. Sorry I cannot give this book a better review.
Aurthor gives a loose plot with no real feeling or empathy for her characters. Story is boring and ridiculous!
Reader has trouble pronouncing words and the characters are hard to follow; change in voices poorly delivered.
I could not listen after chapter 6; I think I did well to try for that long :(
I took on this book based on such great reviews, but I am not impressed that I didn???t find this book to be all that original. Book has words like 'damage' instead of 'wounds', 'fighter' instead of 'soldier' that would remind you that it is straight out of some D&D campaign. It was good enough that I was able to complete the book; therefore, I am giving 3 stars.
Here is the summary of the whole book. A girl joins the army after running away from family and then fought evil.
Narrator did a good job; however, she completes her sentences sometime abruptly which can be annoying at times.
I will not be reading the next book in this series.
Love epic sci fi and fantasy, but hate looking of really good books. So many duds out there. I am gamer too.
The story started really slow, but was interesting enough to keep continuing. It just builds and builds all the way to the end. This first book covers Paks' training and first couple of campaigns, with a hint of a mystery of what will Paks will likely become. It has a kind of dungeons and dragons feel to it. Was surprised about the fighting/action scenes, never found anything quite like it, yet. It follows more a tactical pov than a one on one type of setup most authors favor. Instead of listing blow by blow action, it goes more by armies moving lines or tower sieges as a group, but from Paks' pov. Magic is a mystery and you feel like an outsider, just like Paks, when encountered. I liked narrator, but it was hard for me to tell the difference between some male voices. She does accents well and she does not try to lower her voice as much as some female narrators do to get a male voice, which can sound gravely and fake. Was disappointing to find out that they change narrators in Kings of the North(wish I knew who to complained to about this when it happens and not just this series).
The first three books are:
Oath of Gold.
The second set:
Oath of Fealty
Kings of the North
Crisis of Vision(due in mar '12)
There is also another set containing a prequel and sequel(not found on audible):
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This is the first book in a trilogy, that when you have finished reading you wish you had found much sooner, or even better never remember reading so you can read it anew again.
I started this book with high expectations, soon to be dashed. I soon found myself not caring at all about the characters. In short, this book is terribly written and add characters, places, etc. in at a moment's notice without any effort of putting these new names in context...so you can either care about them know or understand who they are. I do not recommend this book.
this was an exceptional story. it drags you in and you honestly feel your there. such a great story.
Voracious Audiobook fanatic that enjoys a wide variety of books. Some of my favorite genres are- Sci-fi, Espionage, Romance, and Mystery.
This is the first book in the Paksenarrion Series, of which there are several. Although this book (of the original series) is a little older, it is no less enjoyable than the newer books. I have returned to this book both in paper and in audiobook several times over the years. This is a book about an adventure....not unlike the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings. The really awesome, and not as common part is that it's about a young woman. At the time, there were relatively few books in this genre, that included a female lead. Certainly not one that had the strength and will of Paksenarrion.
Moon does a superb job with character development. She really pulls you into the story, following as she is transformed from a naive and unpolished recruit into a formidable soldier. This is a sometimes rough, fantastic story for anyone, but especially who it seems geared toward (young adult....before it was even a genre!). I'm a huge fan of this author, who I believe deserves a lot more attention...for both her older, as well as newer works of fiction.