One of the first things that made me love these books is the development of the characters. As a woman who served for 20 years in the military myself it is so refreshing to read a book where women serve in the military without being portrayed as victims or oddballs. It was absolutely no surprise to me when I finally looked up Elizabeth Moon online and found in her biography that she is a Marine. Semper Fi, sister!
Jennifer Van Dyck does a fantastic job narrating as well - none of those overbearing voices for either genders or ages, and no monotonous droning the way some do. Too often I steer clear of female narrators because they sometimes have a tendency to be overdramatic, but there is none of that here - just a pleasant and entertaining voice that knows when to pick up the speed a little and when to throttle back. Well done!
A standard beginning of an epic quest by a young heroine. A good story though. Nice job by the performer.
I love these books. I've read them numerous times over the years, but I could not listen to Jennifer Van Dyck. Her pronunciation of Pak's name as Pocks is jarring and very distracting and I agree with others who have stated that she went to the William Shatner Vocal School. She rushes the narration and gives odd pauses that don't align with the written text.
She barely has any tonal inflections for the characters, so they tend to blend together and sound very flat.
In every. Way. Possible.
Get a different narrator. One who puts feeling and care into crafting the story. Do yourself a favor. don't waste your credits on this book or the series or this narrator. Get the books in paperback or e-reader. I guarantee you'll like them a whole lot better reading them to yourself.
I am a 40ish woman with more interests than time but some of my favorite things are books, audio books and e-books. I have over 325 audio titles and have already listened to about 2/3rds of them. I drive over 25000 miles a year and my listening keeps me sane on the road.
I love this story. I originally read the 3 book series in the early 1990's and I have read it a couple of times since then. I thought it would be wonderful to revisit the original since its been so long and so I could read the later books that came after them. I drive for a living so I was excited about listening to them.
Sadly the narration was wooden and had weird inflections. There was little to no warmth in the characters and that was present in the writing. Odd interpretations of male voices (they all sound like a snare drum is talking) and altogether a poor choice in narration which sadly diminishes the book.
This is pure fantasy based on some of the Tolkein world building with elves and paladins etc.. I enjoy the genre and this is a pure example of the style and of 1980-1990's style. Other authors someone who likes this may also enjoy are: Raymond Feis &, Steven Brust.
Her inflections for men were all the same, as if a machine gun were talking. There was no warmth or humanity to the characters and much of the subtlety of plot was lost. Very wooden and artificial.
Maybe. If it were spiced up for modern audiences.
Great story poorly executed.
Narrator was great. It was more gory than i expected. Didn't want to listen with my kids around. Good war story.
This was my first time reading this classic fantasy epic, and I can see why it is such a classic! Loved the writing and the secondary character building, the primary character was nicely developed. The narrator could have made more distinction between the voices of different characters but I was never confused. I highly recommend this book if you like fantasy.
I can't tell you why I chose this book, but I'm glad I did. I was quickly sucked into the story of Paksenarrion and was held there through the rest of the trilogy. What a lucky find. It was well worth the credit. Although I didn't always like the elven voices Jennifer Van Dyck portrayed I thought she did a great job overall.
Nv Native American, 1 room school house, hi school of 30, Raised 4-2& 2 ala Brady Bnch, lv audio books, home bound widow. M happy. Thnx AB.
Recently my taste in these epics has soured and if it hadn't been for a special from Audible on "first" books in a series, I might not have gotten Sheepfarmer's Daughter. My appetite for good Epics had a high water mark to match as my first had been written by David Eddings ( and probably co authored by Leigh) The Maldoriaoun (Please forgive the spelling but can't exit this program to check.) and The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and I so regret his death before HE completed the series. These series had credibility, adventure, and each book was a very good stand alone without the constant dark, brooding passages that my subsequent listens did. Until this book! It has had the action, adventure, and mystery without the depressive beating inflicted by so many books. It did not go on and on about self doubt, character flaws, man's lack of faith, the self inflicted problems of the times, etc. Elizabeth Moon let us "see the sun" as needed and feel content and happy about circumstances and action taken! It was so refreshing!
I know that the second book is usually like unseasoned stew or uncooked dough: flat after the first book. I am looking forward to this one. I'm hoping the same style of writing is done and I'm happy to gamble a credit on this sequel without the qualms I have had with others!
I wanted a women's perspective on fantasy and I got it. An interesting story that hooked me by being simple and through charismatic characters, following the daily grind of a naive but fierce soldier.
She added more fantasy elements by the end, but in a subtle and interesting way, I'm looking forward to read the other books on Paks.
Fair warning: a ton of people die over the course of the story, but it makes a lot of sense, it isn't random.