Love this book. makes me want to go out and join the army. reading this book again, I feel that the author brings paks alive and you really feel like you are her friend. you feel like you experience everything along side her. excellent reading by the narrator as well.
I am an infomaniac...seeking insight, clarity & understanding...
while I've become bored with the many good vs. evil stories i gave this a chance as I've always loved Moon's sci fi worlds...the only problem is that her stories end and leave me wanting more!
so i gave this a try and found myself falling inn love with Pak and Happy that there is much more to listen to...6 books!
I would have lost the obvious Dungeons and Dragons worldbuilding and stereotypes. Clear the author plays Dungeons and Dragons and allows that to color her terminology a lot. The rest of the story is slow, which would be ok if the world were more interesting, but it feels too much like a boring D&D adventure.
Her ability to have recognizable characters by voice inflection is enjoyable.
No. Probably not even to read the next book....
I bought this on sale. I think there may have been a reason it was on sale. I listened (mostly)and apparently a young woman went killing guys for a army renting pseudo duke. She was filled with pride. She had no thoughts during a 18 hr book but was sad occasionally. Killing guys made her sort of sad but hey...
So,as I said "Huh?"
World strong. characters flat plot weak. Wanted to feel more connexion between characters and know what Paks was thinking more often.
I got half way thru the narration of this book and had to quit. The storyline was simplistic and the characters uninteresting. Half way thru the book I realized that I did not really care to hear the conclusion of the story!
An amazing story told a little too harshly making it come across a bit too ordinary and military which was not all the written words held. A bit of a disappointment since I love this book. The narrator makes this book seem military which is great but looses the more than ordinary aspect to it making it seem too mundane and without feeling.
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.