I have listened to the Sheepfarmer's Daughter several times already. I love the story and the way that it is read.
I picked this up after reading other recommendations and all I can say is thank you to the folks that wrote those reviews. This is the best of the Deeds of Paksenarrion series and it can stand by itself quite nicely if you don't like series.
Just. Too. Shatnery.
The story written by Ms. Moon is an excellent and realistic story of a young girl learning to be a soldier, and perhaps more ... Realistic for all that this is a fantasy work. The world is rich and true and the life of a mercenary soldier is real, from digging latrine trenches to the choking dust of battle. Yet this story is so much more, and only the beginning of Paksennarrion Dorthansdotter's journey to becoming a Paladin.
The woman must have been trained by William Shatner himself ... I can't tell. You how. Terribly frustrating the stopping. And starting. Within virtually every sentence. Can become.
(bangs head repeatedly)
Also, Ms. van Dyck pronounces Paks' name as "Pocks", a very jarring and irritating thing to hear after twenty years of 'hearing' Paks' name in my head as "Packs". I'll grit my teeth and bear it, but when coupled with the Shatner School delivery, it makes me regret the purchase.
Do yourself a favor ... Get the written version.
Loved the book decades ago when it was first published, still love it. Can't see how Moon could have made it better.
It is so well done for Audible, I can't think of anything that would have made it better. Jennifer Van Dyck is a great reader.
Spurred excitement and a desire to know what happens next.
I love the depth of her characters. Was anxious to get the next installments (which I did, and loved)
Some days you need to take a break from getting better and just enjoy a great tale. Whatever your mood you can find it here at Audible.
This was the first fantasy I read while growing up. It got me hooked on the genre. I just wish that other authors created main characters that were as likable as Paks. My only disappointment was that I felt the narrator didn't quite do the story justice. By the third book she'd grown on me but I didn't care for her rendition of one of my all time favorite fantasy epics. This is a classic story where the distinction between good and evil is clear and consistent.
The surprising twists and turns in the story.
How magic was brought ito it.
The emotion she showed in her voice.
When Pox had to leave her friends, so she could get the information to the Duke.
This is the kind of book that due to the names of the characters and places, I would have put away because I have a hard time figuring out how to pronounce them. Having this book in audio showed me what I was missing out. The characters in this book were very likeable and the reader made them even more so. I am looking forward to the next book...
Some challenge for the hero to fix.
There seemed no purpose to it. I kept waiting for it to be revealed. The heroine was passive - things happened to her - she did not make the story happen.
The narrator has the same rhythm for each sentence or phrase, and the rhythm is so punctuated it is almost staccato at times. I could take away the words and go . . . "Da da da duh, da da da duh. Over and over and match her tonal rhythm. I wanted to stretch and soften her words out.
Overall, it was uninspiring, but perhaps interesting to someone with a military inclination.
Fantasy that works
Skillful use of the fantasy genre bring the time, place, and story alive
Voice of each character is distinctive yet the reader's device is unobtrusive. Great oral characterization of Paks animates the 'heroine.'
The author's story, characters, and fantasy setting -- through a skillful reading -- results in the best kind of audiobook experience where all elements combine and transport the listener to another reality.
Paks is such a wonderful character...a woman warrior with a strong sense of right and wrong as well as her own inner compass. Great role model for young ladies reading this book.