I actually enjoyed listening to this to some degree, but it just didn't draw me in. I got another book I was eager to listen to and just stopped this one.
It's a kid's book, aimed at imparting morals, and describing the minutiae of a soldier's life, probably fun for a little girl who dreams of being a warrior or soldier.
Not very 'juicy' though.
When you listen to an audiobook and knit lace at the same time you will have to repeat both activities. I know this. I am resigned to it.The first time through the series the elves voices drove me crazy. If the reader had been present I might have hurt her. The second time through they didn't bother me nearly as much. And, to be fair, how does a human being reproduce a lilting, singing, nonhuman voice? I have no idea, and so I'm glad I didn't have the opportunity to hurt the reader.Final analysis - I loved the story, the perrformance was better than I would have said had I not messed up the lace pattern so badly. The lace was better the second time too.
No, both versions were very good. - I purchased this in addition to the The Deeds of Paksanarrion, omnibus edition, so I would have an option to listen to it as well as read it.
Yes, it may not be possible in all one sitting but I have no problem listening while doing other things and will find the time to finish it.
Great story and well told
A good read.
Paks, of course, because the development of the character shows just the right amount of detail, and makes you want to know what will happen to her.
Get the two other books, because you'll want to continue listening right away, I know I did.
The book itself is ok. It is the first of a three part series that is written as one book, in other words, you don't lose any time between books. I like that. When I read trilogies I like there to be a steady rise throughout the trilogy as a whole to a great climax at the end of the series. This trilogy delivers that. Each book gets better and better. Unfortunately, because of the single-book-split-into-three technique used here, I felt like the first one didn't have a very good story arc in and of itself. Maybe it is just my opinion. If you get through the first, the other two were good. I will note that the transition to book 2 might not make you want to read book 2. It doesn't give very many hints of what is coming so it almost feels like a separate story. Alternatively, if you get through book 2, you will want to have book 3 readily handy because it leaves you with a little bit of a cliffhanger.
Unfortunately, what I can't support is the narration of this particular audiobook. Jennifer Van Dyck just wasn't able to capture the protagonist properly at all. The story centers on the sheepfarmers daughter. Paks is 18 or 19 when she runs away from home and joins a mercenary company. Think with me for a second. A medieval-esqe/dungeons & dragons world, with a 19 year old girl (who is also incredibly naieve at first) in a mercenary company. Would you expect that to make her timid and indecisive? The whole first book the narrator makes her sound somehow timid and weak by using a more breathy tone than she does for some of the other characters. Most of the others were ok, but I just couldn't get around how weak, timid and indecisive way that Paks was read. I switched to the books for the second two and it made all the difference. In my head, she is strong and bold and she talks like it.
Just my two bits. Not saying you can't listen to the audiobook just fine, I just found myself constantly re-adjusting what I heard to what I thought it might actually be like, based on her actions, rather than the tone it was read in.
I have this series in paperback, have read it numerous times, so I do enjoy the story. The narrator is very distracting. As she reads the back ground, the descriptions she has a cadence that I had to check to make sure that the speed wasn't upped by accident. I've even attempted to take it down a notch so it sounds better. The problem with that is when she reads dialog she does so at a normal pace, which then throws off the adjusted speed of the recording. It's frustrating to the least. If this wasn't a series I know I like the story, I wouldn't continue and I certainly won't get a new to me series if she's narrating.
The Way Elizabeth Moon developed Paksenarrion and how Jennifer Van Dyck brought her to life. I have previously read this series and loved it, now I love it even more.
Paksenarrion of Course!!!
I havn't, but I'm gonna look for her now:)
This book is the begining of a wonderful journey, held me spellbound and made it hard for me to want to get anything else done.
Get this Book!
Sooner or later, it all gets real!
No fault of the narrator. Could only listen to the first part of the narration. The story never captures the attention and is incredibly slow. It suffers from not knowing if it is an adventure story or a misplaced romance novel with only one protagonist.
No I would not. After reading this book you have no real clear understanding of the fantasy world they live in, either it's boundaries or customs. You have very little depth of attachment to even the characters you do get to encounter.
You really don't even know the main character or care about her even a little bit at the end of this so called story.
The fact that nothing really happens, you don't care at all what happens and that you just want it to end. I'm really surprised I got to the end. When the protagonist get's in a bit of trouble at the end you really could care less if she is eaten by wolves or makes it back.
You don't know her at all, and thus just have a distant interest in the fact that at least something is happening in the story.
It's been over a month, I have forgotten every character in the book. Is character too strong of a word for this?
The narrator was good. Good narration and I wouldn't hesitate to read another book read by this narrator
rambunctiously soft spoken.
This started of very well I enjoyed the first half a lot the attention to detail is insane I could smell the wet mud and fell the chill in the air, Hats very much of to the narrator there is a telephone book of characters in this book and she gives every one a personality.
Pox as she is come to been know as you go though is a solider and nothing more really,the story goes of on weird tangents that seem to want to go some where but never do.Maybe in the next books thous tangents will make sense but I don't know if I will be downloading it.