This book is a great continuation of the Paksenarrion world. Looking forward to book three. I find it interesting though that it is referred to as Legend of Paksenarrion as she hardly ever is present in this story. I understand that sometimes it is necessary to change narrators, but this series went from someone who was fun and exciting to someone who could put me to sleep. Still it was a good choice.
Elizabeth Moon's saga in the Paksennarion series is as compelling as her other works. However, the reader, Susan Eriksen, is a disastrous choice. Her reading is labored and occasionally shrill ; her continual mispronounciation of place names is grating to the ear. Jennifer Van Dyke read all the previous Paksennarion works and should have read this book; since she did not, it should have been incumbent upon Eriksen to at least listen to her predecessor's reading.
What a great story, ruined by a horrible story reader. You can't tell the difference between the different people she doesn't use different voices. it makes it very difficult at times to follow the story. The story itself is wonderful. I hope someday they replace this version with the original reader.
I truly love how Moon can write such captivating story that has the same standard throughout all of her book. Jennifer Van Dyck did a wounderful job narrating Moon work. So it was with pure horror when I noticed that it wasn't just a different narrator to this one, but a narrator that is impossible to listen to. It ruined this production and I also noticed she is narrating the last book in this series. So I guess I'll have to bring the physical books with me on my vacation instead.
I liked it, she did a good job.
I enjoyed this narrators rendition of the book. Several others have criticized it, but the author put forth a great narrative, and Susan Ericksen brought it to life in this audio version. I was easily able to follow the characters and understand who was speaking.
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While the change in readers bothers some, i found that within minutes of finishing book one and starting this continuation i adjusted.
I love this series...which began many books ago. Elizabeth Moon made me smile as a youngling and now when I am much older... this fantasy world has thoroughly captivated me.
I must say I got used to the other narrator. This narrator seems to just have angry voices and pronounced a lot of the words differently. The story was quite compelling and I do recommend it.
I read the book in paperback some years ago, so I know it's a typically strong Moon work. Good plotting, good characterization, fun read.
A good narrator will add interest to the text with emotive reading that matches the emotions intended by the writer, possibly with changes in voice, depending the character being voice, and a good understanding of pacing.
A fair narrator will not distract from the book, allowing the text to carry the story and staying out of the way.
This narrator, new for this book in the series, is ... not good.
She manages to make sympathetic characters sound alternately angry and whiny, uses pacing that gets in the way of the text, and seems not to understand what she is reading.
I hope not to hear another book read by her.
This being the fifth in the paladin series, I am irretrievably hooked. Susan Ericksen's reading is really decreasing my pleasure, though.
It's written for adults who like sword and sorcery, not children, and as such does not stint on details of fighting, war, politics and death of good characters. Plenty of detail but unlike Game of Thrones, doesn't spend hundreds of pages of people travelling without incident.
I HAVE to listen to her read the last two books of the series but I resent it. She reads like she's reading to 6-year-olds. It's strange that she's pretty good on the dialogue but horrible on the narration. I think six-year-olds would be insulted by her condescending tone.
Sure. But it would have to be six movies at least.
Please share my comments on Susan Ericksen with her because I will really avoid her after I finish this series.