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I rank it at the top of the fantasy genre of stories. It is so different than other audiobooks about unicorns. I have never heard a story about unicorns where the unicorns had the same emotions and traits of humans! Wonderfully written with lots of details describing knights, battle maidens, battle scenes, training and fight scenes - even with some humor and romance put in here and there. Plus a surprise twist at the end!
The description of towns, the characters and especially of the Sacred Isle and the different battle maidens and their unicorns. The unique names and use of difficult descriptive words.
I have never heard Ms. Padovan narrate an audiobook before - she did an amazing job voicing over 35 different human AND unicorn voices (male and female voices) - that is a very tough job for any narrator to do! She has a naturally sensual, deep voice that can easily portray a young girl, a gruff man or even an old woman. Ms. Padovan even changed her voice to sound like the woman with the squeaky voice on the Big Bang Theory for one of the battle maidens (probably because the maiden was described as petite and small).
Thankfully, that one high pitched voice was only in a couple of key chapters though - I credit Ms. Padovan for making a bold choice for a character but I would not have wanted to hear that character the whole time. However, I'm still giving 5 stars for the performance - the versatility, the styling and pacing kept my interest throughout the listening time.
A very detailed story with some difficult wording and phrasing (the author loves to create original names of people and places - great for the listener but I'm sure hell for the narrator) which was very admirably narrated by Ms. Padovan
I hope the publisher and author bring Ms. Padovan back again to continue this series (there is suppose to be another book soon) and keep us entertained and informed of the adventures of Kayleigh and Mahjerri.
Towards the end of the story where Mahjerri must face the evil villain - there are a couple of other moments but I don't want to ruin the surprise ending for anyone! :-)
Hope the next book comes out soon :-)
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
3.5 stars overall. A fairly enjoyable book, I suspect as a girl I would have loved it. I picked this book up because I have enjoyed both the Dead Eye and the Supervillian Series by Jim Bernheimer, plus I like to read a good fantasy every once in a while. This book is from both Kayleigh's and Majherri's point of view. Majherri is one stubborn unicorn. Kayleigh is selected as a rider and then she goes through basic training with her unicorn. Since her unicorn has already been through this before, he gets up to trouble. I liked the characters but just barely, and I did see a lot of ideas that were in this book that have been done before. Which made me doubt if I would read the next book. Fortunately the last couple of hours in this book was full of action and magic, it started to get good and I will probably read the next book. Of course this book leaves you hanging, just like the end of TV season, trying to temp you to come back. Narrator is okay, she did have a bit of a monotone voice and a couple of character voices that were too screechy or just too high pitched.
I really enjoyed the book, a good clean read, with a new twist.
The final words
Not extreme, but as soon as I finished, I searched for the next book. It has been a while since I have done this. I have listened to audible books for over 20 years. I lost track of the number years ago...
Can't wait till the next book!
I haven't seen unicorns used this way before.
The narrator was plesant voice. The only problem was the narrator used a falsetto voice to voice one of the instructors. The voice was very shrill and annoying. Otherwise the narration was vary well preformed and I would listen to a book narrated by this narrator again.
Warning: This book has a cliffhanger ending. Good news: The second book is finally out. Bad news: Audible doesn't have it but you can read it if you don't want to wait.
I must admit this book turned out to be a little different than I expected, but in a good way. The book is written from two points of view - Kayleigh, the rider, and Majherri, the unicorn, The books starts off with Kayleigh and Majherri meeting and then on to the academy for Kayleigh to learn to become a warrior maiden. Majherri had lost his first rider and although that usually signifies death for the unicorn he somehow survived and was able to bond with a new rider. The book continues with a lot of hardships for both Kayleigh and Majherri. It's pretty fast paced and holds your interest with magic, some surprises and some good fight scenes.
I didn't really care for the narrator. She was all right when she was just reading, but I didn't really care for any of her voices and one in particular was particularly irritating.
Listening to the mix of Characters and how the Story got better and better as it went on!
This was my first Audio Book and wasn't sure how it would go but I LOVED IT. Christine Padovan was amazing! I loved the way she told the story as I said it got better as the story was told! A Movie for my Ears!
I'll buy anything she reads!
This storyline in my opinion had the potential to be fantastic, but the narration slaughtered it for me. I think that is one of the worst narrations I've heard, and that's saying a lot. The woman had this monotone voice that just didn't do it for me. She even had this one character who, when I found out had been killed, I was happy since I wouldn't have to hear the awful voice for her again. I know that's awful, but another issue I had with this and I'm not sure if it was the narrator or the way it was written, but I found the transitions to action sequences happened in such a way that I had to keep going back to even catch them. I hope they get a different narrator for any subsequent books in this series.I did like the unicorn rider idea, a nice break from the dragon rider idea, though I wish they'd explained why there were no male unicorn riders .
Nope. For reasons previously stated. In fact I will probably be less likely to read a book narrated by her.
No, the reader has a high, squeaky voice that was off-putting for me. It was cartoonish when she read some of the voices.
Eragon. It is also a saga of young hero/heroine journey.
Anyone who can do voices.
I enjoyed the story. In fact, I am looking forward to the sequel that was supposed to be out last year. This book is not a stand alone novel. It is definitely the first part of a saga. There is no resolution of anything at the end of this book, but I want to know where our characters go. I did have to wonder at the lax academy standards. There was a lot of physical training, but the magic training was put off and there didn't seem to be any testing for aptitude. But, if there had been, the story would have been different. I do recommend this book.
"Keep Moving Forward"
EVERYTHING, I can't wait till the next book. It has everything I could want in a story plus the added bonus of 'corns!
Oh definatly not..she has not concept of how to read a book...the voices that she did was horrible, one character in particular that it hurt my ears. BUT if shes the one to read the next book, I will still buy because I love the story line.