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.
The Director refusing to sign off on the performance until the voice of Rider Welsh was changed from a very good imitation of Mickey Mouse to that of an adult female human.
The story has potential, and I enjoyed the Author's Ferryman book but I don't think I will be able to finish this book. When describing actions, the Narrator is ok, but in dialogue she is stilted and the characterization of Rider Welsh is so high pitched and whiny I cringe and remove my earphones. It's terrible. I'd rather not be able to tell which character is saying what than listen to this. I've bought over 150 audio books, on this and other sites and this is the absolute worst performance. I can handle the stilted dialogue, in truth, I didn't notice it at first, but what was the Director, sound editor, whoever else vets productions thinking when they let the Narrator produce Rider Welsh's characterization? Did nobody check it?
Absolutely Not. I cringe just remembering the voice used for one of the characters. It's horrible, I don't think I'll be able to finish this book. The dialogue is also stilted. Why didn't this Narrator get direction to loosen up and drop AT LEAST an octave on Rider Welsh's speeches? I have never given a negative review (or any review) before but this is just dreadful.
Can't get past the high pitched helium voice for one of the characters. If the book is or becomes available as an ebook I might buy it.
I really don't like giving public negative reviews. I think whoever is involved in the management of this production was negligent for not giving performance feedback to the Narrator when they first heard the characterization of Rider Welsh. With more experience and coaching and better direction the Narrator might become accomplished.
I enjoyed this story. It was good and I'm ready for the next one. The narrator was lacking quite alot. She didn't distinguish character voices and I'd get confused wondering who was talking or reacting to a situation. Often she read as if ending a sentence and then very slowly picked up where she left off to complete it. I would have preferred to have read this one on my own! I recommend it actually!
I enjoyed the story line, the premise behind the plot.
I didn't like the accents, the changes in voice, and the overall tone of the performance. The pacing was bad, and there were often pauses in the wrong places.
I was sick when I listened to this and was looking for something light to listen to. This fit the bill. When it finished though I wanted to read the next book so it must have so it must have merits. Being sick I may be judging too harshly when I say it was OK
The performance was good in that the charters could be told from the "voice" the performer gave, which helps when the text does not explicitly tell you. However, it had a bored quality or heavy quality to the reading which was a little annoying when your sick but better than a too perky voice.
The narrator has poor modulation making her sound almost chant like or monotone. Her inflections made it clear that she either hadn't read the book or didn't understand what she was meant to express. Her reading voice sounds forced and the high pitched nasal character voices were childish. Sorry, for the negative review, but you should know.
The book read like someone's first novel, but I think a better narrator/story marriage would have helped this be a five star story. It's hard to separate the two in this story. If my eyesight had permitted, I would have enjoyed this much more if I had read the book instead of listening to it.
A completely different reader.
If you have no idea who the Companions are in Mercedes Lackey's books, then you may enjoy this book. Though, by about halfway through it was different enough that I became interested, though I couldn't listen to another one unless someone else was the reader. I've learned my lesson and will always preview the audio not just read the descriptions.