I bought this book for my grandkids, but fortunately I listened to it first. Padovan is abysmal as a narrator. I do believe a 5th grader out of any random school would have done a better job. The narration was so grating it was hard to follow the story. Buy the book if you want to follow this story.
My eternal best friend is my husband. I act my shoes size, not my age. I have a love for cartoons of all Disney/Pixar/DreamWorks/CN types. I faithfully serve in the Kid's Ministry at church. Hopelessly addicted to audio books with happy endings.
No cussing or Romance. Just adventure.
This book neatly twisted the (16 year old) Girl-Unicorn story into something much more adventurous and complicated. If you like the military and structure then you will find this very entertaining. Female empowering without being fimi-natzi. Majherri (Ma-ha-re) is a grumpy/depressed, intelligent and powerful stallion, and Kayleigh (Kay-le) is tougher than anyone gives her credit for. Both have been deeply hurt emotionally. They end up at school together for most of the book. Kayleigh's optimism is similar to my own. Everything is what you make it! I love it when the main character doesn't loose her love of life and faith in people just because some are mean….even if "some" is a large number. The book starts out really interesting, and ends in a flash of 3 chapters. The middle is a bit cumbersome, but the end is exciting. I just wish I had waited until book 2 comes out…it might never (this one was published in 2010). The end is a cliffhanger.
Story was worth reading. Maybe not listened... I wanted to strangle the narrator. I generally read a review which is negative about a narrator and think "its ok if the narrator isn't fantastic or even great." Mediocre I can live with and enjoy the story anyways. I have NEVER in my whole 18 years of audio book history heard such a bad narrator. It was painful to hear her mispronounce things, and change voice inflections. She confused all character voices and attitudes except Kayleigh and Majherri . All the other voices were indistinguishable. At first I was sympathetic because of the numerous female characters, but then, they all sounded and behaved similarly enough that the story became convoluted…I lost track of who was talking often.
The person reading the book was so awful I finally had to stop reading it and by the book to finish the story.
The story was good and kept my interest.
All of her female voices other than the normal voice was read in a high (often squeaky) and stilted voice. It made the characters seem like uptight idiots.
Find someone else to read the book.
This could have been an interesting story line if the narrator had been better. I have listened to other young adult series (like the Temeraire Series by Naomi Novik and Dragon Series by EE Knight) and this one is not the best for young adult. Primarily because the narrator over exaggerates the dialogue and makes the characters sound like little girls or worse. Not the best choice for a strong girl image! Perhaps with another narrator this would have been better. The story line seems to be a good one.
Perhaps the writer ,NEVER the reader.
The story had some merit, but couldn't finish because her voices were like listening to sesame street puppets(only worse)!
I have never given a negative review before ,but this was really awful!
I'd read the second book in the spirals of destiny series. I definitely wouldn't listen to it if Christine Padovan were reading. I have absolutely no desire to listen to another book she reads. Ever.
Christine Padovan's performance was way too mechanical, extremely forced, and completely unconvincing. It was very amateur. Her awful performance kept wrenching me out of the action, and it's a credit to Jim Bernheimer's story--which was very good--that I suffered through her reading for the entire book.
Liked: creative construct
Disliked: reader's performance
Very poor voice adjustments for different characters (too high, whiny); no adjustment in tone for emotion or (intended) delivery speed during dialogue; stilted
Yes by the author. None by the narrator.
Don't know,. Couldn't finish the book.
I'm not a particularly picky listener, usually if the story is good I can "soldier on." Not so with this book.
It seemed that she wasn't familiar with the material prior to performing. Accents in wrong places, terrible supporting character voices, stilted narration.
Rip out my ear buds and bang my head against the wall.
Too bad, I think this is a pretty good YA story, no Mary Sue's. Will look for print version.
I can't tell if the story fell short because of the narrator, or the narrator fell short because of the story. Previously, I purchased one of this author's books and thought that I would try another one. I was sadly disappointed. The narrator is not effective at differentiating between characters (though, there are many so that could be a factor) so I was often confused as to whom was actually speaking. I actually enjoyed the sections where it was true narration, because I didn't need to guess what was going on.
The story may have been interesting, but it seemed slow at times and it took longer than I expected (near the end) to actually get to the true antagonist. That was a let down.
All in all I didn't hate the book, but I do not believe that I will be buying the next one in the series. I think the chosen narrator was the wrong one for this book and a stronger one could have changed a mediocre story into an interesting one.
The story was good but I had a hard time finishing it due to the terrible narration - at times her voice sounded much like "Mr. Bill" of Saturday Night Live. Much of the rest of the time it was robotic.
The story showed potential for a series finally toward the end when the main character realizes her possible abilities and focuses on a future with great adventures.
With another narrator I might have enjoyed this story.