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.
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.
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.
The audio version of this story might have been salvageable if someone like Kathrine Kellgren had read it. I love how Kellgren reads characters and you can tell right away who is talking. Padovan basically did two voices for this reading, one was tolerable and the other was high pitched, squeaky and annoying. If she'd just read it all in her regular voice it would have at least been less painful.
Since I like to listen to audio books while drawing or working on something else, I at least don't feel like I wasted time. It ended up just being background noise for the most part though.
The lead character isn't the typical "Mary Sue" at least. She gets to have special powers and be better at everything than she should be, but a lot of people don't like her because of it. The reason I'd still call her a Mary Sue is that most of the characters that don't like her are portrayed as massive jerks. Basically, anyone she gets along with is good, anyone who doesn't like her is bad.
The world of the story sounds really interesting. But we don't get to find out very much about it because the main character spends too much time whining about wanting to fit in and what a poor little special snowflake she is. At the beginning of the story, I thought I might like her. By the end, if I'd been a unicorn, I'd have bucked her into oblivion.