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.
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.
Addicted to 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.