this was a fun listen. it took me a while to get into it, the first few chapters the lead wasn't terribly attractive to me, but she grew on me and I enjoyed the story. I'll definitely say that Bujold's Vorkosigan saga is light years ahead of this, those I say if you haven't listened they are SUPER worth your time. this book was solid, but not in the same league as her other stuff.
The writer delivers, as always, an interesting plot. Suspence, romance, unexpected twists and most importantly a happy and just ending. It's great to read a book that really entertains but doesn't add psychological stress.
I enjoyed the story this book tells (I have a hardcover copy). The mixture of a recognizable history and historical place with magical elements is a fun setting for a coming-of-age/young romance story; however, I would recommend my friends read the book instead. Like other reviewers, I found the narrator's performance a real hindrance to my enjoyment of the audio version. While her characterization's were usually good, I often wondered if she actually had any idea the direction the sentences she was reading were going, since she was prone to odd pauses and emphases which were extremely annoying and made it hard to listen to.
Although the books are not really similar, I was reminded of George McDonald's The Princess and the Goblin since the male protagonists of both stories are miners and it is their contact with underground non-humans which is catalyst for their journeys.
I would need a long preview before committing a credit.
No - can't see this one as either a movie or TV series.
This story is told from the perspective of a young woman whose greatest wish is to be a proper apprentice to her metalsmith-magician father. Instead, the assassination of the local Duke by a very bad man leads to her father's death. Fiametta has to find her own way, with the help of friends, to defeat her town's enemies. I enjoyed immersing myself in this world - the heroine is bright and appealing, and the secondary characters are rich and interesting, with plausible motivations and reactions. I love Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan sagas, but I would happily visit her version of sixteenth century Italy again.
I adore Lois McMaster Bujold's books, but will have to find this one as a book because the narrator is SO horrid I couldn't listen past 2 hours.
I think I might enjoy the story, but didn't couldn't get past the narrator.
Scott Brick (always), Grover Gardner, Nock Podehl, ANYBODY but this person.
I can't answer this as I couldn't get into it.
Yeah, can I get my credit back for this? It was TRULY horrible.
While this is not Bujold's strongest writing effort, I am a big fan of her work and would still have enjoyed the story very much.
But the narrator is just awful. Screaming and whining and overacting, with emphasis on the wrong parts of sentences, giving the characters' thoughts and actions the wrong turn. Just terrible. Oh, and she mispronounces several words throughout as well, which is jarring.
I'm so very disappointed in the audiobook.
I've read the Spirit Ring by Lois McMaster Bujold. Bujold is one of my very favorite writers. This is a really good book.
The narrator, however, is simply appalling. Her performance is clueless and hammy. Truly an embarrassment to listen to. I have rarely heard such a terrible performance. I simply can't get past the first five minutes of the book without cringing and hitting the pause button. Why would they choose such a talentless actress to narrate this, or any other book?
Don't be fooled. Your love for Bujold books will be sorely tested by this story. This book was written in 1993, and has only recently been released by Audible. The reader is horrible! She constantly puts the emphasis on the wrong word in a sentence, which makes the story harder to understand. Even worse, is her habit of pausing in weird places: "....the light shining through....(pause)...the window. I tried to continue listening, because I've listened to and enjoyed every Bujold book on Audible, but I just had to quit. The topper was when my husband, who did finish the book, said the story was awful, too. Don't waste a credit.
I'm a big fan of Bujold and was excited to check out her early work but could not get past the terrible reader. I've listened to other books with this narrator and her performance was fine, although not outstanding, but with this one I couldn't get past the first chapter of oddly overblown voices and jarring pauses that seemed totally out of step with any actual punctuation or phrasing. All the characters seemed to be declaiming in comic book villain mode, and I found myself mentally repeating chunks of dialogue to myself in an attempt to get a sense of what Bujold had actually written.
So I'll be reading the rest of this one in print.
Not one of this writers better story lines. Simplistic in just about category and I would say should be classified as children's science fiction. And just to confirm this impression the reader thought she was reading to 8 year olds. if this was her intended audience she did well, if this was not the intention then the selection of this narator was an error.