I love this book, but the lack of a simple pause when there is a scene change takes away from the story.
This is one of Mercedes Lackey's best series. I wish it had been given the attention it deserves.
Sometimes a weak narration ruins a book, other times it just makes it less... sparkly. This falls somewhere in between.
If you're a fan of the Valdemar stories by Mercedes Lackey then you might not mind listening to this while doing chores or whatever. Especially if you own the kindle version so you can buy the audio version for 3.99.
If you haven't read the series before this audio version might well turn you off. The narrator is not awful, but his character voices fluctuate quite a bit so that oftentimes it's not clear which character is speaking. I particularly disliked the Companions' voices, which came off as insipid. Overall, I felt like the narrator didn't even like the book and was just trying to get through it.
I love this story. It's one of my favorites in this series. Mercedes Lackey is a great author.
The reader or the producer needs help. We can see the extended break in the written word to know time change just happened. He gave no pause. Just continued. Accents are a personal expectation. Pronunciation - his or the authors? I think... Him. Didn't like it
This book is almost a four. The only thing holding me back is the annoying narrator (I listened to it on Audible.com), really. I think reading the book is probably even more satisfying than the audiobook.
The development of the protagonist from unhappy boy to powerful mage is fraught with conflict and missteps, like any person at this age, no doubt, but so much more complex due to the family and societal values and norms forced upon him. It's fantasy but it's also a metaphor for life today for any young person who doesn't fit in with mainstream life. The underlying homosexual themes are important to the story but do not overwhelm it.
Unfortunately, the next two books in this series have the same narrator, so I will forego the audiobook option on those.
While it was well told it lacked the action of some of her other books. It felt like most of the book was a set up. I was bored by the end and no longer liked the main character despite the fact that he was more likeable at the end than the beginning. The main character's sexual orientation overwhelmed the story.
Overall the book was done well, read well but reading is my escape from the world. Even though it was done well, I will not be buying the next book.
This wonderful story is marred by the narration. With weird phrasing, mispronounced words, misspoken words (fair instead of far, etc.) and no difference between the various characters, the narrator makes it hard at times to follow who's saying what or when the scenes change. If you're familiar with the story this is a good addition to the ways you can enjoy it, but if you're not familiar with the story the oddness of the narration will make it hard to follow.
The story itself is as moving and exciting as I remember from the multiple times I've read the book and when I'm doing something like knitting or driving it's nice to get to listen to the story, even if I am mentally correcting the narrator every so often.