Hi there All, I am a 63 going on 64 year old woman, I have just gone blind so I am so glad to know about Audible. I love it.
If this was the only book of this series this hypothetical friend was going to read, I would maybe advise them to give it a go, but if like me they had listened to all the others, I would say, don't bother, you will be disappointed with it. Why, simply this, the narrator is awful!
My favorite character would be, everyone, from A to Z they are all needed in these books. From the least cook, to the biggest king, everyone makes the whole.
Miss Dawe does not seem a bit interested in the book she is reading, if she had perhaps listened to some of the other books in this series, she could at least know how to say some of the names used. And she just sounds so bored by the whole thing, she is depressing, had I bothered to see who the narrator was, I would have left this one alone.
I'm sure the story would have been very interesting, if I had not flinched every time Miss Dawe mispronounced a name or feature of this world. As it was I could only stand about thirty or fourty minutes before turning it off, but no it was not worth me listening to it, sorry!
I should have taken notice of who was going to read it, as I have been turned off twice before with Miss Dawe narrating, she does not have the tallent needed for this job.
As I am blind, these books form a great part of my life and enjoyment of it, and so I buy a great many of them. I was a huge fan of reading when I could see, and now listening is something that keeps my mind lively. So a bad Narrator is like someone dragging their fingernails down a chalk board to me.
not with the dawe narration
the continuing story of all of the characters and the underlying truth about how much difference one person can make in a world.
She did not bother to listen to any of the previous books in this series and destroyed pronunciation. I cringed and corrected in my head every use of the Kings name and the tague. It really took away so much enjoyment of this book.
When the gnomes were taken in by Arkenon after losing their home
Please, Please make certain that a narrator is familiar with previous books before allowing them to narrate part of a series. Elizabeth Moon is an amazing storyteller and it is a shame to let something like a narrator take away from that.
The story picks up right were it left off in book 3, and keeps you wanting to listen/read more.
The pronunciations of names/places differed so much from the previous 3 books that it became difficult to understand where/what she was talking about sometimes. There were also many moments when her voice for certain characters differed so much from that of the previous 3 books it became very easy to mix them up or focus more on that than the story.
It would be appreciated of possible to keep the same voice actor/actress for an entire serious for the above reasons given about Angela Dawe's performance.
I like to read just about everything. I especially like to get lost in large series, like Robert Jordon's Wheel of Time or Diana Gabaldon's Highlander series. If anyone has suggestions of this type I'd sure like to hear from you.
It was hard to put this series down. Bold characters and a very strong story.
Duke Vericai - A strong female heroine that has MANY obstacles to overcome and handles them beautifully. Plus she has magery.
Ms Dawe's performance was ok, she has a great voice and can bring pictures into my mind which is important. BUT..... She should have listened to the earlier books to get the name pronunciations the same this was difficult for me to switch back into my memory and deciding who she was speaking of.
This series had 3 different readers and that was a MISTAKE. I’m sure there is a reason for this that I don’t know about but Jennifer Van Dyke was my preference.
This is a very enjoyable performance, once you adapt to a new way of pronouncing names and locations by this narrator. I actually found her voice characterizations to be quite good. The author continues to develop the contributions of many characters and groups as they deal with the reappearance of magic and the growing threat from an ambitious outside conquerer.
This is obviously an installment in a large unfolding story, especially in the way it ends, so I anxiously await the next book. This is a very involving series, and I really like the way it mainly follows the story from the good peoples points of view.
The key players from the series returned and the author brought out more details of their history. Events are slowly building to what promises to be a great ending.
The narrator used distinctly different pronunciations for many key terms in the series.
The book started out slowly and it took me the first third of the book to get drawn back into the story.
I would recommend the book to friends, but I'd advise anyone I know NEVER to buy the audiobook version of the story. The reader was horrible! She emphasized every single word like a 5-year old telling about recess. And she mispronounced names so badly that I had to go back and listen - sometimes twice! - to understand what she meant.
I had gotten used to the reader for the last couple of books, and then the publishers changed readers again. Each successive reader became worse throughout the series. It is like they get you hooked on the story-line and then start cutting corners to make more money. I think they picked up the last reader in a Starbucks or something.
The funny thing was that she'd actually do the dialogue better than the narration. Her voice choices, however, were poorly considered. And, some of them were just nasty sounding. The reader tends to make all the women characters (and Moon writes STRONG female characters - sound like they are incessantly whining.
Bottom line: buy the book; NOT the audio version. Don't let this reader ruin the story for you as she did for me.
The question was: How could the performance have been better? My answer: They could have gotten my 8-year old grandson to read it.
Elizabeth Moon's stories are always engrossing, but the reader really sucked much of the joy out of the experience for me.
At this point, I will not purchase ANY other series from Audible without first ensuring consistent narration. The shift in voicing from book to book is impossible and unacceptable.
Any single narrator across ALL the books in the series
The story and characters continue to develop and engross, but this reader is monotonous and irritating. I really wish they'd stuck with Jennifer Van Dyck or Susan Ericksen. The only good thing I can say about Angela Dawe is her voices are good and distinct, but both the others are as well.
The book is a solid and consistent part of the two Paksennarion series. It continues a great saga set in an utterly believable world.
The monotonous tonal rhythms of the reader could have been varied, but I'm not sure she could maintain such a change of style. Her reading is a disappointing penance after the other two women.
Don't listen to this book unless you have read or listened to the previous in this series, and the Deed of Paksenarrion before that. If you pick this one up before reading the others in this series you will be entirely lost and probably bored!
I also recommend reading the Legacy Of Gird series, a prequel to the Deed, which is in turn a prequel of this series. If you read them all you will be immersed from start to finish of this book as well.
Legacy of Gird, then Deed, then this series - enjoy! :)
A different narrator would have made this better. I think probably any narrator, but maybe that's not true?
The only books that I know of that are similar to this one are the others in the series.
There may be genres in which she is competent, but this experience has left me so scarred and traumatized that I don't think I could listen to her again.
I was offended by this performance. I can't believe that any professionals thought that any of this was appropriate to offer to Elizabeth Moon's fans or potential fans.
I am going to request a refund. If it's not too late for you, don't buy this version. Hopefully, our combined outrage will inspire someone to re-record this. Spare yourself!