I have not read the print version.
Her pronounciation of various place names and characters' names is inconsistent with the audio versions of the first 6 books. I went straight from Limits of Power to this book and it was a jolt to hear familiar names "mispronounced". Obviously the narrator had no familiarity with the first books.
No extreme reaction. I thought it was, like all of the Paksenarrian/Paladin books, very well written.
Almost anyone else. Changing the pronunciations of many major characters and the heavy, breathy voice made it difficult to tolerate
The death T the end
Dawe's pronunciations of names and words in this book differ from the prior books, which is annoying. It's more her break from cannon, than anything else that left me displeased with the narration.
I couldn't make it past chapter 2 as the narrator performance was extremely poor and tone of voice nerve racking. I couldn't even relate the characters with the voice. The author once again, spun a wonderful tale.
Here in Paksenarrion's world many story lines continue their development. All worthwhile. All engrossing. As usual, Elizabeth Moon thrills and rewards her readers with excellence and humanity (even for Elvenkind, Kapristi, and Dragon.)
Despite the quality of the writing this was a difficult "listen". The reader's voice is grating and whiney, the characterizations unconvincing, and the cadence identical, over and over and over and over, the exact same rhythm. Dying, loving, learning, speaking, doesn't make any difference. I could only listen in short increments before the sameness of the raspy voice and the bizarre pronunciations would exceed my tolerance. Please do not use this reader for any more of Moon's wonderful work.
Kieri's sojourn in the glade. Arvid's acceptance of his inner "voice." Stammel's protection of the villagers.
We hear that the 5th volume will complete the tale (at least for now). I can hardly wait. Surely with a different reader.
Thank you, Ms. Moon, for writing for us!
The previous books were far better read by Jennifer Van Dyke and Susan Erickson despite some inconsistencies in pronunciation of names and places. Don't even get me started on the ongoing snafu with the different accents for every 'foreign' character that switch around from french to eastern european to spanish to irish and back again depending on the reader. I know the narrators are performance artists with different styles and accent specialties, but some attempt at consistency from actually listening to the previous books might be of help.
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.