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!
For those of us who listen in order and know the proper pronunciations, listening was a bit painful. The story was very good, but the constant mispronunciations of names and places were off putting.
I will have trouble ever listening to this books again. I've un-recommended the series just because of this one reader.
Elizabeth Moon's imagination and story telling is as enjoyable as any Anne McCaffrey or David Weber stories
For an 8-book series, it would've been nice to have Jennifer Van Dyke read the entire series, even though there was decades between the start & finish.
Stammel's heroics brought tears to my eyes
When listening to any performance, there is a rhythm and flow to the story -whether book, opera, song, play. Every time Angela Dawe pronounced a town, country, character wrong it jarred the story. And she seemed to pronounce about 75% of the words wrong. Angela Dawe was very good in "Maybe This Time" by Jennifer Cruisie, but 3 years between books should've left her enough time to at least listen to ONE book if you're going to take on the 7th of 8 books, and she didn't. I kept thinking she was going to call one of the characters "Southy" since this performance had all the same "voices".
Listening to Angela tell this story was as difficult as listening to a 7 yr old take on the reading of Macbeth. Same level of pronunciation and story understanding. She almost ruined this book, it's only Elizabeth Moon's amazing storytelling skill that saved it at all.
I'm committed to finishing the series, but I almost switched to print due to the poor voice performance. The narrator is not the worst I have ever heard, but she is not far from it. Definitely preview before you buy.
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Elizabeth Moon is an amazing writer. Too bad they hired such a terrible reader for this novel. The first three in the series were well read but this one sounds like the reader is trying to force a frog out of her throat every time she speaks for a man. And her pronunciations? Blech!
Never if I could get another version of the rest of the series.
The story line and characters.
Continuity of the story line and characters. E. Moon always tells an enjoyable tale for me.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series, and have always liked E.Moon. This was the first audio book I have bought that was difficult for me to complete listening to the end. I had read a previous review that said "read the book", and I now know why. The story is great, but it was a very difficult listen. The voices kept changing, and not always the same voice with the same character. It got a little better toward the end. The pronunciation of some of the characters and places took me awhile to connect with the other 3 books.
she mispronounced almost every name and place compared to the previous books and a handful of regular English words it was a huge distraction from the story
I would recommend the book--not the audiobook. I wouldn't want any of my friends to think I thought the narration was even decent. I gave an audiobook to a friend one Christmas--good story, poor narrator. My friend's son heard part of the book and asked my friend why I hated her. NOT doing that again!
I love Elizabeth Moon's plots and characters.
I didn't like anything about her performance. It's hard to detail all the problems. She brings no life to the story; she whines; she mispronounces even common words. Has she never heard the word "sire?" I'm sure I missed parts of the story yelling at the narrator every time she said "seer" instead of "sire." I yelled over her many other mispronunciations as well, but "sire" obviously got to me. IF she had to be the reader, she could have at least listened to one of the other books to hear the correct pronunciations. Didn't anyone listen to this before releasing it? Was there not an editor? If I didn't love the series so much, I would not have progressed past the first 5 minutes. There are narrators I dearly love to hear, some which I like, several I tolerate and few I refuse to listen to. Ms. Dawes is now on the latter list.
Listen to the final book in the series. Glad to see that Susan Erickson is reading it. I checked.