The book is brilliant. In this alternate universe, seeing how the alternate course changes the most notorious people and their mark in history is just one of the intriguing, thought-provoking bits of whimsy and aspects of this superb book.
One of the most memorable moments of this book was when a protagonist's near death experience creates an understandable rubric of the link between magic and physics into logical and workable laws.
Bronson, (my new best friend) captures the slyness of the rich dialogue, allowing us to delight in each character's depth and subtleness. Bronson's performance is like ....
dark chocolate combined with a full-bodied cabernet. It transports you.
This book had us laughing and thoughtful in turns.
Oh, we need more. We crave more. This combination of book and performance was addictive on all levels. Physically, emotionally, and intellectually.
What’s wrong with a great book filled with heroes, visions of courage and the immortal fight between good and evil?
Now, imagine such a book written with knowledge of military strategy, feudal campaigns, logistics, the training of peasants and the young in general, and the impact of magic and leadership on troops and strategy. Intrigued?Even if that were not enough, imagine such realism combined with yet another coming of age story… but this one combines the growth of wisdom that comes with age with the growth of a solder from an 18 year old run-away to a veteran campaigner. We the reader feel like we’ve grown up with her – as her shadow.O.K. So far we’ve got: a great story line, a youth with enough raw talent that we all can (or want to) relate to, believable battles and a universe populated with a culture that ties together so well with the story line that you can feel you to are the common solder – right down to the dust on the road pebbling your skin, the taste of the sand in your mouth, the stone in your boot and the sun beating down on you as you stand in formation, shivering before your first battle. I admit it. I’ve read The Deeds of Paksenarrion many, many times. I’ve given it away to friends, I’ve read it aloud to my children, I’ve had the books swiped from me by each of my children as they’ve grown up and established their own families. (I’ve swiped the books back with malice and forethought, too – playing the continuous family game of who took my Elizabeth Moon/Neal Stephenson/Orson Scott Card/Martha Wells/Walter Jon Williams/Robin McKinley….etc)
But what about Jennifer Van Dyck, the Narrator?
She is soooo good, she makes my head swim. Please believe me, Paksenarrion is a close family member in our household. Jennifer treats Paksenarrion with joy, respect, vibrancy, and cunning interpretation. She never, ever, pulls you out of the story due to over acting, underacting or a false interpretation that doesn’t ring true. Lovely and satisfying.
Paksenarrion speaking with the Duke for the first time was a lovely scene.
The deeds of Paksenarrion gets listened to in the car, in my office, as I do dishes, as I get dressed and and any other time it is possible - because it is so hard to put away!
Well, we are biased. Who doesn't love/worship Orson Scott Card in the first place!
You take his spin on a "coming of age" story, mix it with Russian-style Jungean archtypes, history, cultural implications of another age and influences, delightful character depth, wit, prose, and tight writing and his material is almost certain to rank high on anyone's list of favorites.
Enchantment is a classic coming of age story which is Card's forte. His humor and wit and empathy with the human condition is reminiscent of C.S. Lewis - but portrays' much deeper character development - which is audience appropriate - since Card's material is adult oriented.
Stefan Rodnicki's performances always manage to capture Card's irony, character relationships and tensions - without over acting or pandering to stereotypical interpretations of the prose.
Of course you don't want to leave rush hour if you are listening to an Orson Scott Card's book and a Rudnicki performance!
We have insatiable appetites where Martha Wells and Card's books are concerned. More Please. (Right Now???)
The characters - real, earthy, detailed, ironic, a culture come alive
Everything has consequence. You could feel the impact on a culture with a different physiology.
This was a stunning performance by someone who truly understood the author's intent. He "got it."
The whole family inhaled the book.
Give us more!!!
Gripping story line, sardonic characters, laugh aloud funny in parts, believeable world and culture. Captivating, heart pounding.
Moon! Jade! Stone! Flower! Everyone!
This is the first of Kipiniak's performance but not the last
I think we forgt to say,
Yes, of course the story was suspenseful. Yes, you are kept on the edge of your seat. But, this is Robin McKinley! As always, Robin McKinley allows the character to evolve and create the story for us. So personal, so evocative. Such visualization as to be poetry for the inner eye. Her characters seem to tap into archtypes that reverberate in our own personal worlds.
You care about her characters. They become more real then flesh and blood. As you close the book you realize that the people that walk through these pages have become life long friends and you are invested in their dreams and future. Each character is so real that you want a whole book (or series of books) about each person.
You will read this and say,
Sunshine, with her coming of age story, evolution and journey to self-discovery was the favorite character.
Laurel wasn't over dramatic, and didn't trivialize the events in the story. She had a fairly good comedic timing.
It was very hard to leave the car which is my audio book playground.
Please, Robin, give us more Sunshine and tell us more of her story and the story of the others in her life.
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