The novel is a favourite, but this talking book is really exceptional. The narrater is the master of voices and accents. Tyrion as a Welshman is masterful, and after listening enthralled through this I found one tiny flaw: Occasionally Roy forgets to step out of a characterisation when reading the narrative. Other than that I would call his performance flawless, and entirely in keeping with the quality of the storytelling.
The most memorable moment was when Tyrion first spoke. I'd always pegged him as being frightfully plummy, like Roy's version of Littlefinger, but the accent and voice used were a delightful surprise, and now work for me. I'm rereading the text of another book in the series, and now am very happy to hear Tyrion as Welsh in my head.
His eclectic and diverse range of both voice and accent stands out. He's got a vast array of distinct characters nailed down in a masterful way. He's very impressive.
Even if you haven't read the Ice & Fire series (shame on you) I recommend this audio book. It's like watching a movie, with a cast of hundreds, with your eyes closed.
Emma ranks high. Stevenson's performance is masterly, and really, I can't think why I was so surprised, given that she is a favourite actor.
Miss Bates. I can't help but think that Stevenson drew on Sophie Thompson's wonderful Miss Bates from the 1996 film Adaptation of the book for her own rendering. Miss Bates is a mad, lovely, and favourite of the characters of Emma, and I've loved Thompson's Bates since I first saw the film. She's like a kitten with wings, fluttering around in a squeaky and endearing way, and clumsily bumping into walls. Stevenson could readily be confused for Thompson.
The personalities are bang on. From the first time each character appears you KNOW what they are, because of Stevenson's acting. She really is brilliant. All her voices are fantastic and so distinct, and very few actually sound like Stevenson herself.
Emma's realisation of herself toward the end really cuts to the quick.
I'm not a fan of Emma. I prefer Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice by far, but because of Juliet Stevenson I foresee much re-listening to Emma in future. Highly recommended!
The audio book is not better than the print book, but you all know why I buy audio books, because you do too. It is lovely to be 'read to', and Jennifer is a very good reader.
Paks and Stammel are equally endearing to me, but this is very much Paks's story. Stammel is her mentor and 'big brother', and both are great. Paks is a bit of an idiot in this book, and a bit prissy, but she is a heroine and grows up incredibly fast.
She reads the temperament and mood of the characters. While Moon is a great writer of atmosphere and mood, Jennifer lights it all up and brings it to the top.
I don't want to spoil anything, but Paks's big drama at the Duke's stronghold was a little heartwrenching. Very little in these books makes one laugh, but there are plenty of warm fuzzy moments too :)
Read this after The Legacy of Gird for maximum understanding of the main religion of the stories.
I've read and reread all of these books a number of times, and just keep coming back. I highly recommend them to anyone who likes strong female characters, fantasy, and warm fuzzies. It's idealistic and uplifting, but it has its darkness as well, which keeps it from being silly....well, too silly.
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! :)
Above average in terms of performance. Fantastic in terms of story, and below average in terms of audio quality.
Along the lines of Moving Pictures, also by Pratchett.
You Bastard, the Discworld's foremost mathematician.
Laugh and cringe. Funny book, and absorbing, but the audio quality, like most of the early recordings of Pratchett's books, sounds as thought it was transferred from audio tape.
One of Planer's better recitals, but needs an audio clean-up. Worth getting though!
Brilliant, badly recorded.
To avoid spoilers I'll be obscure: My standout moment is when Granny talks to the apple tree. Close second is her composure of a letter to UU.
Her voices, timing, and humour are outstanding. She's a favourite actor, and now a favourite narrator.
Laugh and cringe. I've noticed that all the earlier TP books sound as though they have been transferred from audio tape. The quality is a bit crap.
A wonderful book read by a wonderful actor, to great effect. I wish Audible would run it through a few filters to try and clean it up so it's more enjoyable through headphones.
Masterful. Fun. Compelling
Miles Calverley is a stand-out. He's the epitome of the black sheep, and incredibly sympathetic. Every scene he's in is a highlight, which is saying something, given the lovely story he features in.
Her dramatisation. She doesn't really do voices to any great degree, but she nails the intonation, mood, and timing, and suits the period so well, as anyone who has seen her as Lady Catherine De Berg in the BBC miniseries adaptation of Pride and Prejudice will agree with. She delineates voices enough to make dialogue easy to follow, and she brings the book to life beautifully. When I read the book a while after listening to this I found myself hearing the words as Barbara reads them, and was pleased.
Moved? Hmm, spoilers. I'll leave this alone.
A great book, read by a great actress, fitting to the subject matter and vibe. Worth getting.
No, if a British reader of similar talent to Mr Griffin had been cast it would have been awesome, but his British accents are pretty lousy.
Every exposition of the breakdown by Holmes.
I loved the dramatic characterisation of the narrator, sadly let down quite severely by his shocking accents.
Holmes. Why? He's HOLMES.
If you're American or Canadian*, or English is your second language it is likely that this will rock for you. The dramatic performance is wonderful. Griffin is great in that sense. If you're Australian , Kiwi, or South African it will probably be a bit irritating that a British actor wasn't cast to read Sherlock Holmes. Such iconic Victorian literature should be authentic, not hammy.* In my experience North Americans don't pick up on the flaws in bad false UK accents in the way other English-speaking people do. That would have to be a blessing in this case :)
It's up there with the best. I'm not sure whether or not I would have enjoyed it as much if I had not had it so masterfully read to me.
The characters are very sympathetic, and the action is non-stop. The re-writing of history around the advent of magic makes perfect sense, and the fiction feels authentic in the context. Correia has a light hand, ensuring the story has all the appeal of classic pulp fiction, but a natural feel for our not-so-distant past, rendering a new reality with all the assurance of an impressionist.
His British accent was a little over the top, but my ear is not fine enough to have picked up any issues with the rest, and both Sullivan and Fay were impeccably drawn, with distinct voices, and warmly reassuring accents. Pinchot brings each character to life, and makes one fall in love with them in the most natural way.
History rewritten by magic
I recommend this to any Pratchett fan, any 20th century history buff with fantastic leanings, and anyone who just wants an action-packed romp. Escapist fiction at its best!
This is another awesome book, but again it is seriously enhanced by the efforts of Roy Dotrice, with his brilliant characterisations and accents.
Arya Stark shines as a favourite character for her courage and humour.
Tyrion Lannister, however, is my favourite in these talking books, thanks to Roy's lovely Welshification of him.
If you liked the books the talking books, with Dotrice in voice, will be even better. If you've never read the books then why not?
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