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Caityrosey

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  • Magic's Pawn: The Last Herald Mage, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Gregory St. John
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (279)

    In Magic's Pawn, an ancient age in the history of Valdemar comes to life - an age when the kingdom was ravaged by the ungoverned fury of bandit warlords, ferocious ice dragons, and the wild magic of wizards. A new addition to Lackey's Valdemar kingdom - and her most powerful series to date!

    Amazon Customer says: "Finally Getting To the Classics!"
    "This narrator is atrocious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Magic's Pawn? What did you like least?

    I'm a sucker for Romantic Fantasy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The teacher, Savil.


    What didn’t you like about Gregory St. John’s performance?

    The main character starts out as a whiny teenager. A good narrator could take that voice and inject a little humor and irony to make him relate-able. This narrator eschews subtlety and passes up opportunities for pathos and goes right for "whiny drama queen." The whole time. This makes the main character (who's supposed to be the hero) someone you can barely stand to listen to, let alone empathize with.

    Others have commented on the bad/odd pronunciations of names. What floors me is that a professional narrator can mispronounce regular old English words. Repeatedly.

    This story deserves so much better. I've never been moved to write a review of a performance before, but I was today. I just can't take it any more. I don't know how much of it is bad production and how much of it is bad reading.


    Was Magic's Pawn worth the listening time?

    I like the story. And I spent the money. So I listened.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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