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  • Limits of Power: Paladin's Legacy, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe

    The unthinkable has occurred in the kingdom of Lyonya. The queen of the Elves - known as the Lady - is dead, murdered by former elves twisted by dark powers. Now the Lady’s half-elven grandson must heal the mistrust between elf and human before their enemies strike again. Yet as he struggles to make ready for an attack, an even greater threat looms across the Eight Kingdoms.Throughout the north, magic is reappearing after centuries of absence, emerging without warning in family after family - rich and poor alike.

    Anita says: "Great Tale badly read to gaspy death"
    "Narrator kills story!"
    If you could sum up Limits of Power in three words, what would they be?

    Narration-ruined tale

    What did you like best about this story?

    I love this series, and the story reminded us of the intricate past while holding out complex possibilities for the future. Limits of Power gave us (for me) truly unexpected developments in the lives of some major characters, as well as revelations of their past. The reappearance of Paks was a highlight as well as the hope of a starring role for her in the next installment. However, frankly it was difficult to follow it and I missed important parts I'm sure because I kept being distracted by the narrator's voice and pronunciations, to the point where I didn't go back to passages that needed deeper attention. For the first time in reading a favorite and much anticipated story I actually bought another book in the middle of it, and had to come back to it later. That was after re-reading Echoes of Betrayal so that I could be clearer on what I was hearing (or not) in Limits of Power. I will definitely not be listening to this story again, as much as I may need to. Will buy the written version instead perhaps.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Angela Dawe?

    Any of the previous narrators in the series, or my two favorite newly discovered narrators, Robert Glennister and Sophie Ward. Angela Dawe seemed to do fine with children's voices or young women but not with the adult male human characters,the elves or gnomes, and her cadence was cringe-worthy.In my opinion the reviewer Anita got it exactly right.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sorry to beat a dead horse but truly the narration made me cry. I won't tell the things that made me laugh in the story as that would truly be spoiler alert!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Welcome back Jim Dale!"

    I thought this was a highly original and compelling story. Fantastical, imaginative, beautiful images and conceptions, especially of the various parts of the circus.Thorough descriptions and well fleshed out depictions of the many characters as well. The narration was superb and held my attention from beginning to end, even during the parts that were somewhat graphic and difficult to hear.Quite a debut.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pirate King: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin

    As Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes embark on their 11th adventure together, they find themselves immersed in the world of silent filmmaking. Here, the pirates are real—and unlike the shooting done with a camera, this sort can be deadly.

    Chris says: "Not my favorite Mary Russell"
    "A letdown"

    I've totally enjoyed the entire series and of course was eagerly awaiting the latest entry. In my opinion this story was far inferior to the others - I have no problem with reading about the film industry but it was a shallow and thin plot, at times silly without being amusing, and definitely not enough Holmes. Maybe it's just an earnest attempt at feminism but often Mary's comments about Holmes make it difficult to understand why she bothers. I find it offputting and sometimes downright unpleasant and distracting. As always Jenny Sterlin does a competent job in her narration. I won't give up on the series yet but this one was slim pickings indeed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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