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  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (1238)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (919)

    Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

    Christopher says: "Intriguing start"
    "Swordplay, Magic, and Meandering Self Discovery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I typically enjoy a book with a strong female protagonist, and it would seem I hit the mark on this one, or rather, Elizabeth Moon did.

    I won't bore you with a run down on what this book is about, as I'm sure you are able to read the other reviews, or simply read the publisher's account.

    Instead, I'll simply tell you I liked this book. In fact, I really liked it. A lot of the typical ellements are there: swords, knights, the occasional monsters, and magic.

    Jennifer Van Dyck is not my favorite narrator. she has a weird tendency to pause at strange time, putting emphasis on a sentence that can sometimes make it easy to take things out of the actual context Ms. Moon had intended. After a few hours I had grown accustomed to this, and the listening got better.

    Paksenarion (Paks) is something of a strange girl who turns into an amazing woman, learning about herself as she makes her way through life. I give credit to Moon for simply letting Paks learn and accept. She doesn't spend a lot of time whining about hardships. She doesn't complain that things aren't fair. She recognizes change, and moves with it, and discovers a lot about herself along the way. Its a somewhat refreshing way to discover a person.

    I was a little concerned at first, as it seemed to be fairly directionless for a while. This was conflicting with the fact that although I could discern no identifiable plot I was thoroughly enjoying the tale as it went on.

    Later, the story became more pointed, and it seemed clear there was a direction, which helped hold my attention as I found it waning at parts.

    But the story held me through, and I even listened to the other books in the series, also read by Ms. Van Dyck (which I guess means while she isn't my favorite narrator, she isn't so bad I couldn't listen anymore).

    I would certainly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy story, and doesn't need to pick it apart. Just enjoy for what it is.

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  • Queen of Sorcery: The Belgariad, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (1329)
    Performance
    (740)
    Story
    (761)

    Legends tell of the evil god Torak coveting the power of the Orb of Aldur. Prophecy also speaks of a time when he will again awaken to seek dominance over all the world. Now the Orb has been stolen by a priest of Torak, and that time is at hand. Belgarath the Sorcerer and his daughter, Polgara the arch-Sorceress, are on the trail of the Orb, seeking to regain it before the final disaster. With them goes Garion, a simple farm boy only months before, but now the focus of the struggle.

    Gamaliel says: "Great story, bad narrator"
    "First audible book, now I'm hooked."
    Overall

    This was my first foray into the world of Audible books. I found the narrator to be decent (although he gets a little carried away with his accents at times, which makes it a little hard to understand). The books are ones I enjoy, and this was a very easy listen.

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