Reader is painfully slow. Even adjusting the speed to fast is barely adequate. For those of us who love this series and have waited a long time for it to come out in audiobook I recommend sticking to the written word. It sounds as if the reader has no connection or joy in the series or the story.
I don't think I will invest my credits in the rest of the trilogy.
This story had so much potential for creating a world rich with imagination and wonder, seductive in the allure of its characters, and a feast for the mind. What a disappointment! To compare this to works of Tolkien, Jordan, Huff, or Sanderson is just plain insulting to them.
Was this book written by a man in arrested adolescent development? A Game of Thrones pits children against dark, power hungry, mean spirited, and misogynistic characters. Any nobility found in their adults is equated with stupidity, intelligence with deformity, and characters with integrity die. The twists and distortions of chauvinism run rampant as children are sold into marriage, women are raped, and incest wins the day. Where are the redeeming elements that would have us root for a character? The one adult male who shows any integrity is incapable of being smart enough to save either himself or his family.
The world Mr. Martin has created has little appeal to cause me revisit it in subsequent books of the series. Most of this first book is spent in the development of its many characters. Most of the "voices" are children and lacking in dimension by that very virtue. (How convenient for the author.) Yes, they have appeal. But this is not a children's book. There needs to be something in plot development or character development to cause me to care what happens. Too much dark and ugly human behavior and not enough Light.
If you enjoy violence- are titillated by rape and incest- intrigued by mean spirited, power hungry, back stabbing people- then this book contains all of that and more. Perhaps other books in this series develops something of goodness, truth and beauty in the characters to redeem the lack of dimension found in this one.
I???m at a lost to understand the popularity and rave reviews of this series.
I'm a huge fan of Suzanne Brockmann. I love her characters and enjoy following their lives from book to book. Each story stands alone but is enriched by reading the other stories.
I think Renee Laudmann has an irritating little-girl voice which spoils the story. I doubt I'll buy another audio book if she is the reader. I think I'd rather read it myself.
The story itself gets a five rating. The reader a zero.
This was beautifully written. Narrator was excellent. The story compellingly poignant. It left me wanting to read more by this author.
I was sorry to see one of my favorite authors put her name on this book. It started out as a conglomeration of several previous books with very little originality. It ends as a lengthy and tedious account of sickness and dying. Very little was either original or interesting. I forced myself to finish the story in hopes there would be something redeeming. The narrator was good but it wasn't worth the effort or time.
Mercedes Lackey is a favorite author of mine but don't bother with this book until the series is complete. Book one is one long prelude. It's very unsatisfactory to have a book end without any significant story line complete.
"Arrows of the Queen" is the first of a three book series introducing us to the world of Valdemar. Each book continues the story but can stand quite nicely on its own. We are left wanting to know more about this fascinating world, but satisfied with the completion of each story.
Mercedes Lackey is an excellent story teller who has a fine grasp on human strengths and weaknesses. Her characters come to life with a skill and dimension that leaves you laughing and crying, celebrating their growth and triumph, and wondering what comes next.
I thought the reader did an excellent job. I would recommend her as well. I hope Audible provides the remaining two books of this series as well as other books of the Valdemar series.
Story may be okay for an abridgment but the quality of the recording is not up to standard. Very muffled. I am a huge fan of Anne McCaffrey but had I realized the quality was so poor I wouldn't have spent the money.
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