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Susan

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  • Echoes of Betrayal: Paladin's Legacy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (239)

    All is not well in the Eight Kingdoms. In Lyonya, King Kieri is about to celebrate marriage to his beloved, the half-elf Arian. But uncanny whispers from the spirits of his ancestors continue to warn of treachery and murder. A finger of suspicion has been pointed toward his grandmother, the queen of the Ladysforest elves, and that suspicion has only intensified with time and the Lady’s inexplicable behavior.

    Daniel says: "Awesome. You'll Love this"
    "Evolving Leaders in Magical World"
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    If you could sum up Echoes of Betrayal in three words, what would they be?

    As a fan of Elizabeth Moon years ago, both of us are older these days. Ms Moon at least also seems wiser about how "ordinary" folk rise to fill a variety of magical and practical challenges. In following this saga, I have reflected on the value of paying attention to others' strengths and weaknesses with humility and compassion, understanding what their motivations are, and accepting everyone's limitations.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I particularly enjoyed the Thieves Guild master who has to accept his demi-god patron Gerd choosing him for higher purposes. When he finally realizes what is going on, he becomes vulnerable in a touching, very human way.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next segment due out(in print) in June, 2013!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5979)
    Performance
    (2134)
    Story
    (2142)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "Feudal Japanese Fantasy w Modern Themes"
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    What made the experience of listening to Across the Nightingale Floor the most enjoyable?

    Wealth of seasonal, weather, wildlife, and nature details; alternating male and female narrators.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complex plot and interweaving of motives with cultural features was engaging. I have studied Japanese history and read original novels and memoirs. While this story is not historical fact, it evokes the feudal era albeit with modern themes -women's roles and power, violence vs non-violence, social justice and the well being of the lower classes. I am interested in these issues, so have enjoyed haring a somewhat fanciful treatment.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Shirakawa Kaede's self-defense when assaulted by the warlord.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I enjoy splitting up my listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I was looking for a long book - this is part of a 4 volume series, and I have stayed engaged throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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