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  • A Meeting at Corvallis: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (360)
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    (359)

    In the 10th year of the Change, the survivors in western Oregon have learned how to live in a world without technology. They have held the Lord Protector, Norman Arminger - the warlord of Portland - at bay. The tensions between these factions have been building for some time, and the only reason they haven't confronted one another on the battlefield is because Arminger's daughter has fallen into Clan Mackenzie's hands. But Lady Sandra has a plan to retrieve her, one that may spark open warfare.

    J. M. Cousins says: "Series Finding It's Stride"
    "excellent series continues, but..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Meeting at Corvallis to be better than the print version?

    I can't compare the print and audio versions, except in one area: Print isn't plagued by mispronunciations. The narrator has a good voice, great phrasing and pacing skills, and wonderful character differentiatuon. But, and this is a big problem for me, he consistently mispronounces words. Common words such aa "ballista" and "bared'' get maimed. I don't know enough Erse to know if that's right, but based on what he does to Celtic, Cernnunos and Cuchailin I'm betting it's not. I can't say that the book is destroyed because of this, but it definitely jars the listener badly. I'm seriously thinking of switching to print for the rest of the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the character development, and that we get to see inside the PPA world a bit.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Learn to pronounce correctly! There's no excuse for these jarring and painful errors in professional work. Why has the editor allowed this through four books?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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