I must retract what I have said about this narrator. The more of this story she reads, the better she gets at it. Eileen Stevens has earned my respect as a narrator and story teller. She got used to the writing style and the story .. characters, etc.. She has done a wonderful job, and deserves praise for this series. I am glad they continued to use her for these books.. It's nice to have some consistency, but only when the narrator can adapt to the story, and Eileen Stevens has done a beautiful job of that. I will be listening to this story for a long time to come.
One of the things that makes these recordings great is what happens when matching the right talent to narrate the right story. What makes them awful is what happens when the wrong talent is used to do the same. This is an awful combination.. this narrator and this story are not even remotely compatible. How do you ruin a wonderful story, by a wonderful author? Have this man read it for you.
I didn't think it could be done, but here we are. Of all the people they could have had read stories by this author, WHY did it have to be this person? I have read Mercedes Lackey for most of my life and I'm a tried and true fan of her work. Having this man read has ruined the book. It is a truly terrible narration. Don't waist your time, your money, or your credits...
This is a good story. I read the books many years ago and I own them all. I am a great Mercedes Lackey fan. I have recently learned the best way to ruin a good story is to give it a terrible narration. He has an interesting voice, but as a narrator for this book, he ruined it. I could take no more than 20 minutes of grinding my teeth. This is a truly terrible version of this book. Disappointed doesn't cover it. Don't waist your money, or your credits..
I love these books, and the audio version of this one was the first I had heard or seen of this series. It will seem a little dull at first, but that impression is short lived. The characters are colorful, the story imaginative, and some of the one liners are a total "scream". There is depth and intricacy without becoming so complicated that it takes away from the story. It appears to me that the author has a deep love of both history and philosophy, and it shows in the unfolding of this tale.. The narrator was a good choice for this series, and I hope that they continue to use him as a change after 5 books would cause many of us little fans to be thrown off a bit.
With the understanding that doing a theatrical reading is no easy thing, especially when it is an extended reading with many character voices and accents.. This reading stinks. Dead fish and an incontinent elephant would stink less than this reading. And now I will explain why. First, there is a flow to a story. When you break up the story with inappropriate interruptions in a sentence, or paragraph, you break up the flow of the story. DICTION is another problem. When she is paying attention, her diction is fine. When she is not paying attention, her diction is a distraction because you have to spend time figuring out what was said while the story moves on. However, compared to her character voices, and what I am loathe to call "accents", her diction is a minor problem. This woman has a pleasant voice, and if she were to spend several hours a day for a few months, AFTER taking a course in phonetics and the construction of accents and tonal changes for the purposes of the creation of distinct and convincing character voices.. MAYBE she could manage a story like the one she has been asked to read here. Then again, maybe not. I doubt we will ever know. What I DO know is that her "French" accent sounds like a Chinese woman who has spent too much time in Europe, and you can only understand the lines she is speaking about half the time. Thankfully, though she ruins the story in many ways, you only have to listen to her totally BUTCHER a couple characters. At least in the first half of the book, though I must admit, I am still fighting to get through the first half as the reading is SO very bad.
This reading is VERY well done! I thoroughly enjoyed it! The flow of the story was darn near perfect, the characters are extremely well done and the candace is varied in the right way at the right time. Emotive power of the narrator is excellent!! Highly recommended!!
This is quite a god reading and I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys this series. The characters are well done and the flow of the story is upheld. I enjoyed it, and I would recommend this reading without reservation.
This man has a subtlety to his characters and narration that makes for a fantastic and well imagined story telling experience. It doesn't even sound like he is reading most of the time. Wonderful narrator!! I would definitely recommend this audio for your listening pleasure. I REALLY hope they use Sam Tsoutsouvas for future additions of this series! I would love to listen to him again!!!
Ok.. In all fairness the narrative improves with practice. The flow is better and the characterizations are better executed. I suppose the lady just needed a little practice with the style of writing. This book was done better than the last and convinced me to go ahead and purchase the last two books.. The narrative improves enough in the second half of the first book to give hope for the second and it improves enough through the second book to warrant giving the third the benefit of the doubt. The story is good enough that it is worth putting up with the few short comings of the reading that are left once the narrator has gotten the rythme of the reading down a little more smoothly. And let's face it guys, no one is perfect!
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