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  • Fledgling: Liaden Universe: Theo Waitley, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (161)

    Theo Waitley has lived all her young life on Delgado, a Safe World that is home to one of the galaxy's premier institutions of higher learning. Both Theo's mother, Kamele, and Kamele's onagrata Jen Sar Kiladi, are professors at the university, and they all live comfortably together, just like they have for all of Theo's life, in Jen Sar's house at the outskirts of town.Suddenly, though, Theo's life changes. Kamele leaves Jen Sar and moves herself and Theo back into faculty housing, which is not what Theo is used to.

    Sires says: "A Coming of Age Story in the Liaden Universe"
    "great narrator, but POV is sometimes unclear"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, it's a decent intro to a very good body of work. A bit slow to start, lots of things not adequately explained, but if you can bear with that, the series is terrific. I gave it to my wife after she has put up with me buying/talking about everything from L&M, but she really had trouble in the audio version w/ POV changes and cultural quirks that were not clearly explained. Next book is better, I think, but get this as the series is, overall, outstanding.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Theo rocks, although it takes her a while (as in "several books") to find her way.


    Have you listened to any of Eileen Stevens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, but great voice, very clear, easy to listen to, and generally very well read.


    Any additional comments?

    There are many changes in POV, and a few alien society features, that are not adequately identified for an intro book. A chapter heading will say a place and person, and then immediately (and w/o warning) be some other person/place. In print it is a bit clearer. This is the result of a manuscript that is not ideally structured for audio, I think, not of the (very good) reader or of the writing or story. For comparison check out the Solar Clipper series, which are good in print but perfect in audio form. And L&M don't over explain things (good generally), but in the audio form I think there is an extra barrier in trying to stay with the story with a lot of unfamiliar/unexplained concepts.Audio book text needs to be a bit simpler, I think, to be picked up as easily...especially if you're unfamiliar and/or driving! :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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