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  • Arrows of the Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Carole Edie Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (270)

    Talia has always known that she isn't suited for the life her elders have chosen for her. As part of a small, conservative community, she's never been allowed beyond the boundaries of her father's lands. Her only window to the outside world has been the few books she's been allowed to read, but this only fuels her desire to know more.

    Amazon Customer says: "Highly Recommend"
    "Speed reading isn't for audiobooks"
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    I am a longtime audiobook listener, and a huge fan of Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar books, so I was excited to find this edition on Audible. However, the narrator was not a good fit for the book.

    I've listened to quite a few good and bad narrators over the years, and so I'm a bit more forgiving than most, but I just cannot like this narrator. Her diction was fine, and she was passable at presenting different voices for different characters, and her accents were quite good. But she read the book as if she wanted to get it over as quickly as possible, making her sound continually angry or curt, which overshadowed the story very badly. One should not be thinking about the narrator when listening to an audiobook; the mark of an excellent storyteller is that you forget they are there and are drawn into the story. Her narration gets in the way of the story...I was forever wondering if perhaps she was having a bad day at work.

    If that sort of thing doesn't bother you, then go ahead and buy this book. I, myself will be avoiding any books read by this narrator in the future.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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