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.
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