A talking pearl earring. A gleaming white unicorn. A flower from an ogre.
Sandy Blunt, a witch, has big dreams but C-average magic skills. Her only noteworthy talent is for paying extravagant compliments to women. Trouble is, when she uses that gift, she unwittingly foretells the future for a pretty princess. And, the punishment for prophesying about one of royal blood is death...
With the help of ill-assorted companions - including a self-proclaimed princess in disguise, a self-absorbed member of the royal guard, and the not-so-average girl next door - Sandy has a year and a day to travel to far-flung places, collecting the weird and magical items needed to turn her prophecies into promises and evade the executioner. Along the way, she encounters such dangerous creatures as a dragon who writes awful poetry, slovenly elves, and boarding house landladies.
©2011 LJ Baker (P)2013 LJ Baker
Sitting back, relaxing and just falling into the story.
The cover art suggested a very funny book and the listening delivered.
What a fantastic voice! I think her interpretation as well as her vocal range added immensely to the overall satisfaction with the book.
Definitely the Ogre!
A real treat! If you want a very pleasant experience, choose this book for the story and its narrator!
Did not read the print version. I bought the audio because it came highly recommended.
Yes, She has a wonderful imagination, and her dscriptions are both funny and erotic.
Ms. Hendrix does an amazing reading. I can't imagine how anyone can so clearly define each character and provide such a flawless narration. She has given me a much greater afffection for audio books.
I would call it something like "A World of Promises" to avoid confusion with the Broadway show.
Overall a fun read. I have never cared much for audio books, but this was highly recommended for its content and its narrator. As the title promises, promises,itwas a romp.
I haven't read the print version but I would probably find that the audio edition is more entertaining if I had.
The lighthearted way it makes fun of itself and the genre.
Every character has it's own voice and characteristics. Her voice fits the book.
I wish LJ Baker would write more books like this one. I have listened to it twice and enjoyed the book both times.
The premise was fun, the characters were amusing. The story veered at times into overly clever inversions of typical pulp fantasy tropes, often belaboring the point until it wasn't funny anymore.
The narrator brought life to the characters, but occasionally her pacing was strange, frequently blowing through what were probably sub-chapter boundaries (abrupt scene changes or spans of elapsed time) without a pause to allow the listener to make the mental recognition of the transition.
Overall, though, I enjoyed the book and would read more by this author.
Architect, 3D Designer, Krav maga instuctor and fan of science fiction and fantasy.
The characters are at a children's book level of detail and the plot is trying to be a parody of the children's fantasy genre but not as complex.
The main character is enamoured with everyone she meets and could not be more annoying.
It is not often that I read a book hoping the main character will be killed.
Say something about yourself!
Yes. Even though I'm not a van of the performance, I thought that the story was very good with some pretty funny moments.
The comic timing was pretty good. I got a good laugh out of every chapter.
Better voice variation.
Drusilla. She was the most entertaining.
The narration was excellent and actually made the audio version even funnier than the print version.
Boy can she do droll. Will look out for other books narrated by her. Excellent.
"Silly but fun"
Very funny and well written, I really enjoyed it! Interspersed with myths and fairy tails and a large douse of feminism it kept me thoroughly entertained.
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