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King of Sword and Sky: Tairen Soul, Book 3 | [C. L. Wilson]

King of Sword and Sky: Tairen Soul, Book 3

Rain, the proud and haunted Fey King, risked everything to follow his heart and his destiny to Ellysetta - his truemate, his love, the woodcarver's daughter who possessed miraculous gifts she did not understand. He defied the nobles of Celieria to claim her, battled demons and Elden mages to wed her. And now he must protect her - and his imperiled kingdom - with magic, steel, and scorching flame. For his soul-kin, the magical tairen, are dying, and only the Fey King's bride can save them...
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Rain, the proud and haunted Fey King, risked everything to follow his heart and his destiny to Ellysetta - his truemate, his love, the woodcarver's daughter who possessed miraculous gifts she did not understand. He defied the nobles of Celieria to claim her, battled demons and Elden mages to wed her. And now he must protect her - and his imperiled kingdom - with magic, steel, and scorching flame. For his soul-kin, the magical tairen, are dying, and only the Fey King's bride can save them... if Rain can help his beloved embrace the magic within her and forge the unbreakable bond of passion and power necessary to save her soul.

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©2008 C.L. Wilson (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    foxtail_too 02-12-12
    foxtail_too 02-12-12

    Kristi

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    "Wonderful tale with poor choice for narrator"

    This is the third book in the Tairen Soul series and the third different narrator. I thought that a new narrator (and a consistent one) for the last three books had to be an improvement over the first two narrators (numerous mispronunciations, poor timing, with no break between chapters or scene changes, etc.).

    Well, I was wrong. By what logic would anyone chose a narrator with a lisp to read an audiobook? Early in the reading, Ms Durante sounded like someone reading to children at storytime. As the book progressed, the reading improved somewhat, but young girl voice with the lisp is consistent throughout.

    Most audiobook readers, male or female, are able to use their voices to convey different characters/genders, but that is poorly done in this case. What should be strong male voices are still sing-songy and lispy. On the up side, there are few, if any, mistakes in pronunciation.

    It is a shame, because I love this series and had really looked forward to listening to the entire series on audiobook. I'm not sure I can keep going with this narrator, as she is so irritating to listen to that I'm distracted from the story.

    I can fully recommend the Tairen Soul series though. The books are delightful!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Liz 10-28-13
    Liz 10-28-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Book, HORRID Narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to King of Sword and Sky the most enjoyable?

    It was not enjoyable, listening was awful. So distracting in fact, I had to download the rest of the series on my Kindle to truly enjoy the experience of the story. I can only hope that audible re-records the last several books. Emily Durante may be a great narrator of other stories, but in this story of young warriors - she made them all sound like sick and decrepit warriors in their eighties, suffering from COPD and emphysema. I loved the story, absolutely disliked the voice Emily used for the men of the story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Again, it was difficult to get past the male voices. I highly recommend listening to the first two books in the series on audible, however, move on to kindle or hard copy books after the first two in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    Please audible, consider taping the last 3 books over again with a new narrator. Emily Durante destroyed the Fey male voices.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Stamford, CT, United States 04-22-13
    Amazon Customer Stamford, CT, United States 04-22-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I just could not stomach the narrator..."

    The narrator is so bad, that I don’t even know if the reason for this is boring story… I struggled for three hours and sadly, I am turning the audio book off. I did not decide yet if I am getting ebook. I might start listening some other books before I consider buying ebooks for Tairen Soul series. I wish Amy Cardy (a second narrator) continued, she is not the best for these series either, but Amy Cardy was tolerable for me. I did not care for the first narrator either. I found Emily Durante to be worse than Stephanie Riggio, though I see that a lot of people have a different opinion. Oh well… I was looking forward so much to these series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ER San Francisco, CA, United States 03-16-12
    ER San Francisco, CA, United States 03-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The Series Fabulous, This Narration - Not Good"
    What did you like best about King of Sword and Sky? What did you like least?

    The story is good, the world detailed. The narration grates.


    What didn’t you like about Emily Durante’s performance?

    Her Lisp. Rain sounds like an ancient doddering old man with a lisp. Vadim Maur is always hissing and lisping and his speech pattern is something between Yoda and an angry Chinese man. This is better than the first book done by Stephanie Riggio, but not by much.


    Was King of Sword and Sky worth the listening time?

    The book yes, but the lisp and the character voices she comes up with make it hard to hear the story through the lisping noise.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Pope 02-18-12
    C. Pope 02-18-12
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    "Just Don't Get It. . ."

    By far, this is one of the most well written and uniquely engaging series this genre has to offer, but reading it in print will be the only way to appreciate this story. It's not so much a matter of good vs. bad narration, as Durante has been doing this long enough to have the credentials needed. This choice for these particular books is wrong. Not erroneous or unfortunate, wrong. Yes, that means, "unable to finish as headache from multiple eye rolls becomes problematic" kind of wrong. We all have opinions on favorite narrators or connecting voices with how we interpret those characters. Not so in this case. It is just wrong, and that makes it just sad.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rachael West Jordan, UT, USA 11-01-13
    Rachael West Jordan, UT, USA 11-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "So Sad..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator butchered this book. I LOVED the narrators for the first two books. I had a hard time stomaching this book and opted to read, rather than listen to, the last two books. Why, when the two previous narrators were good, would they decide to keep Emily Durante???? Terrible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of King of Sword and Sky?

    Nothing...I could barely get past how horrible the narrator was.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Emily Durante’s performances?

    Fantasy is NOT her genre. Maybe a different genre.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Terrible, terrible disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope they redo these last 3 books with a new narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Reynella, Australia 05-04-12
    Karen Reynella, Australia 05-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A series worth listening to!"

    This is a nice continuation of the series as it moves from the human world to the fay. Lots of new mythology, especially regarding the Tairen, and an ending that leaves you waiting for the next installment. I don't dislike Emily Durante as narrator, but think this series deserves better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jess ELLSWORTH, ME, United States 12-23-11
    Jess ELLSWORTH, ME, United States 12-23-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Good Story But I Miss the Old Narrator"

    I didn't realize when I bought this that it was a different narrator, but I was so used to the one from Books 1 & 2, that the differences in pronunciations are jarring. I really hope they get the other narrator back to record book 4

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-03-14
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    "Who Chooses these narrators?!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of King of Sword and Sky to be better than the print version?

    Not with this narrator~


    What does Emily Durante bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She sounds like my grandma! OMG! the characters sound like senior citizens not young men and women in the prime of their life!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It makes me mad that the publishers do not look into their narrators before they decide to sign them up to read the book! It's not worth listening to! Get the books and might as well read them yourself!


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    LadyVamp 04-12-14
    LadyVamp 04-12-14

    I love to read. Always have & always will. Audible makes it possible when I can't sit and read. Audio brings great stories to life!!!!

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    "A TALE LIKE NO OTHER"
    Any additional comments?

    The Tairen Soul series continues with multiple twists & turns and surprises at every turn...... I just can't get enough of the amazing adventure I embark on every time I open one of these books. I feel like I am right there in the story with Rain, Ellysetta and the Fae. C.L. Wilson is a magnificent author who creates a magical world full of beauty, mystery and danger. I just can't get enough...... I am dying to see how everything turns out but at the same time I don't want it to end. I mean who wouldn't want to live in a world with drop dead gorgeous fae warriors who treasure, respect and protect their women. Men who are totally dedicated to their true mates and the most important thing is making her happy....... Too bad the only men I ever find like that only exist in books!!!! Lol!!!!!

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