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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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!
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.
The story is good, the world detailed. The narration grates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Nothing...I could barely get past how horrible the narrator was.
Fantasy is NOT her genre. Maybe a different genre.
Terrible, terrible disappointment.
I hope they redo these last 3 books with a new narrator.
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.
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.
Please audible, consider taping the last 3 books over again with a new narrator. Emily Durante destroyed the Fey male voices.
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