Misty is perfectly pleased to be sent home to her beloved Landover. She wants nothing more than to continue her studies with the wizard Questor Thews and Abernathy, the court scribe. But Ben Holiday is furious that his daughter has been kicked out of school. To show her the importance of dedication to a task, he sends her to Libiris, the kingdom's long-abandoned royal library. Misty runs away rather than take on the assignment, but eventually ends up at Libiris nonetheless, there to uncover a magical plot that could spell the end of all Landover.
©2009 Terry Brooks; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.
A Princess of Landover is the sixth volume in one of my favorite fantasy serieses after Lord of the Rings and The Belgariad. For years my only exposure to these novels came via the Library of COngress and their Talking Book program. Unfortunately the narrator of those versions wasn't the greatest as far as I was concerned. He gave characters different voices but not much in the way of expression.
Then about eight years ago I discovered the commercially available audiobook versions, produced by Brilliance Audio and narrated by Dick Hill. These versions were far better, not merely because Dick Hill's voices were more varied (although I will agree that he makes Abernathy sound rather like the Geico Gecko), he also brings emotion to the presentation. When characters cried I thought he actually was crying about something on several occasions. Others may not agree but I generally have liked everything I've heard from Mr. Hill.
But unfortunately I'm not fond of abridged books, even if I'm rereading a book I've already read before. So I was a little disappointed when I purchased the then five novels in the Magic Kingdom of Landover series and found them to be abridged. Fortunately most of what was cut from the programs was unimportant.
Now, however, they're all available from the same company and done by the same narrator, but in unabridged form. The sixth novel takes up five years after the end of Witch's Brew. Mistaya, the daughter of Ben Holiday and Willow, king and queen of Landover, has just been expelled from a women's college preparatory school on Earth and returns to Landover. As punishment, Ben charges her to reconstruct Libris, the long-abandoned royal library. Though initially reluctant, Mistaya quickly befriends a mysterious young man named Tom and discovers a sinister plot in the works that could spell the end of Landover.
The narrator reads the book in a voice that does not resemble true expressiveness but which is instead similar to the voice some people mistakingly & condenscendingly affect while reading to small children. He also pauses at strange places within sentences (places where there is no comma, colon or semicolon). I wouldn't say it ruined the book but it was irritating.
Love epic sci fi and fantasy, but hate looking of really good books. So many duds out there. I am gamer too.
After listening to the rest of the Landover books by a different narrator, this narrator nearly destroys the characters as I have came to know them. It would have been nice if the new narrator would have at least listened to the other books. Abernathy voiced by the the last narrator at least sounded like a dog, this narrator makes him sound like the Geico gecko. It is also irritating each time he mispronounces Mistaya's name. The story is good though and true to the Landover series.
While we all look forward to the next book of a series that we love, it can be a huge disappointment at times, and A Princess of Landover falls into that category. Mr. Brooks leaves us not in suspense with this tale, but rather shaking our heads as if he thought that anyone of us who has gone through the teenage years with our child would find anything here new or novel (no pun intended!).
Shaken never Stirred
Yeah but in a few years when i redo the series. I love it.
Any of the previous landover books. Has a little mystery, intrigue, and suspense.
Dick was great, He's done all the Landover books and has it it down pat. I originally read these in print and he really brought the characters to life. Well done voices for all the characters. Made it enjoyable.
No not really.
A previous reviewer stated that the narrator ruined this book. It couldn't be farther from the truth. This was one of the best narrators I've had the pleasure of listening to.
33 Year old professional male with a love of SciFi and Fantasy
Glad to see another book in the series come out on Audio
Typical Terry Brooks, for the series, but not as powerful as the first few books
All in all it was a good listen, and I was glad to see another book in the series. The momentum is slowing down, however, and I'm not sure if another book in the series, with out some serious effort, is a good idea..
This was a great book, and an even better series. I wasnt sure I wanted to get into this one, but after not having anything else, I figured I would give it a try. I loved the Shannara series, but always thought this would be slightly more childish. I was very surprised. Though, being an avid audiobook listener, I had a hard time imagining Dick Hill being anyone other than Lee Childs Jack Reacher. Dick Hill is an excellent narrator, and love all of his work that I have come across.
see above... Must listen to the whole series. I could not stop listening.
Another great story from Terry Brooks. I'm downloading all the other Landover books because of Dick Hill -- a real pleasure to listen to.
"A good book let down by the narration"
Such a shame that they switched the narrator from the one who did the first five books in this series!
The problem is that as a result I had definite ideas about how the regular characters would sound and the new narrator didn't conform to those ideas. What was with the extremely excitable Scottish ( I think it was meant to be Scottish though I've no idea why as there's no mention of it in any of the books) accent? I had to keep rewinding as I was so distracted by the narrator practically jumping up and down for a character who came across in the previous books as calm and considered, that I missed vital parts of the plot. Personally, even without the random changes to strong bad accents I found this narrator far too excitable for my tastes. This isn't a young children's book but at times it felt like it was being read to a 3 year old!
Surely in this situation a good narrator should take the time to first listen to the recording of the previous book in the series and attempt to at least modulate their voice to a similar level for each character?
Apart from the narration the story was typical Brooks' Landover series and enjoyable as such. It's certainly 'listenable' but I'd recommend a longish gap between listening to the other books in the series and this one.
"Och aye the noo"
Generally a good recording, unfortunately marred somewhat by the worst attempt at an accent (supposedly Scottish, but my second guess would be an obscure dialect from Tibet) since the classic days of Dick van Dyke's cockney chimney sweep.
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