Beautiful as she is deadly, Liriel Baenre flits throught the shadows of Menzoberranzan, city of the dark elves. Amid treachery and murder that are the drow's daily fare, she feels something calling to her...something beyond this dusky world far removed from the sun. Yet as she ventures toward the surface and the lands of light, enemies pursue her unceasingly.
And one enemy may offer her the only hope of salvation.
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I've read this book before and the story is a good little fantasy story. However here, the narration delivery becomes so torturous - I had to put the story down, unfinished.
About 1/4 into the story the narrator fully slips into a rhythm and cadence that gives inflection completely independent of the sentence structure. And at about halfway through this novel It's like the words and sentences are passing, but the narrator gives no inflection to what is actually being said. The beat and emphasis is on a whatever word happens to land at a rhythmic point, and it becomes insanely distracting.
I know fantasy novels dialogue can be difficult and awkward for many narrators - but this is bad.. Really, really bad. This slips into full autopilot reading about 1 step above an automated computer voice that has no idea what is being said.
This story really deserves to be reproduced with a different production team.
It's an interesting story, but the reader is just terrible...she gets better later but at the beginning she is just no good.
as I said, she is a terrible reader...fire her!
I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook, the story is well written, interesting, entertaining and for people that want to learn more about the Drow very informative.
I also enjoyed that many of the major protagonists are female.
I would try another book by Elaine Cunningham. In fact, I purchased this audio book having already read the series. I had hoped to enjoy the story again.
The performance could have been 1000 times better by having someone else perform it. Dara, bless her soul, needs to find a new line of work. She is an absolutely awful performer. She must fidget like a leaf on the wind when recording. Her voice is always seemingly moving towards and away from the mic. Moreover, her English leaves much to be desired. Whether it is the rather odd way she pronounces some words, e.g., "SKIM-a-tar" instead of "scimitar," or the way she misreads words so that instead of "accessing" a room the character ends up "assessing" the room, her ability to read the text is truly cringeworthy.
No. It was absolutely not worth the time.
The story is good. It is worth listening to. However, the performance is so bad that I am going to try to get my money back. The time I wasted while I listened and hoped that Dara would find her stride, I can never get back. I only hope that I can help prevent other people from suffering as I did. The story is good. I hope that they will rerecord it with a competent and skillful performer. That will make all the difference.
It's a great story. I read the book years ago and was glad to see it come to audible.
Dara Rosenberg pronounces words oddly, and has awkward pauses in the middle of sentences and even multi-syllable words. For instance she pronounced the word worship as war ship, and Menzobaranzan as Menzo baran zan, as if it were three separate words and not a proper noun. The sound quality was also just a bit tinny.
If you've only read RA Salvator's work with the drow than you owe it to yourself to check out Daughter of the Drow. Lyriel the main characters is a witty, devious and enjoyable character whom actually revel's in he culture even as she slowly learns to reject its evil. These delightful contradictions and intrigue make this story extremely enjoyable. The story is extremely fun, well paced with an great supporting cast of allies and enemies for Lyriel and over all a real delight.
The story is set in the heyday of 2nd edition D&D's Forgotten Realms but it works well as a stand alone and any fan of fantasy should be able to get into and enjoy this series with no prior knowledge of the setting or D&D in general, however if you do read the other Drow centric book it acts as nice little companion piece.
However as good as the story is the current recording is of very low quality. The reader doesn't have very good audio quality, the editing is a pit choppy and the actors choice of inflection is rather unusual which might prove distracting to some listeners. If they can fix the audio issues I'd say this is a must buy for any fan of the Drow and the Forgotten Realms.
Sometimes you have to club a seal with a kitten
Nobody that enjoys Forgotten Realms and more specifically the Drow. The way this was narrated is an insult to the Drow people. The narrator should should be lashed with a snake-headed whip at least 10 times.
Nails being run down a blackboard.
Are you serious? LOL, um no.
The narration ruined this series. Dara's inflection was flat and horrid at best. Do yourself a favor and buy the kindle version. Audible needs a zero star rating for narrators like this.
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In short, three quirks together bugged me enough to make me deduct a star from an otherwise excellent performance.
"great story poorly read."
Yes have it read by someone else.
Dara rosenberg what can I say. This is the first audio book with her narrating and I will not buy another. She has a very strange halting reading style with emphasis in all the wrong places resulting in a painful listen. Maybe she is uncomfortable with the fantasy genre. I had to stop listening an hour in.
I get the impression she is reading a line then thinking about it then trying to say it with weird pronunciation.
Wish I could get my money back on this.
"Did anyone ever consider pronunciation?"
The fact that there is an off button.
Have someone who can pronounce Menzoberranzan, and speaks English on a regular basis. This performance could have been much better done by a parrot, do the performers actually listen to what they've recorded, this is dreadful! I will not be completing the download and wish to cancel the order!
Played the game, read the books, will not listen to them on Audible.
Never again! I will not buy anything narrated by this person, stilted narration, mis-pronunciation, all in all a terrible experience. A wonderful series of books yet they have been ruined by the pathetic attempts to tell the tale.
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