The fabled ancient warriors of Tamuli had indeed returned - intent on carnage. Monsters and fell magics had followed, and the havoc and terror they spawned were tearing the empire apart. The empire had sent for the Pandion Knight who had killed the God Azash. If Sparhawk wanted to stop this danger before it could savage his own land, he now must lend his aid. Sparhawk, Ehlana, and their daughter, Princess Danae, agreed to make the grueling trek to the far-distant empire of the east. They traveled in company with a handful of trusted companions: the stalwart champions of the four Militant Orders, the knight Berit, Mirtai the giantess, and the young thief Talen. With the child-goddess Aphrael to speed their journey, they began the treacherous traverse of the utmost reaches of the Daresian continent, to Tamul's distant capital. There, in the emperor's glittering court, they would encounter corruption, treachery - and a greater danger than any man had faced before!
©1993 David Eddings; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
Domes of Fire is the forth book in a continuing series which started with "The Diamond Throne" in David Eddings' saga called "The Elenium." Although it is possible to follow the 6 book series by starting with "Domes of Fire," you will lose quite a bit of the back story and character development which most people find essential. I have read the entire six book series quite a few times and managed to find something new each time through.
There is, however, a problem with this audio rendition of the second half of the series. Kevin Pariseau made almost no attempt to learn the "correct pronunciation" of either the proper names of the people or the places in the series - even though they were well established in the first three books. Nor does he make much of an attempt to give the characters distinctive voices. Accordingly, his narration voice sounds about the same as the voices he gives to most of the leading and supporting cast members, and the women and children all sound like men. The result is a most unsatisfactory listening experience.
I give the six book series by David Eddings 5 stars, The producers and Directors at Audible Frontiers 1 star, and narration of Kevin Pariseau, in the last 3 books, 0 stars.
Others are free to disagree as they see fit.
I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone
Sparhawk and his friends are needed again but in a far away land to help with a dangerous threat that seems to be spreading into their part of the world
when asked to go help the Tamul Empire with the crisis Queen Ehlana comes up with a way to help.
This novel is a great addition to the Eddings first trilogy my only issues is that with a change of narrator some of the names are pronounced different. the main difference i noticed is Talen, the first trilogy is pronounced as a birds claw, this new guy pronounces it with a strong A.
City names and other characters have the same difference as well. but if you can get over that then you will enjoy this book
I have read the two series, The Elenium and The Tamuli, by David Eddings a couple of times. When I saw them here, I was so excited. The first series, The Elenium, was narrated very nicely and I found myself completely drawn into Sparhawk's world. The second series is another issue altogether. It is horrid! The narrator should have listened to the first book of The Elenium to get the names correct. It is so hard trying to listen to the story when you shudder at every name and place that the narrator is butchering. I cannot follow the story at times because I cannot figure out who he is talking about!
I was so disappointed. I do not know if I will be able to finish listening to the series because the narration is awful. I have read the other reviews and I am not the first disappointed with this reading of The Tamuli series. I do not recommend this series to any David Eddings fans. You will be sorely disappointed. Audio books are all about the voice reading them and this narrator was not a good choice for this series. Doesn't Audible.com have editors who fix these things before they get published? How can someone read for over 50 hours and no one catch the pronunciation errors? Normally, I would give Audible two thumbs up for their audio books but this time it is two thumbs down. If you liked The Elenium series go buy The Tamuli books and read it. You will be much happier with the money having been well spent. I wish I had not purchased the three books before reading the reviews and noting the different narrators.
I have read the books prior to listening to them. The previous series,"Elenium", had a different narrator (no names will be used). The narrator for this series, "Tamuli", should have listened to the "Elenium" to hear the pronunciations of character names and other proper nouns to, at the least, try to maintain some continuity. It really takes away from the enjoyment when characters are addressed differently.
This narrator also gives most of the characters a Boston high society accent and many characters sound "foppish" at best. These are knights in armor not flowery courtiers.
I realize that Audible has no say in the choice of narrators but maybe they could pass along our comments
I just started listening to Domes of Fire after finishing the Sapphire Rose and am really disappointed. I realize it is a different reader but one would think that it wouldn't be TOO much to ask for the new reader to at least take a quick listen to the previous books so a) pronunciation of names and places would be...oh, I don't know...similar, if not the same and b) voices might be close (or in this case, exist at all).
Sigh...I paid for all three books in this series so I will listen to them...if they improve, I will come back and update my review.
I already own the book, so enjoy the story
I love the interaction between the characters
Narrator could have listened to previous narration - so pronucation of names would be similar and could have made the characters sound more mature ..Sparhawk and his fellow knights sounded like young men instead of seasoned warriors...
I wish publishing companies would try to keep the same narrator for a series or at least make sure each narrator pronouces names the same way
As many of the other reviewers noted- the new narrator suddenly changes every pronunciation after 50 hours of the story (arguably certain names could have two readings but the word rouge is fairly standard) but couple that annoyance with the horrible voice and inflection of the narrator and what could be the start of a nice trilogy is ruined- I cannot finish this and surely would not buy any others in this series- the director and narrator could have maybe spent 5 minutes of research instead of this garbage.
The narrator is horrible in every way. Mispronunciation, inflection, voices are all awful. He makes you hate characters who you loved in the first trilogy. Simply awful
Any Eddings title
New narrator. This gentleman is hopelessly bad
Story is good but no story could overcome this narration
Story: If you liked the first trilogy you'll probably like this one.
The narration started off weak, with a halting sort of cadence, but got better once the story started rolling. The voice characterization is fine. (Well, except for Ulath, who's a shadow of his former self...)
The changed pronunciation of some names was a bit off-putting at first, but not really that bad. I do wish the producers would pay more attention to consistency, but I'm over it.
I really struggled with the narration of the Tamuli. The narrator did a great job with one or two characters (the once with aristocratic speech patterns) and made me wince at many of the others characters. The absolute worst for me was Flute/Aphrael/Danae because it always sounded like the little girl was amused by everything in a really off putting way that made those characters very unlovable, which is the opposite of the intended response to them. I was also frustrated that there was no continuity from the Elenium to the Tamuli. I've read other series where a narrator changed at the end of the series to someone else and not found the transition very difficult but this one was really rough. I really enjoy the series in terms of the story and the characters (I read the series in print several times before) but the story and characters struggled to make it past the narration.
"Change of reader"
I agree with the previouse reviewer, in that it is very disconcerting to have the characters and place names pronounced differently from those in the 1st book. Moreover the main characters character was changed to a harsher, less benevolent sounding warrior and some of his friends even sounded effeminate.
"What's in a name"
I was so glad that Audible got another series of David Eddings work. These are great. The narrator reads it very well. My only problem is that he has changed the pronunciation of many of the names. Having read all the books several times as well as listening to the previous Sparhawk audiobooks I felt I was settled with all the character and place names. I think this narrator listened to the previous audiobooks and decided to change the names for a laugh. It's a little distracting/annoying but I guess I will have to live with it. If you liked the other David Eddings Series you will appreciate this.
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