A brilliant mercenary must lead his army against the forces of the most powerful wizard alive
Gifted with courage, strength, and the intelligence to know when to fight, Sun Wolf is the greatest mercenary in a land overrun by war. With his first lieutenant, Starhawk - a woman more deadly than any man - at his side, he has laid waste to countless cities, taking the best of their treasures for himself, and distributing the rest among his bloodthirsty crew.
Then a woman comes to him, an emissary from the town of Mandrigyn, a lush port city recently sacked by a powerful, mad wizard of unmatched abilities. She offers Sun Wolf untold riches for the use of his army, but the captain is not fool enough to wage war against a magician. He refuses her offer, but that is not the end of it. The women of Mandrigyn can be very persuasive.
©1984 Barbara Hambly (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
The plot of this book is one of my favorites - I'm so glad that Audible is bringing out some of Barbara Hambly's fine fantasies in audio (now where's Time of the Dark!)
I found Ms Linden's performance oddly robotic. Each word is so clearly enunciated as to be almost a parody of text-to-speech. She does loosen up a bit later into the book but the pauses before unfamiliar words (Altiokis, Rind, etc.) break up the flow. It's too bad because her voice is pleasantly pitched and nice to listen to.
It sounded like there was pause at end of every word. Little less pronunciation and more feeling would have made this better.
Loved the book just not the narration, will not buy any other with Teri Clark Linden as the narrator.
Not with this performer!
The reading is extremely stilted and robotic. My Garmin has more tone and inflection! It was impossible to listen to.
I can't judge the novel, as I didn't listen long enough to judge.
The narrator has pleasing pitch, but a stumbling, almost Shatneresque rhythm that breaks up sentences, inhibits the flow of the story, and is so unnatural as to be hard to listen to. While I recognize that fantasy stories have a great deal of strange words and names in them, the proper recourse us not a stilted narration that pains itself to carefully pronounce each word as if it was edited in during post-production.
No, the narrataion is the worst I could ever imagine. It is one step above the worst text to speach I have ever heard. ONLY because the text to speach spells out the words it can't pronounce. If it could, I would consider the reader to be on the same level as a bad text to speach conversion.
Sunwolf and Starhawk's love for each other, even though it took the two of them being apart to admit is existed.
If this is the narrator's day job, she needs to quit and admit that her talent lies elsewhere. I am not being mean. I am speaking the truth. The narration made me want to stop 10 minutes into the book. I SUFFERED through because I have loved this book for many years. And have spent a LONG time waiting for it to be available on Audio.
Re-produce this with another narrator please. I love Barbary Hambly enough that I would buy it again if it were read by someone who actually had a clue. Personally I am floored that something this hard to listen too actually continued into production and wasted money. From minute ONE, someone in the studio must have said "Why the hell is this person here?" ***To Ms. Hambly, If Teri Clark Linden is a relative/lover or whatever, please get you personal life our of your business. I will not purchase another book with her listed as the reader. And I want to listed to ALL the other books you have on Audio so far. But Not with TCL as the narrator.
I liked the paperback very much. I was a teen and desperate for something different. This audiobook was read as if was someone's first attempt to read English. very slow and measured and poor (if any) cadence/pitch variation. Ruined the story for me. I have read most of Ms Hambly's other stuff. I will purchase any audiobooks NOT narrated by Ms. Linden. Not hating here, I realize it's harder than it sounds.
boring, monotone with no variation of pace, pitch or emphasis. auditory equivalent of watching paint dry. good god there was so much there to work with. so many nuanced performances that could have been done.
yes. as long as Ms. Linden does not play a character
I know I sound like a snot-nosed brat who trashes everyone. I have raved on other reviews, the readers (male and female) for Baldacci's Camel Club audiobooks are pros. so sorry for being so negative towards Ms. Linden, but I was very disappointed.
Agent of chaos; either that, or really bad puns, whichever comes first. :)
I don't know what audience Teri Clark Linden was aiming for, but it sure as shooting wasn't me. Her slow, hesitant delivery is devoid of any personality or narrative flow. It's like she turned "Ladies of Mandrigyn" into "See Spot Run". She should go back and study the greats, like Barbara Rosenblat and C.J. Critt. Until then, she should stop wasting my time and money, pretending to be a real narrator. Sorry to be harsh, but I take my audiobooks seriously; so should she.
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