Elizabeth Moon is back with the fourth adventure in her best-selling fantasy epic. Moon brilliantly weaves a colorful tapestry of action, betrayal, love, and magic set in a richly imagined world that stands alongside those of such fantasy masters as George R. R. Martin and Robin Hobb.
The unthinkable has occurred in the kingdom of Lyonya. The queen of the Elves - known as the Lady - is dead, murdered by former elves twisted by dark powers. Now the Lady’s half-elven grandson must heal the mistrust between elf and human before their enemies strike again. Yet as he struggles to make ready for an attack, an even greater threat looms across the Eight Kingdoms.Throughout the north, magic is reappearing after centuries of absence, emerging without warning in family after family - rich and poor alike. In some areas, the religious strictures against magery remain in place, and fanatical followers are stamping out magery by killing whoever displays the merest sign of it - even children. And as unrest spreads, one very determined traitor works to undo any effort at peace - no matter how many lives it costs. With the future hanging in the balance, it is only the dedication of a few resolute heroes who can turn the tides...if they can survive.
©2013 Elizabeth Moon (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Absolutely ANYTHING By Elizabeth Moon.
I have found no tale, novella or epic tale, to be wanting in any characteristic required for captivating and engaging. I've never been let down by the author.
Angela Dawe would do best to never wander from insipid, whine-some romances.
The narrator wgo supposedly "performs" this novel couldn't even been bothered to develop character voice, syntactic, accents, as previous readers Jennifer Van Dyck and Susan Ericksen , of the previous books in this series.
It sounds as if this is the first an only book of this series the narrator has read. And is it some rule that no one should listen to what has been done before in an attempt to preserve consistency of personalities and PRONUNCIATION???
Absolutely anything by this author is well worth reading and listening to.
If you are in a position to better listen to books rather than read them, whether time constraints or impairment, the Paksanarian books are ALL worthy of repeated visiting.
As well The Vatta Saga is the same quality, tho a very different environment.
The Speed of Dark, and Remnant Population are both unique views of difficult situations.
Mx. dawe needs a bit of voice acting study.
The company "Focus on the Family Radio" does a kids camp every year to introduce the uninitiated to voice acting.
That might be a ggod place to staryt.
every male voice is gapsy and husky and an obvious starin at reaching a non-existent lower register.,
I have heard Simon Vance , a solid baritone, read high voices without forcing a caricature> Ad I have hear an Dyke and Eriksen read the King, The squires, base born common, elvish, dwarvish, and gnomes so very well and distinctly after each was introduce there was almost no need to identify the speaker. The voicing, tone, accent, pronunciation, speech habits were so nicely and individually established you knew who was speaking before the author's identifications.
Six chapters in and Dawe shows no such creativity or ability.
I will cringe at every "Seer" where the word is "Sire" (as in land owner and master, lord of king) and every mispronunciation of "Taige (tAige or Tay-g) spoken as "tige"
I will sigh and lament that female voice is female and male voice is husky and gaspy and unconvincing...
And the whining... the drawing out of certain vowels into a whiiIIiiine may perhaps steal all the joy of this great book.
I notice Angela Dawe's list of other gigs is all romances... maybe this style works well with this genre.
It does nothing for Mrs. Moon's work.
I personally would like to see one of the previous Narrators hired to reproduce this book and this reneging be destroyed.
Who is Mickelee (sounds like nickle-ee)????
Mikeli Vostan Keriel
Mi-kell-ee Vos-tan Ke-ri- el
HOW HARD IS THAT???
I ASK YOU?????
Aris is in late teens and sounds like a little boy.
Aris was maybe 15 or so four years ago...
camwyn sounds like a boy trying to sound grown up.
Grown ups sound like grown ups....
Only the reader Angela Dawe
I listened to the sample... and hated the reading instantly...
I am hoping it will iron out some how, but on the faith in the author's ability to deliver a stellar continuation of this brilliantly constructed story.
But it will take all I can muster to suffer this reader to the end of the book.
Great story ruined.
"remember kids mud spelled backwards is dum"
the way the new narrator mispronounced everything
wish they hadn't changed narrator or at least the new narrator should have checked how the other narrators in this series pronounced some of the names
I read this before listening - and am SO glad. I've like the series from Sheepfarmer's Daughter. That said, this is a HARD listen. Words like "taig", "Arrenis" and others are pronounced completely differently than in the previous six books, making it difficult to follow the story. I can understand bringing in a new narrator, but she should have at least listened to the previous books!
In addition, most of the time, this narrator seems to adopt a whiny, childlike voice. Perhaps it is my age, but it is very grating, especially for several hours at a time.
I eagerly look forward to the next book in the series, and will buy it - in print. If not narrated by the same person, will also purchase the audio book!
The story was wonderful however the narrator was not good. She mispronounced many words i.e. privacy. The characters were hard to distinguish because the narrator was just not good.
I would recommend the book and unless you are visually impaired not invest in the audiobook. I have no choice as I do not read braille.
The story was a wonderful continuation of the previous books. Can not wait for the next one. I hope this helps. D
I am an avid Audible Listener, I haven't read a book in over 6 years preferring to hear them vice read them.
Elizabeth Moon's Paks world is one of my favorite series, I've just relistened to it for the third time in anticipation of the latest book. The series still has more to enjoy, as this latest book, while feeding my desire for more, has me awaiting the next book.
The characters are so engaging and as we initially followed Paks, through her becoming a Paladin, we now are experiencing each of the cast's growing into new roles within their respective domains.
I was disappointed with her reading, primarily due to her using her own pronunciation for places, cities and people and things, when one narrator has set the proper form for persons place and things its painful to have a new narrator change those name forms to something that is just off. It was a terrible distraction and very annoying. Why did someone like Ms Moon not provide the proper annunciation for the Tauge, Cities and peoples names, why did this producer let her change all that this late in the series???
I truly love this series, following Paks, Kierry, Arcalan, Dorian, Stamell and the rest is such a joy. I personally loved the first narrator, Jennifer Van Dyck, I'm also a huge fan of the second narrator, who did one book, Susan Erickson, however Angela Dawe's pronunciation of places people and things in this world was extremely distracting.
Jennifer please read us the next book!
This is a wonderful book by one of my favorite authors. It continues the story of Paks' friends from Fox company with several surprising twists. Can't wait for the next one.
Angela had good voices and vocal differentiation but she didn't do her homework. She absolutely butchered the pronunciations of the people and places in the book, as well as many ordinary words in the English language. I absolutely cringed every time and found it extremely distracting. I highly recommend that any reader who takes over a series first listen to the previous books and find out how all the other readers pronounced things.
Elizabeth, I know you not our "bi*ch", but when is the next one coming out?
I love this series, and the story reminded us of the intricate past while holding out complex possibilities for the future. Limits of Power gave us (for me) truly unexpected developments in the lives of some major characters, as well as revelations of their past. The reappearance of Paks was a highlight as well as the hope of a starring role for her in the next installment. However, frankly it was difficult to follow it and I missed important parts I'm sure because I kept being distracted by the narrator's voice and pronunciations, to the point where I didn't go back to passages that needed deeper attention. For the first time in reading a favorite and much anticipated story I actually bought another book in the middle of it, and had to come back to it later. That was after re-reading Echoes of Betrayal so that I could be clearer on what I was hearing (or not) in Limits of Power. I will definitely not be listening to this story again, as much as I may need to. Will buy the written version instead perhaps.
Any of the previous narrators in the series, or my two favorite newly discovered narrators, Robert Glennister and Sophie Ward. Angela Dawe seemed to do fine with children's voices or young women but not with the adult male human characters,the elves or gnomes, and her cadence was cringe-worthy.In my opinion the reviewer Anita got it exactly right.
Sorry to beat a dead horse but truly the narration made me cry. I won't tell the things that made me laugh in the story as that would truly be spoiler alert!
I got it because the story left me hanging, and I really liked it.
If someone contracts to read a book that is an ongoing series, the least that "professional" could do is listen to the previous books. Angela Dawe pronounces everything, from place names to people names and everything else, differently from the previous books. It's driving me nuts trying to figure out who/what/where she's talking about. I'll finish it because I love the series, but I'll certainly not seek out Angela Dawe as a narrator.
I am not a fantasy fan as a rule, but I will read or listen to any of Elizabeth Moon's stories. Sadly, narrator Angela Dawe all but ruined this book for me by reducing several character's dialog to sounding more at home in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" than a good Moon story.
Jennifer Van Dyck
The cast of characters is difficult to keep straight, but they all seem to be contributing to the unfolding saga.
This is one time I wish I hadn't let my enthusiasm for the next book in a series propel me forward without trying a sample first. I may be reading print versions of subsequent Paladin's Legacy books.
The story is excellent but the narration is uneven. Some of the variations in voice sound forced and strained. This distracts from the story and lessens the impact. This is the only time I have been disappointed in an Audible book.
Beh. Its hard to say because the narration is so bad. I mean - awful. Was Jennifer Van Dyke not available?
The characters are relatively indistinguishable. And as this narration is not even remotely listenable, I will let you know after I have purchased and read the book.
The performer acts the characters ok - apart from her characters being pretty much indistinguishable by race, gender, class, and station. The most annoying, jarring problem is in the narrative passages She reads "He Said! She Said! He Wiped the Blood From His Blade" with with the same pace, tone, and with a loud exclamation point after each phrase, no matter how mundane the phrase. "I think not..." said Kiri!!!! "I will go..."He Said! Wiping the Blood Off His Blade!!!! He Crossed the Room!!!!! Not ONLY is each narrative phrase forced, each word is equally weighted, without a shred of nuance, pace, color, or appropriate pauses. Pacing of the narrative phrases are AWFUL!!!!!! This is why VO actors DESPERATELY NEED a director in the studio with them. And if there WAS a director in the studio, he or she should immediately lose his or her job!Furthermore, the actress might have taken the time to learn how to pronounce places and races by listening a bit to the previous narrations. For those of us who have listenened to each audio tape - its super annoying. Tayg, not Tah-ig. Kuoknomi, not Kwak-Naami. I suppose if this is your first Pak's book, it won't matter - but if you have been a fan of the series it will take you a while to figure out what and who she is talking about. Finally - the actress might have taken the trouble to READ the DANG BOOKS. The vocal quality of the elven and other races is perfectly well described by the author. The elves have musical voices, with a cadence. Ditto for the Kuocnom. Narrator doesn't bother to distinguish this in her performance. As the conflict that opens this book is racial in nature, it would have been nice if the narrator had been remotely familiar with the material so that we would be able to distinguish between the races.(Without of course, the requisite "Said the Elf!!!!")If I were Elizabeth Moon, I would have this audio pulled and redone. It's THAT bad.
Its not even a book I want to finish. Which is a shame, as I have loved the Paks series since it was first published.
the book itself is as good as the rest, an enjoyable easy read that keeps your attention for the vast majority of the time. The worst thing... is the narrator!!! throughout the series the characters accents have changed but that is something that is copable with to a point... but in this last book the narrator not only changes the accents and tone of each character.. she also changes pronounciations of words, even to the point of not being able to say "sire" instead reading "seer" lots of little things that cause irritation as the book goes on!
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