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Limits of Power: Paladin's Legacy, Book 4 | [Elizabeth Moon]

Limits of Power: Paladin's Legacy, Book 4

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Trudy Nelson Louisiana 05-18-15
    Trudy Nelson Louisiana 05-18-15 Member Since 2008

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    "Story good- reader not so good"
    What made the experience of listening to Limits of Power the most enjoyable?

    The story line and characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Continuity of the story line and characters. E. Moon always tells an enjoyable tale for me.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I have thoroughly enjoyed this series, and have always liked E.Moon. This was the first audio book I have bought that was difficult for me to complete listening to the end. I had read a previous review that said "read the book", and I now know why. The story is great, but it was a very difficult listen. The voices kept changing, and not always the same voice with the same character. It got a little better toward the end. The pronunciation of some of the characters and places took me awhile to connect with the other 3 books.


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    Lisa 04-08-15
    Lisa 04-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrible narration!!"

    I do not understand why this narrator was chosen. She is misspelling everything. The voices are different than the rest of the series. I can't believe no one made sure she knew how to pronounce words. Disappointed to spend $17.00 to hear her.

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    L.M.M. Chesapeake, VA 03-26-15
    L.M.M. Chesapeake, VA 03-26-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Very poor production"

    I know I'm repeating sentiments already expressed, but the production of this audiobook leaves a lot to be desired. First of all, the constant changing of narrators is poor planning. It is distracting and annoying to find that the names are pronounced so very differently from narrator to narrator

    In the end, I had to buy a written copy in order to continue to enjoy the series. The biggest sin? Pronouncing Paks as Packs instead of Pox, followed closely by the TIge instead of Tage, Almost as irritating was Mike-eli instead of Ma-Kel-e, Chi-a and Si-a instead of Chay-a and Say-a. It was like nails on a chalkboard.

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    Michelle Sunnyvale, CA, United States 10-26-14
    Michelle Sunnyvale, CA, United States 10-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story, awful narrator"

    What happened to Jennifer Van Dyck? All of the men's voices sound the same and they are all husky and rough.
    Most of the women whine and sound weak.
    She pronounces important words completely differently then Jennifer Van Dyck in all the previous books.

    Within the first 5 minutes I almost stopped listening due to narration. I'm glad she wasn't used for the first book in the series, or I'd never have bought another, never miind how good the story.

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    Patricia Gribben Sarasota, Fl 10-19-14
    Patricia Gribben Sarasota, Fl 10-19-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Poor narrator for a good story."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Limits of Power to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her pronounciation of various place names and characters' names is inconsistent with the audio versions of the first 6 books. I went straight from Limits of Power to this book and it was a jolt to hear familiar names "mispronounced". Obviously the narrator had no familiarity with the first books.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction. I thought it was, like all of the Paksenarrian/Paladin books, very well written.


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    Vicki Moss Reno, NV United States 09-17-14
    Vicki Moss Reno, NV United States 09-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Another great story! Narrator ......... Leaves"
    What made the experience of listening to Limits of Power the most enjoyable?

    Story


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Angela Dawe?

    Almost anyone else. Changing the pronunciations of many major characters and the heavy, breathy voice made it difficult to tolerate


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The death T the end


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    T. Bently Durant Fort Worth, Texas 09-01-14
    T. Bently Durant Fort Worth, Texas 09-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book, poor reader"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Dawe’s performances?

    Dawe's pronunciations of names and words in this book differ from the prior books, which is annoying. It's more her break from cannon, than anything else that left me displeased with the narration.


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    cristen 07-07-14
    cristen 07-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I had to buy the book and read it!!!"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I couldn't make it past chapter 2 as the narrator performance was extremely poor and tone of voice nerve racking. I couldn't even relate the characters with the voice. The author once again, spun a wonderful tale.


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    Elizabeth B. 07-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "PLEASE re-record this book with another reader."
    What did you like best about Limits of Power? What did you like least?

    Here in Paksenarrion's world many story lines continue their development. All worthwhile. All engrossing. As usual, Elizabeth Moon thrills and rewards her readers with excellence and humanity (even for Elvenkind, Kapristi, and Dragon.)
    Despite the quality of the writing this was a difficult "listen". The reader's voice is grating and whiney, the characterizations unconvincing, and the cadence identical, over and over and over and over, the exact same rhythm. Dying, loving, learning, speaking, doesn't make any difference. I could only listen in short increments before the sameness of the raspy voice and the bizarre pronunciations would exceed my tolerance. Please do not use this reader for any more of Moon's wonderful work.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Limits of Power?

    Kieri's sojourn in the glade. Arvid's acceptance of his inner "voice." Stammel's protection of the villagers.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Dawe’s performances?

    Never.


    Do you think Limits of Power needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    We hear that the 5th volume will complete the tale (at least for now). I can hardly wait. Surely with a different reader.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you, Ms. Moon, for writing for us!

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    S. Douma 05-02-14
    S. Douma 05-02-14
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    "Love the books can't stand this particular reader."
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The previous books were far better read by Jennifer Van Dyke and Susan Erickson despite some inconsistencies in pronunciation of names and places. Don't even get me started on the ongoing snafu with the different accents for every 'foreign' character that switch around from french to eastern european to spanish to irish and back again depending on the reader. I know the narrators are performance artists with different styles and accent specialties, but some attempt at consistency from actually listening to the previous books might be of help.


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