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Magic's Pawn Audiobook

Magic's Pawn: The Last Herald Mage, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

In Magic's Pawn, an ancient age in the history of Valdemar comes to life - an age when the kingdom was ravaged by the ungoverned fury of bandit warlords, ferocious ice dragons, and the wild magic of wizards. A new addition to Lackey's Valdemar kingdom - and her most powerful series to date!

©1991 Mercedes R. Lackey (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    magicmonster 03-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "This is my favorite Valdemar series."
    Where does Magic's Pawn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great listen!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic's Pawn?

    When Van stood up to his father.


    Which character – as performed by Gregory St. John – was your favorite?

    Vanyel


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

    The end but I don't want to spoil it.


    Any additional comments?

    A well done production spot on. Homosextual main charactor done with such care that you could even let a young adult listen to it.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Alyssa 07-30-16
    Alyssa 07-30-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Do yourself a favor and buy a paper copy"

    This series is one of my favorites of all time. I first read it when I was twelve and I have read it hundreds of times. It never gets old. The true humanity of the characters, the depth of emotion in the story and the imaginativeness of the world combine to create a tale that stays with you. It was the first real fantasy genre novel I read, and what an intro!! I love all of Mercedes Lackey's works, but these books have a special place in my heart.
    Imagine my disappointment to have the novel ruined by narration. The narrator was completely bizarre. The cadence of his words was off, at times making me question if he actually knew how to read the English language. To quote Mike Myers, he often "puts the EM-pha-sis on the wrong sy-LLAB-le". He leaves out words... And no only mispronounces names of 90% of the characters, but periodically changes how he pronounces them.
    Scenes with intense emotion were read with almost no inflection.
    I was so horrified by the reading that I felt the need to read the book out loud to myself just to feel better about what was being said.
    I have very very few books on tape that I do not enjoy. This is the first one EVER that I returned to audible rather than keep it in my library. Horrific.
    Skip it, get the print version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Richmond, VA 07-09-16
    Sarah Richmond, VA 07-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not one of her strongest, and poor performance"

    I've long held that Vanyel just was not a very relatable character, or at least not as likeable as many of Lackey's other protagonists. Very whiny, and a lot of the plot seems weirdly paced. But the performance was by far one of the weakest I've heard for her novels.

    The narrator often puts weird emphasis on certain words, as if he is reading the sentences by seconds instead of in one long flow. several times, it's meant that I have to play catch up in my mind when his pronunciation of a sentence doesn't match what it's trying to get at. He also pronounces many of her names, foreign language words, and place names in what I would have thought to be the LEAST likely manner when I was reading it versus listening. maybe that's just me, but overall the performance was awkward, inconsistent, and distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I loved this story when it was first published...."

    it's still an awesome story now and this performance was fun to listen to while keeping my hands busy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kansas Mom 04-13-16
    Kansas Mom 04-13-16
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    "Great story - not so great rendition..."
    If you could sum up Magic's Pawn in three words, what would they be?

    Main Character needs to grow up


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Savil Ashkevron. She was strong enough to not care about what others thought.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gregory St. John?

    Gerard Doyle.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Would have been if... (see additional comments...)


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator paused when he shouldn't have and didn't pause when he should have. This could have been editing. Sometimes there was a pause when there should not have been: "he climbed down the back........ stairs" (listener starts to question how anyone can climb down a back and finally the sentence is completed. Oh, okay. He climbed down the stairs!!!).

    There were not pauses between separate segments when there definitely should have been. Whenever there was a scene change, the lack of separation created confusion in the mind of the listener.

    This broke the flow of the story and made it difficult to fully enjoy.

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    Greg Wheeler 03-22-16
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    "Drinking game idea. "

    Take a drink of your favorite brand of booze everytime you read the word "Gods".

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    Jennifer Gohlke 02-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "interesting!"

    the narrative reading was good.
    Enjoy able bleand well read and emotional. I would have bought it again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vanisa 09-09-15
    Vanisa 09-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love it"

    I've always enjoyed this book. This series is one I always suggest. Listening was a joy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lori 06-22-15
    lori 06-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!! Couldnt get enough!"
    What did you love best about Magic's Pawn?

    Was one of my favorite series! Left me wishing for more! Mercedes lacey is one of my new fav authors!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kaylee 06-10-15
    Kaylee 06-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Shame on the Producers"

    I love this book, but the lack of a simple pause when there is a scene change takes away from the story.

    This is one of Mercedes Lackey's best series. I wish it had been given the attention it deserves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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