Magic's Pawn: The Last Herald Mage, Book 1 Audiobook | Mercedes Lackey | Audible.com
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Magic's Pawn: The Last Herald Mage, Book 1 | [Mercedes Lackey]

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

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!
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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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    Susan L. Rock Suburban Chicago, IL 02-01-13
    Susan L. Rock Suburban Chicago, IL 02-01-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Finally Getting To the Classics!"

    I must admit - I probably have worn out 2 or three paperback versions of this series, as well as the Arrows of the Queen series (of which only book one is currently available for audio.) I remember my introduction to Misty Lackey, at the last convention she attended (Dragoncon 2000 - and therein hangs SEVERAL tales, but) - this is the first series I read where there was a protagonist who makes you cry and makes you laugh, and makes you feel the plight of the outcast so comprehensively that you CAN"T read only the one book - start one and before the week is out - you will be hunting down book 2 and 3 to finish the story off.

    Fair warning - Vanyel is gay. Now, having MET Misty and Mark Shepherd (who sometimes co-writes with her) - I've sometimes wondered just how much of Mark is IN Vanyel - but she doesn't make it into a big deal. (She never really does much in the way of romance in her early works, and while the series DOES skew PG - I don't think Misty's ever written an "R" rated sex scene - and if you want X - look elsewhere.)

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Caityrosey Rochester, MN 10-29-13
    Caityrosey Rochester, MN 10-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "This narrator is atrocious"
    What did you like best about Magic's Pawn? What did you like least?

    I'm a sucker for Romantic Fantasy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The teacher, Savil.


    What didn’t you like about Gregory St. John’s performance?

    The main character starts out as a whiny teenager. A good narrator could take that voice and inject a little humor and irony to make him relate-able. This narrator eschews subtlety and passes up opportunities for pathos and goes right for "whiny drama queen." The whole time. This makes the main character (who's supposed to be the hero) someone you can barely stand to listen to, let alone empathize with.

    Others have commented on the bad/odd pronunciations of names. What floors me is that a professional narrator can mispronounce regular old English words. Repeatedly.

    This story deserves so much better. I've never been moved to write a review of a performance before, but I was today. I just can't take it any more. I don't know how much of it is bad production and how much of it is bad reading.


    Was Magic's Pawn worth the listening time?

    I like the story. And I spent the money. So I listened.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie TUALATIN, OR, United States 03-18-13
    Laurie TUALATIN, OR, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Great story, disappointing audio"
    Where does Magic's Pawn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Mediocre reading with poor production. The narrator missed punctuation and read right through commas, periods, new paragraphs and scene changes. Poor reader or poor production?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vanyel Ashkevron because we get to see him grow from an abused and difficult teen into a selfless hero.


    What aspect of Gregory St. John’s performance would you have changed?

    This needed better attention to details like correct pronunciation of character names and places. I wish St. John had been mindful of scene changes by taking a breath and leaving a little empty air space as a clue. I know the book has spaces between scenes for this purpose.I would have liked it better if he hadn't given every woman and teen character a whine.


    Any additional comments?

    I have waited a long time for an audio production of this series and am disappointed that it wasn't given the attention it deserved. I suggest you read the book first and let the characters become real to you. Mercades Lackey's writing is better than production makes it sound.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Tooele, Utah, United States 08-20-13
    Holly Tooele, Utah, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favorite stories almost ruined."
    How could the performance have been better?

    This is the book that got me interested in reading novels in the first place so is holds a special place for me. I have worn out several copies of this series so I have a definite "voice" in my head for each character. I understand that no narrator could live up to that, but even so, I was very disappointed.

    The first complaint I have is his ever changing pronunciation. Even if it's wrong, stick with it. Second are his accents. Only do an accent if you can do it well, and don't change that accent each time a character speaks. Most good audio books I've listened to, you can immediately tell which character is speaking by the voice change and consistency of that voice. Third and possibly the most disturbing is his cadence and how he holds the vowels out. I have never heard anything like this. I laughed several times during very dramatic scenes because of his pace and how he was saying it.

    Mercedes Lackey is an amazing author and I feel that her work deserves better than this. Listen to just about anything narrated by Davina Porter or Roy Dotrice and you'll hear how a good book deserves to be narrated.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    magicmonster Wichita, KS United States 03-16-13
    magicmonster Wichita, KS United States 03-16-13 Member Since 2006
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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 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jessy cheney, WA, United States 01-25-13
    Jessy cheney, WA, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Great Start to a Great Series"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book that I have come back to re-read in audio and I must say that its much better than what I remember. Perhaps that I am more mature now or that the reader did such a great job, but I find myself loving it.

    BUT, audible, where is the rest of the series. You are killing me!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sheley Napier Columbus, Ohio USA 03-18-13
    Sheley Napier Columbus, Ohio USA 03-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Briefly"
    What made the experience of listening to Magic's Pawn the most enjoyable?

    This is an old favorite, one of the first in the genre that I read.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I was incredibly disappointed that the performer didn't bother to learn how to pronounce the names correctly, particularly since there is a published glossary. It all but ruined it for me.


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    "Not really what I thought it would be"
    What would have made Magic's Pawn better?

    The book was like a cheap gay romance novel it a fantasy setting. Way too much time spent on overly dramatic broken hearts and not much in the way of plot.


    What was most disappointing about Mercedes Lackey’s story?

    The book was like a cheap gay romance novel it a fantasy setting. Way too much time spent on overly dramatic broken hearts and not much in the way of plot.


    What didn’t you like about Gregory St. John’s performance?

    All the characters sounded the same. It hard to tell who was who.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Magic's Pawn?

    Well after the first 30 minutes or so I just hated the book...


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could get a refund.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    April Gillilan Stillwater, OK United States 07-12-13
    April Gillilan Stillwater, OK United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent book (and series), but ..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Magic's Pawn to be better than the print version?

    No! The audio version is not as good as the print version, simply because of the horrendous narration. The narrator mispronounced words regularly throughout the series, and not just the unusual words of Valdemar.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gregory St. John’s performances?

    No!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael HERCULES, CA, United States 04-30-13
    Michael HERCULES, CA, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Solid read. :)"
    Would you listen to Magic's Pawn again? Why?

    I would read it again before the next part.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The female teacher (aunt of the protagonist) is may favorite, because she was very likable. Almost like the aunt you wish you had.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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