©2006 Mercedes Lackey; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
I love this author, and this series in particular. You can tell she does a lot of research to create a historically accurate setting for her tales to juxtapose the magic, which she also seeks to ground in lore and fact. The narrator, however, is not my favorite. Her accents are terrible, and there is always a sense that she has not read the story in advance. She stumbles over foreign words and those she does not know (it's always easy to tell when she doesn't) and often puts the wrong emphasis on syllables in a word or words in a sentence, as if she is reading without full comprehension. She's tolerable and not the worst I've ever heard by any means, but it's hard to lose oneself in the story if the narrator isn't guiding properly.
Only if she does another in this series, because the books are good enough to put up with her slightly clumsy style of narrating.
Yes, despite the narrator. I love this book enough to own both a physical copy and the audiobook, and always enjoy re-reading or listening to it again.
I love the humor to this one, and the manner in which the title is evoked from the story itself is masterly! A nice evocation of "Puss in Boots!"
This book is typical of the series and quite an enjoyable tale however the narrator was seriously lacking. Not meaning to be absolutely insulting to her but is English her second language? Forgive me but it certainly took away from enjoying the story when I was left wondering why certain phrases were recited in a certain way.
Fun, fresh, satisfying.
This isn't serious literature, but a delightful romp for the imagination. If too much reality is leaving a bad taste in your mind, listen to this book for a sweet and light-hearted reimagining of the Puss in Boots concept. I didn't cry, but I grew quite fond of the main characters and laughed a lot.
"Not well read"
The book is charming, but I would not purchase another book read by this narrator. She seems to me to read the words rather than the story.
"A favourite author"
Mercedes Lackey is an author I found by happy accident. Not suitable for people who like a lot of depth to their reading, but an enjoyable escape from reality. I discovered fantasy fiction after retirement, having been introduced to it by my daughter, and I must say I am enjoying this new branch of literature. It's not often you discover something so refreshingly new at my age.
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