Rhapsody, n (1542). 1: a portion of an epic poem adapted for recitation. 2, archaic: a miscellaneous collection. 3 a (1): a highly emotional utterance (2): a highly emotional literary work (3): effusively rapturous or extravagant discourse b: rapture, ecstasy. 4: a musical composition of irregular form having an improvisatory character.
Elizabeth Haydon is a major new force in fantasy. Equipped with a quick wit, Haydon has a sharp ear for dialogue, panache with characters, and that essential ability to transport her readers into her own fantastical world--a world so real you can hear the sweet music of Rhapsody's aubade and smell the smoldering forges within the Cauldron.
Rhapsody is a woman, a singer of some talent who is swept up into events of world-shattering import. On the run from an old romantic interest who won't take no for an answer, Rhapsody literally bumps into a couple of shady characters: half breeds who come to her rescue in the nick of time. Only the rescue turns into an abduction, and Rhapsody soon finds herself dragged along on an epic voyage--one that spans centuries and ranges across a wonder-filled fantasy world.
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Looked forward to hearing this book after a long time from reading it. The narrator has an off putting way of drawing out words. His tempo or maybe inflection just doesn't quite hit the ear right, personally. It's a good book that starts a series by Hayden that's impressive, but it falls short here.
Tempo. Inflection. Less, so very less dramatized.
I will NEVER listen to another book narrated by him. He did okay with dialog but his narration was so dramatic that I had a hard time following the story. Dramatic narration is fine when actually called for but not in all the descriptive passages. I recommend listening to the preview before purchasing the audiobook.
I would have given this a 5 star rating since I loved the book when I read it years ago and was looking forward to hearing it but the narration was so dramatic I gave up after six chapters. Terribly disappointed.
I don't understand the complaints on the narrator. He did a good job! Believe me. I've listened to over 420 audio books and omg! There are bad narrators. This man isn't!! He doesn't ruin the story. I almost didn't buy the book because of the complaints on him but the books got such wonderful reviews. I took a chance. I'm so glad I did. Don't judge a book by the reviews of just the narrator! I hope he continues thru the series! I'm buying the series and off on a new adventure!
Was excited to listen to books that are among my favorite reads. At the beginning I did not care for the narration. Thinking he was over-enunciating and exaggeratedly trying too hard. I must admit, as I continued, I got lost in the story and came to appreciate his use of accents as a way of separating characters. I still think he over enunciates but it bothers me less.
Thank you for bringing such a great series to Audible!
Yes, the story is excellent, the characters are the fantastical protagonists we expect in fantasy literature, while still being believable. There is a magic in the story that isn't over described or over used, the characters do have power, but its the characters who define the power instead of the reverse as is too unfortunately common.
The characters. The main three change and develop considerably over the course of even this first book, while still feeling a little broken inside with room to continue to grow and improve. I also like the interplay between them, the Ultimate Pragmatist and the Ultimate Altruist and the third that bridges and balances them. They become more real and relatable as they bounce off each other and chip off the sharp edges.
Every word of every sentence of the entire book was done in the same breathlessly over-enunciated way (if you've ever heard Emo Phillips do stand up, think that, only dead serious instead of trying to be funny). If I had to take a stab at it, I would say its like he tried to record everything in a single take without reading the book first. A description of setting up camp read with the same emotion as describing a bloody battle? It's more than a little off-putting. Also there are several portions of the story where a character is singing, I wound have preferred a sing-song recitation, more a rhythmic chant than actual song and let my imagination do the work, but he actually tried to put it to music, and for the most part it comes across as old church hymns, or I should say an old church hymn as they all sound like the same song. I would have preferred even a normal recitation than jarringly out-of-place singing. I was put off by the narrator before the prologue was done, but I hoped he would grow on me like has happened in the past, for instance I hated James Marsters at the beginning of Storm Front, and by the end of the book, I couldn't imagine anyone else as the voice of the series. I don't see that happening here.
Probably not, this series takes place too much in the thoughts of the characters to do it real justice acted live. Also the characters are described as too fantastical or otherworldly beautiful to do justice with live actors. Could perhaps do a decent job animated, but you'd still lose out on valuable story taking place in the narrative, instead of the actions of the characters.
I recommend that anyone that enjoys fantasy READ these books. Give the audio a pass lest you ruin a great story for yourself with awful voice acting. I personally got over excited as I have been requesting these books be made into audiobooks ever since I first became an audible member years ago, and pre-ordered every single one of them. I wish I could get my credits back. I've been disappointed with some audio books previously but this is the first time I actually want my credits back. I'm not sure I'll even listen to the rest, probably just get out my old paperbacks for another re-read now that I've started the first.
This book sets up the world for a great series. I almost didn't buy it because of the reviews about the narrator. While I admit that I found his cadence tough to get used to, the rest of his reading including accents, voices etc was well done. After over 1500 audio books he is by no means the worst reader I have endured and if he fixed his cadence he could be very good.
Had trouble with the rather pedantic reader. Set to a higher speed, and it improves. This is a slow story. No flash, good character development, occasional surprise. And interesting though not fascinating story. I will buy the next one in the series.
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