Forget everything you thought you knew about unicorns and maidens...
A unicorn is not supposed to survive the death of its rider, but Majherri did. Now he is a pariah, mistrusted by the Greater Herd. To reclaim his lost honor and status, he will entrust the remnants of his life to a new human female while unraveling the mystery of his continued existence.
Kayleigh Reese is not Battle Maiden material. She's three years older than any other recruit and has enjoyed a peaceful, nomadic life working with her artist mother. The rigors of joining the High-King's elite unicorn cavalry are clearly not for her. Now, with a bond to Majherri, she must overcome her mother's disapproval, the ire of her commanding officer and fellow trainees, and, most importantly, the secrets of her unicorn's past if she is to become a legendary warrior. To prevail, they must quickly come together as a team and unlock the powerful and dangerous magic inside them.
©2011-2015 David Wood- Gryphonwood Press (P)2011 David Wood
Perhaps the writer ,NEVER the reader.
The story had some merit, but couldn't finish because her voices were like listening to sesame street puppets(only worse)!
I have never given a negative review before ,but this was really awful!
I'd read the second book in the spirals of destiny series. I definitely wouldn't listen to it if Christine Padovan were reading. I have absolutely no desire to listen to another book she reads. Ever.
Christine Padovan's performance was way too mechanical, extremely forced, and completely unconvincing. It was very amateur. Her awful performance kept wrenching me out of the action, and it's a credit to Jim Bernheimer's story--which was very good--that I suffered through her reading for the entire book.
Liked: creative construct
Disliked: reader's performance
Very poor voice adjustments for different characters (too high, whiny); no adjustment in tone for emotion or (intended) delivery speed during dialogue; stilted
Yes by the author. None by the narrator.
Don't know,. Couldn't finish the book.
I'm not a particularly picky listener, usually if the story is good I can "soldier on." Not so with this book.
It seemed that she wasn't familiar with the material prior to performing. Accents in wrong places, terrible supporting character voices, stilted narration.
Rip out my ear buds and bang my head against the wall.
Too bad, I think this is a pretty good YA story, no Mary Sue's. Will look for print version.
I always listen to the beginning of a book before purchase to see if I can live with the voice and the delivery of the book. The initial voice was okay for this book, but the secondary characters were horrible. I thought. I was watching a 'lamb chops' TV show with the high pitched shrill voices of the other maidens. Then it was hard to tell when the unicorn was talking or when Kayla was speaking. The plot was only so-so but the narration made that tedious for me. Even tho I'm slightly interested in what happens next - not so much as to listen to more.
I can't really say if I liked much, the narrator was too annoying. It might be an interesting story, that's why I gave it 2 stars, but I couldn't stand the narrator
Terrible pacing. Annoying pauses.
No idea. I couldn't finish listening.
The audio version of this story might have been salvageable if someone like Kathrine Kellgren had read it. I love how Kellgren reads characters and you can tell right away who is talking. Padovan basically did two voices for this reading, one was tolerable and the other was high pitched, squeaky and annoying. If she'd just read it all in her regular voice it would have at least been less painful.
Since I like to listen to audio books while drawing or working on something else, I at least don't feel like I wasted time. It ended up just being background noise for the most part though.
The lead character isn't the typical "Mary Sue" at least. She gets to have special powers and be better at everything than she should be, but a lot of people don't like her because of it. The reason I'd still call her a Mary Sue is that most of the characters that don't like her are portrayed as massive jerks. Basically, anyone she gets along with is good, anyone who doesn't like her is bad.
The world of the story sounds really interesting. But we don't get to find out very much about it because the main character spends too much time whining about wanting to fit in and what a poor little special snowflake she is. At the beginning of the story, I thought I might like her. By the end, if I'd been a unicorn, I'd have bucked her into oblivion.
I would get a different narrator.
It was different, and interesting.
With every word. She was unenthusiastic with the story, monotone, and her voices for characters were laaaaaaaaame.
Hopefully they will change the narrator for the other books in the series.
This is a good story almost ruined by a very inept, childish performance by the narrator. I wanted to change my rating to 3 stars, but I couldn't. The story was good enough to make me grit my teeth and suffer through her performance, but only a change of narrator induced me to get the 2nd book on audio. Why no one told her to just read the book well, with expression, instead of making adult, female warriors sound like 5 year olds is beyond me.
the narrator, her voice were awful.
no.. I will read the rest of this series for myself
the story was interesting..
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