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
The person reading the book was so awful I finally had to stop reading it and by the book to finish the story.
The story was good and kept my interest.
All of her female voices other than the normal voice was read in a high (often squeaky) and stilted voice. It made the characters seem like uptight idiots.
Find someone else to read the book.
This could have been an interesting story line if the narrator had been better. I have listened to other young adult series (like the Temeraire Series by Naomi Novik and Dragon Series by EE Knight) and this one is not the best for young adult. Primarily because the narrator over exaggerates the dialogue and makes the characters sound like little girls or worse. Not the best choice for a strong girl image! Perhaps with another narrator this would have been better. The story line seems to be a good one.
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 decide which was worse the writing or the narration.
Some of the different voices sounded ridiculous & grating. It would have been better to have a single voice through out.
The story & characters were stiff, awkward and seemed to follow a check list.
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.
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