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Sacrifice of the Widow Audiobook
Sacrifice of the Widow
Written by: 
Lisa Smedman
Narrated by: 
Dara Rosenberg
Sacrifice of the Widow Audiobook

Sacrifice of the Widow: Forgotten Realms: The Lady Penitent, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Goddesses vie for the soul of people...

Halisstra Melarn, convert to the cause of the goddess Eilistraee, was sent to the deepest depths of the Outer Planes to kill the demon goddess she once worshiped, but instead was transformed into a hideous creature bent to the vengeful will of her former mistress.

For the Queen of the Demonweb Pits not only survived her Silence but evolved into something greater than she was before - something that no longer needs to share the domain she calls her own.

Could it be that the War of the Spider Queen has just begun?

©2007 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Thomas Eubank 05-13-14
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    "Great continuation of War of the Spider Queen"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dara Rosenberg?

    Rosalyn Landor would have been a better choice for the narration. She read all six books of The War of the Spider Queen and her voice would have added consistency to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    While I don't think Dara Rosenberg is the worst narrator that I have every heard, she is clearly out of her depth with the subject matter (this also applies to the Darkwalker on Moonshae Trilogy). Rosalyn Landor, who voiced The War of the Spider Queen, would have given the book just what it needed... the right voice and consistency.

    This should be re-read by Rosalyn in much the same way as R.A. Salvatore's books are all being (re)read by Victor Bevine.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kate McCartin 11-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Really tried! Can't get past narrator."

    I looked forward to this book, having really liked Lisa Smedman's contribution to the War of the Spider Queen series (and this character in particular). And I really tried to listen to it, but this narrator is truly dreadful in this context.
    Really, truly dreadful, like a very cheerful elementary school kid who still has to "Read -- all -- the -- words -- carefully -- in -- case -- there -- is -- A -- problem.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    james 05-10-15
    james 05-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "awful. reader is just awful "

    you cant even focus on the story because the way she stops and she makes it wierd

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gene 01-09-14
    Gene 01-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Worst Performance I've EVER heard!"
    Would you try another book from Lisa Smedman and/or Dara Rosenberg?

    I would and will never try another book performed by Dara Rosenberg.


    What didn’t you like about Dara Rosenberg’s performance?

    I completely agree with the "Good Story, Bad Performance" review. She clearly does not like what she is reading and does not understand the story. I have been listening to audiobooks for years and have hundreds. This is the first I've ever found so poorly read that I can't stand to finish. Lisa Smedman must have been horrified when she heard this. The tone and inflection of her speech is the same as that of a pre-school teacher reading mother goose to three year old children. It is in this voice she describes murder and mayhem taking place in a level of hell. It must be no secret that the performance stinks if there is a specific template question like this in the review form.


    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Philip 12-26-15
    Philip 12-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Terrible Narrator"
    What would have made Sacrifice of the Widow better?

    A different Narrator


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NA


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dara Rosenberg’s performances?

    Never


    What character would you cut from Sacrifice of the Widow?

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first review I have put more effort into than just plopping in some star rankings. I felt I had to put in my two cents to warn others away. The narrator is awful. I have used audible for years, and this is the only narrator I simply just could not stand to listen to. I tried very hard, but just could not even finish it.

    As others have mentioned this narrator reads like she is reading to a group of small children for story time. There are often random upward inflections that grate your ears. Names of people and places are broken down into their syllables like she is trying to teach you how to sound out words. This leads to something that should be just a name sounding like two or more separate words. Overall, the worst performance I have ever heard.

    I hope Audible will re-record these with someone that is skilled in reading these types of books. I love Audible and desperately want to know what happens in this series as the per-cursor to it, War of the Spider Queen, was amazing. Until it is redone with someone else though I am afraid I just cannot stomach it, and may end up just buying or renting a physical copy.

    With all of that in mind I recommend staying away from this narrator, Dara Rosenberg. She will make you hate the series, and detract from what I am sure is a really good read/listen normally. Maybe she thrives in another genre, but this is not it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    charles 11-25-15
    charles 11-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The narrator was jusr bad.
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    She sucked. I felt like it wqs a story for kids. p
    Please , if you want my money find someone new.









    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Ferguson 08-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Dara Rosenberg sounds like a middle school student"

    Dara Rosenberg sounds like a middle school student. perhaps an advanced student, but listening to this entire book, was a chore.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 07-13-13
    Robert Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 07-13-13
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    "Good story..Bad delivery"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The premise of the story is great, the way its read is not..I'd ask the narrator of the War of the spider queen Series to continue on doing this story and it would improve immensely.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    the story itself was good


    What didn’t you like about Dara Rosenberg’s performance?

    The narrator obviously doesn't understand the subject matter. Its like the narrator was reading it to a group of kids at a sunday readying at a library. The tempo is off, pauses in the wrong places, and feels like someone wants to brighten up this dreary drow stuff and make it abit more upbeat.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no..if this reading was a movie..it would be directed by uwe boll featuring linsey lohan


    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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  • Mrs. H. MAMWELL-HOLME
    Leyland, UK
    4/27/16
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    "Story is good but..."

    I enjoyed the story but found the narrator's performance poor. She pauses in strange places, her pronunciation isn't brilliant (I'm English she American so that can be forgiven) and the accents she puts on for different characters seems inconsistent. The recording is obviously edited and the transition between the different edits is jarring at times. Only by this if you're a Forgotten Realms fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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