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Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1 | [Elizabeth Moon]

Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.
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Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

©1988 Elizabeth Moon (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer SPRING CITY, PA, United States 09-05-12
    Amazon Customer SPRING CITY, PA, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love this audiobook!!!"
    Would you listen to Sheepfarmer’s Daughter again? Why?

    I have listened to the Sheepfarmer's Daughter several times already. I love the story and the way that it is read.


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    Ida 09-03-12
    Ida 09-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A human heroine"

    I picked this up after reading other recommendations and all I can say is thank you to the folks that wrote those reviews. This is the best of the Deeds of Paksenarrion series and it can stand by itself quite nicely if you don't like series.

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    Erika a.k.a. Graysong Colorado 08-24-12
    Erika a.k.a. Graysong Colorado 08-24-12
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    "From the Bill Shatner School of Performing Art"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Just. Too. Shatnery.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    The story written by Ms. Moon is an excellent and realistic story of a young girl learning to be a soldier, and perhaps more ... Realistic for all that this is a fantasy work. The world is rich and true and the life of a mercenary soldier is real, from digging latrine trenches to the choking dust of battle. Yet this story is so much more, and only the beginning of Paksennarrion Dorthansdotter's journey to becoming a Paladin.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    The woman must have been trained by William Shatner himself ... I can't tell. You how. Terribly frustrating the stopping. And starting. Within virtually every sentence. Can become.

    (bangs head repeatedly)

    Also, Ms. van Dyck pronounces Paks' name as "Pocks", a very jarring and irritating thing to hear after twenty years of 'hearing' Paks' name in my head as "Packs". I'll grit my teeth and bear it, but when coupled with the Shatner School delivery, it makes me regret the purchase.

    Do yourself a favor ... Get the written version.


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    Mary 08-06-12
    Mary 08-06-12
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    "Sheepfarmer's Daughter is great"
    Would you try another book from Elizabeth Moon and/or Jennifer Van Dyck?

    Yes


    What could Elizabeth Moon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Loved the book decades ago when it was first published, still love it. Can't see how Moon could have made it better.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It is so well done for Audible, I can't think of anything that would have made it better. Jennifer Van Dyck is a great reader.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Spurred excitement and a desire to know what happens next.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the depth of her characters. Was anxious to get the next installments (which I did, and loved)

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    Jason Sherwood, OR, United States 07-31-12
    Jason Sherwood, OR, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2005

    Some days you need to take a break from getting better and just enjoy a great tale. Whatever your mood you can find it here at Audible.

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    "A good epic - an excellent introduction to fantasy"

    This was the first fantasy I read while growing up. It got me hooked on the genre. I just wish that other authors created main characters that were as likable as Paks. My only disappointment was that I felt the narrator didn't quite do the story justice. By the third book she'd grown on me but I didn't care for her rendition of one of my all time favorite fantasy epics. This is a classic story where the distinction between good and evil is clear and consistent.

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    George Harlingen Tx., TX, United States 06-26-12
    George Harlingen Tx., TX, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A modern day fairy tale"
    What made the experience of listening to Sheepfarmer’s Daughter the most enjoyable?

    The surprising twists and turns in the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How magic was brought ito it.


    What about Jennifer Van Dyck’s performance did you like?

    The emotion she showed in her voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Pox had to leave her friends, so she could get the information to the Duke.


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    Monika 06-14-12
    Monika 06-14-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book!"

    This is the kind of book that due to the names of the characters and places, I would have put away because I have a hard time figuring out how to pronounce them. Having this book in audio showed me what I was missing out. The characters in this book were very likeable and the reader made them even more so. I am looking forward to the next book...

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    Patrick 06-03-12
    Patrick 06-03-12
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    "Woman warrior gets it done"
    If you could sum up Sheepfarmer’s Daughter in three words, what would they be?

    Fantasy that works


    What did you like best about this story?

    Skillful use of the fantasy genre bring the time, place, and story alive


    What about Jennifer Van Dyck’s performance did you like?

    Voice of each character is distinctive yet the reader's device is unobtrusive. Great oral characterization of Paks animates the 'heroine.'


    Any additional comments?

    The author's story, characters, and fantasy setting -- through a skillful reading -- results in the best kind of audiobook experience where all elements combine and transport the listener to another reality.

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    Abigail L. Oconnell Sunnyvale, CA 05-24-12
    Abigail L. Oconnell Sunnyvale, CA 05-24-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Great Series!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paks is such a wonderful character...a woman warrior with a strong sense of right and wrong as well as her own inner compass. Great role model for young ladies reading this book.


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    Amazon Customer Lovettsville, VA, United States 05-13-12
    Amazon Customer Lovettsville, VA, United States 05-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Heroes-visions of courage-good vs evil-brilliant!"
    What did you love best about Sheepfarmer’s Daughter?

    What’s wrong with a great book filled with heroes, visions of courage and the immortal fight between good and evil?


    What did you like best about this story?

    Now, imagine such a book written with knowledge of military strategy, feudal campaigns, logistics, the training of peasants and the young in general, and the impact of magic and leadership on troops and strategy. Intrigued?Even if that were not enough, imagine such realism combined with yet another coming of age story… but this one combines the growth of wisdom that comes with age with the growth of a solder from an 18 year old run-away to a veteran campaigner. We the reader feel like we’ve grown up with her – as her shadow.O.K. So far we’ve got: a great story line, a youth with enough raw talent that we all can (or want to) relate to, believable battles and a universe populated with a culture that ties together so well with the story line that you can feel you to are the common solder – right down to the dust on the road pebbling your skin, the taste of the sand in your mouth, the stone in your boot and the sun beating down on you as you stand in formation, shivering before your first battle. I admit it. I’ve read The Deeds of Paksenarrion many, many times. I’ve given it away to friends, I’ve read it aloud to my children, I’ve had the books swiped from me by each of my children as they’ve grown up and established their own families. (I’ve swiped the books back with malice and forethought, too – playing the continuous family game of who took my Elizabeth Moon/Neal Stephenson/Orson Scott Card/Martha Wells/Walter Jon Williams/Robin McKinley….etc)
    But what about Jennifer Van Dyck, the Narrator?
    She is soooo good, she makes my head swim. Please believe me, Paksenarrion is a close family member in our household. Jennifer treats Paksenarrion with joy, respect, vibrancy, and cunning interpretation. She never, ever, pulls you out of the story due to over acting, underacting or a false interpretation that doesn’t ring true. Lovely and satisfying.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Paksenarrion speaking with the Duke for the first time was a lovely scene.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The deeds of Paksenarrion gets listened to in the car, in my office, as I do dishes, as I get dressed and and any other time it is possible - because it is so hard to put away!


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