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.
Sooner or later, it all gets real!
No fault of the narrator. Could only listen to the first part of the narration. The story never captures the attention and is incredibly slow. It suffers from not knowing if it is an adventure story or a misplaced romance novel with only one protagonist.
No I would not. After reading this book you have no real clear understanding of the fantasy world they live in, either it's boundaries or customs. You have very little depth of attachment to even the characters you do get to encounter.
You really don't even know the main character or care about her even a little bit at the end of this so called story.
The fact that nothing really happens, you don't care at all what happens and that you just want it to end. I'm really surprised I got to the end. When the protagonist get's in a bit of trouble at the end you really could care less if she is eaten by wolves or makes it back.
You don't know her at all, and thus just have a distant interest in the fact that at least something is happening in the story.
It's been over a month, I have forgotten every character in the book. Is character too strong of a word for this?
The narrator was good. Good narration and I wouldn't hesitate to read another book read by this narrator
rambunctiously soft spoken.
This started of very well I enjoyed the first half a lot the attention to detail is insane I could smell the wet mud and fell the chill in the air, Hats very much of to the narrator there is a telephone book of characters in this book and she gives every one a personality.
Pox as she is come to been know as you go though is a solider and nothing more really,the story goes of on weird tangents that seem to want to go some where but never do.Maybe in the next books thous tangents will make sense but I don't know if I will be downloading it.
being dyslexic, I never read allot but I loved books...doesn't mix right? NOPE...wrong...Audible allows me to "read" at a pace that works for me and they have a great selection of books to keep me interested. I'm a fiction , sci-fi, and adventure books with strong female characters reader. I have been on a Vampire kick lately so female protags have been on my list.
Not based on this book, no.
It was slow and boring. I WANTED to like it...but it just was boring and I never got "into" the character to care about her.
The reason I like any book is when the author let's me visualize another world and another time; this book does a great job of pulling you in and immersing you in the life of the main character. It's exciting and interesting but not always following the obvious plot of a hero story.
Well I'm not done yet, only 3/4, but while driving back on a 3 hour trip I was struck by goosebumps and tears so many times during Pax's plight to inform the Duke of the approaching enemy.
Pax, of course.
Well, maybe not 1 sitting as it is rather long, but it so good that I look forward to my next listen.
A reading or listening recommendation: Dragonflight (trilogy) by Anne McCraffrey. I'm reading this right now (when I'm not listening to Sheepfarmer's Daughter) and it almost seems as if these 2 stories are taking place in the same time but maybe at opposite ends of the world.
An avid reader with not enough time on his hands any more but lots of commuting time!
Absolutely this is a wonderful story with a strong narrorator that keeps the listener engaged without being over dramatic to the point of rediculous.
This series, while not truely on the exact level reminds me strongly of The Lord of the Rings saga in that it is told in a style of classic fantasy with a strong lead character who just happens to be a stong female lead as well.
The opening scene is very well composed with Pax leaving her home in rebellion it lays out the dramatica of the first book in a classic format the both displays the classica styling of the novel and in itself is a strongly laid out literary piece.
I dont want to give away too much but Pax's trial and the events leading up too it were compelling and well written.
I highly recomend this book both for the story itself and for the narrorators tallents. You wont be disapointed.
I have listened to the Sheepfarmer's Daughter several times already. I love the story and the way that it is read.
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.
Just. Too. Shatnery.
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.
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.
Loved the book decades ago when it was first published, still love it. Can't see how Moon could have made it 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.
Spurred excitement and a desire to know what happens next.
I love the depth of her characters. Was anxious to get the next installments (which I did, and loved)
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