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.
I just finished reading all 3 books and I am crazy about the series! One thing that I really appreciated in this book is the friendships within the mercenary troop. The Duke is kind (you will discover why in the 3rd book) and so the troops are very loyal. Paks develops into an amazing fighter due to her drive to practice and improve. This story is full of adventure and fighting to set up the stories that follow in the next 2 books.
I will certainly listen to this book and the others of the series. I could hardly wait to see what comes next.
A good read.
Paks, of course, because the development of the character shows just the right amount of detail, and makes you want to know what will happen to her.
Get the two other books, because you'll want to continue listening right away, I know I did.
The book itself is ok. It is the first of a three part series that is written as one book, in other words, you don't lose any time between books. I like that. When I read trilogies I like there to be a steady rise throughout the trilogy as a whole to a great climax at the end of the series. This trilogy delivers that. Each book gets better and better. Unfortunately, because of the single-book-split-into-three technique used here, I felt like the first one didn't have a very good story arc in and of itself. Maybe it is just my opinion. If you get through the first, the other two were good. I will note that the transition to book 2 might not make you want to read book 2. It doesn't give very many hints of what is coming so it almost feels like a separate story. Alternatively, if you get through book 2, you will want to have book 3 readily handy because it leaves you with a little bit of a cliffhanger.
Unfortunately, what I can't support is the narration of this particular audiobook. Jennifer Van Dyck just wasn't able to capture the protagonist properly at all. The story centers on the sheepfarmers daughter. Paks is 18 or 19 when she runs away from home and joins a mercenary company. Think with me for a second. A medieval-esqe/dungeons & dragons world, with a 19 year old girl (who is also incredibly naieve at first) in a mercenary company. Would you expect that to make her timid and indecisive? The whole first book the narrator makes her sound somehow timid and weak by using a more breathy tone than she does for some of the other characters. Most of the others were ok, but I just couldn't get around how weak, timid and indecisive way that Paks was read. I switched to the books for the second two and it made all the difference. In my head, she is strong and bold and she talks like it.
Just my two bits. Not saying you can't listen to the audiobook just fine, I just found myself constantly re-adjusting what I heard to what I thought it might actually be like, based on her actions, rather than the tone it was read in.
I have this series in paperback, have read it numerous times, so I do enjoy the story. The narrator is very distracting. As she reads the back ground, the descriptions she has a cadence that I had to check to make sure that the speed wasn't upped by accident. I've even attempted to take it down a notch so it sounds better. The problem with that is when she reads dialog she does so at a normal pace, which then throws off the adjusted speed of the recording. It's frustrating to the least. If this wasn't a series I know I like the story, I wouldn't continue and I certainly won't get a new to me series if she's narrating.
The Way Elizabeth Moon developed Paksenarrion and how Jennifer Van Dyck brought her to life. I have previously read this series and loved it, now I love it even more.
Paksenarrion of Course!!!
I havn't, but I'm gonna look for her now:)
This book is the begining of a wonderful journey, held me spellbound and made it hard for me to want to get anything else done.
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Nothing really happened in the first 3 hours. The narrator was also distracting. She made the main character seem flat and dull. Her voices for other characters were just irritating. I love sci-fi, but there wasn't any here. It was just boring with no real character development. The main character had no redeeming qualities.
No. I have read this series in the past and thought I would like to listen to it. I just found the narration too irritating to listen to. Ever.
Sure. It's not going to change your life but it's a interesting story that was surprisingly easy to listen to. The narrator did a good job with the accents but did not do much in terms of creating good atmosphere for different scenes.
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.
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