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 have read and re-read this series many times, and was looking forward to hearing the audiobook. I was disappointed by the narration, though. While her reading of the non-speech parts was all right, if a little flat at times, I found her expression, odd pronunciations, and inconsistent accents difficult. Duke Phelan, for example, has a standard North American accent except for a couple of inconsistent British vowel sounds. Why? Other oddities: surely Aliam Halveric would have the stresses on the first syllables, rather than the second? (again, inconsistent. Occasionally HALveric, but more often "HalVERic". "SEliam, but "aLIam". I don't know how "Sier" should be pronounced, but "sire" sounds odd. I wonder if Ms. Moon was consulted. These are small things, but they tended to throw me out of the story and back into myself.
I don't think I'll be buying the rest of the series.
There was more detail about mercenary camp life than I cared for. Too much daily life and not enough action. When there was action, it was not as exciting as it should have been. Perhaps that was partly the reader's fault. She would be a wonderful non-fiction reader but she just didn't bring the characters to life like she should have.
A better narrator. I am a gold member and listen to at least 3 to 4 books a month. This is the first review I've written and felt I had to in order to warn other listeners.
Get a narrator that slows down. Don't blink or you may miss an entire paragraph.
Kate Reading or Davina Porter
I don't know as I couldn't get past the first chapter.
I pay good money for the audio books I choose and so I always give the narrator a chance to get better as the book evolves. This is the FIRST time I couldn't do it. She was that bad and that's a shame because the story line seems to be interesting.
I enjoyed the story some places seems to go juvenal yet it was active and looked forward to listening to it.
As with most listeners, its a mental fit of the reader, I did not feel the reader was right for the story feel. It was like she was too feminine for the character, but it was not enough to dislike the story.
you'll just get hooked and buy the other 2 even with this narrator. Gets a little better but NOT MUCH later
Bought these as I was off on a vacation and wanted a long book. It's good, but I found it soporific, I was failing to remember parts of it and having to play it over and over again.
How many times does she say 'I don't know ?' It must be hundreds..
This is my first review, and it is also the first time I have felt strongly enough to write one. Interesting that so many people enjoyed this, and I would certainly not discourage someone from sampling it. HOWEVER, I found this absolutely unreadable. The characters were undeveloped and the story was flat. The narrator did the best she could, with what she had to work with. I have infinite patience with a complex and well considered narrative, and have read a lot of fantasy. However, by part II, I was fast forwarding to get to the end.
I found this book incredibly dull. I am normally quite forgiving of stories with female warriors, but the main character really didn't have enough depth to even SEEM female. None of the characters were compelling, and the "story" was just an endless sequence of mostly meaningless conversations, travelogues, and battles.
I am generally patient with this sort of fantasy, but after a good start this work became just boring. I wonder what age group it was written for. It just seemed to keep driving away at the same points. It was also difficult for me to get into the characters. The reader was good but a bit flat. Perhaps that was the content. Could not finish this book. Sorry not one I would recommend. Try George RR Martins or David Eddings if you want this type of adventure.
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