©1987 Katherine Kurtz; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
I've read this book and all of Kurtz's Deryni books many times. This narrator could easily ruin it for me. He o-ver e-nun-ci-ates, which would be good for some readers, I guess, but not for me.
The narration is blocky and sounds as if it is if there is a period after most words. While the diversity in voices by the narrator are good, the voices themselves are anoying. The plot is ok but the actual writing is fairly cliche.
Fine- despite the criticism I have for the book, the ending made me want to know what the next book would hold.
(see what I would change about the book)
It would make a much better movie (if done well) than book.
No, it is not better.
Well developed characters
Morgan's voice is wrong.
It always makes me cry.
The reader made mistakes in some places.
Yes, with reservations about the narration in particular. Also, by today's standards, the story might be considered a bit stilted, but these have been favorites of mine since they were first published, and they are good tales, with fine characters and a lot of excellent research behind them.
Hard to choose. Kelson, of course; Dhugal has a great role here. Saying more could be a spoiler.
Simon Vance, John Lee, Dick Hill, many others. Anyone who can do different voices well and who knows how to sound like a Highlander. Nick Sullivan over-enunciates often; seems to have made some particularly odd choices for voices for some of the characters - Alaric Morgan's deep voice is awkward and flattened, Bishop Arilan sounds quavery when he's young and active; didn't do his homework about the Latin words; and is especially awful with the Highland accent.
I like to think I'll buy the rest of this trilogy, but I really get annoyed at Nick Sullivan's reading.
Thanks for getting these books into audio.
this is a very good book. i have enjoyed listening to it.
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