A wizard, a drunkard, and a thief - three strangers who must learn to work together or Ischia is lost beneath a sea of lava. But Aaron, the thief, is hiding more than stolen jewels. Chandra, the wizard, is running from a political marriage. And Darvish, the prince Chandra is intended to marry and the man Aaron has hidden the most from, well, Darvish really needs a drink. Before they can hope to save Ischia, they must save themselves.
©1990 Tanya Huff (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Tanya Huff is just really *good* at this, even in her earlier books it's possible to find enjoyable characters and an interesting and well thought out story.
Some elements are predictable and spelled out but overall just a fun listen and worth the credit (although it's only 11ish hours and not the 22 it was marked as, this seems like a weird bug audible, because I'm sure I've seen it happen before).
When I want something with strong female characters, no limits on sexual preferences and stories of emotional turmoil followed by a happy ending, I read Tanya Huff. Her worlds are refreshingly accepting except for the bad guys of course. This story has emotionally tormented characters with depth. They grow and change and learn about themselves. There's action too. It can be humorous at times too. For me this was a satisfying story. However I didn't care for the narrator. He was adequate but towards the middle he suddenly became inconsistent with strange pauses. He also changed the tone of one of the male characters to something more feminine then back to his original voice toward the end of the book. His female characters were a little too high pitched for my taste too. I didn't care for his narrative style for the parts without dialog. I was able to focus on the story and ignore my dislike of the narrator because he wasn't bad just not great either. Overall an enjoyable fun story with a so so narrator.
Was going to continuing listening to another book but ended up listening to an old favorite while to/from work. I just couldn't resist.
I love the balance between Aaron, Chandra and Darvish. They are perfect together in this quest to find themselves as well as save Darvish's country. It is still believable and nice to read how the relationship of the three strengthens through the trip and eventually heals all of them. Although this is my first time to "listen" to the book, I read this book numerous times since I first read this decades ago. It's still gold!
OMG just found that this is out in audiobook at Audible.
One of my favorite Tanya Huff book! Should I or should I not? that is the problem. It could be a wonderful comfort listen if the narrator is good.... Hmmm FT/MM and has a nice strong female character... just like a good Yaoi manga.....
Ack! I am getting this. LOL resistance is futile
Fantasy Heist Adventure
The characters were all well-rounded people with interesting motivations. The setting was also a richly-realized tapestry with the ring of authenticity to it, and avoids many weary cliches of Yee Medieval European Knockoff
The different voices for characters were well and true.
This was a real page-turner for me. I had to force myself to alternate with other stories to draw out the enjoyment.
This may be the best thing Tanya Huff's ever written.
An old fashioned short fantasy tale that still stands the test of time for me. It's funny, well-written and you can't help fall in love with the 3 main characters.
The story is unbeatable
When he's doing straight narration, he's fine. The moment he does a "voice", he tanks. All the women are done in a horrid falsetto. Dervish has a funky thick middle-eastern/Spanish accent, despite the fact that the entire rest of his family has no accent. Local military ships captains have thick Irish accents. I doubt I'll be able to listen to the rest. I've listened to more than half. It's too painful. If he could just read it and not try to perform.
Hensel's"voices" made me cringe and weep.
New narrator? Please?
I read too much, like most genre, & am picky about narrators. I like strong characters, great dialogue, & quirky bits!
I don't like enhanced format, it won't download to my Blackberry for 'on the road' listening. I didn't notice it before downloading but am unhappy about it now. Book is probably fine, but I have fallen asleep within the first 2 chapters 4 times...slow starter. I love Tanya Huff's work, usually, and I hope this one will warm up. BUT please notice the lack of choice in formating. It doesn't warn you even if you have a default preference, just downloads the enhanced and off you go.
I have always loved to read. Discovering audible has been great for a multitasker! Sorry for any misspells on reviews!
1. Was stated to be 22 hours, was only 11
2. listened for a short time, not impressed with main character being homosexual, if I had known I would not of purchased the book. Srry mean no offense but as a heterosexual female I am just not interested in reading how a man falls in love with a man. I just cannot relate to the characters.
3. Audible will not let me automatically return the book, so much for satisfaction guarantee
4. The narrator sounded like he was doing a good job. I would listen to him reading a book in my interest category
"A Fun Frolic"
Yes I would. As to why? This is a fun book, and the narrator does a fair job of telling the story.
The three main characters were so well written that they could almost be real people, with all the flaws and foibles that real people have. I also loved the humour. Even though not everything in the garden was rosy, there was a great deal of fun, and laughter to be had from this story.
I liked the drunken prince, Darvish. But I also like the thief Aaron. I wasn't very fond of the wizard Chandra.
Same as the tag line for this review. A Fun Frolic
I read this book years ago, and really enjoyed it. I don't often read single books, preferring series to stand alone stories. I really liked the characters of Darvish and Aaron, both very different on the surface, but so very similar underneath. I would like to thank Bill Hensel for doing a passable job of reading this book, though I do wonder about some of the odd pauses in strange places. That said he did give the characters, all of them, a sense of individuality, so that the listener could distinguish between the various characters easily and also infused the story with the humour it was supposed to contain. So many of my favorite books have been ruined in this format by terrible narrators, I was so relieved that this one was done as well as it was. All told, a keeper this one. I'll very likely listen to this again at some point, Well done.
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