©2004 Trudi Canavan; (P)2004 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
"The first part of the Black Magician Trilogy, this captivating tale has already been hailed by critics as a 'must for lovers of good fantasy'." (Marie Claire)
No. I am a highly imaginative person. So whenever I read a book, I am sucked into it's pages and transported into the vibrant world behind the pen and ink! An audio book is somewhat limiting in the respect that you are at the mercy of the spell woven by someone else. In this case, I do not generally care for the person that vocally spins the tale of the Magician's Guild. However, it does not put one of so much as to make you stop listening all together. Because I love the story and the characters that much, I am still able to enjoy the audio version. Especially when I do not have time to sit and read it.
The most intoxicating thing about this book is the characters and the character development. The first book may start out just a bit slow, but the next thing you know, you're compelled to know more about each and every character, most especially the High Lord. I think this character most draws me in and wraps me in a cloak of intrigue and anticipation!
This was the first time I'd listened to Richard Aspel. He does try to bring you in and make each voice unique. But I find his voice to be whiney and nasally, and not at all how I envisioned any of the character's voices.
Oh, I have been wishing and hoping for a film from this trilogy so badly!! I'm not even sure how to begin to come up with a tag line. There's just so much to say and a tag line just seems to not be able to pull you in to everything you'll be amazed by! Maybe something like, "One lone vagrant, stirred by the Purge, sets in motion the path to a great battle and the potential downfall of the mighty Guild."
Read it, it's amazing!
The slow pace - it takes a long time for the main character to move on from her initial setting.
Possibly, but would definitely read reviews (here & Amazon) to determine if it's worth another try.
As before, the plot moves very slowly & it seems chapters are repetitive action. I have felt more engaged with the "slum/ underground" settings in other series (i.e. Fiest). I listened through, hoping the rest of the series would have more action & expand the world the story is set in.
This book is in the top 5.
This book completely sucked me in, I listened to it while walking, late at night, in the car...loved it!
His voices were wonderful.
The plot was decent but slow at many points, and the characters were shallow and hard to relate to. They felt more puppets, jerking without consistency to the pre-determined plot.
I had to force myself through the first half of this book, but honestly the second half caught my attention and made me willing to try the second one. I have read / listened to other series that are similar and became some of my favorite stories.
This book started out kind of slow but when it picked up, it took me on a whirl wind and hooked me. As soon as I realized the book was nearly over, I had immediately purchased the next two so I could continue the series without delay.
Sonea, because she was the proverbial underdog. She went from rags to riches and learned that she has an important role to play to protect the ones she cared for.
An accent that brought the feeling of old-time and even other-landly feel.
This I would be unable to answer without enough time to think. It would have to be something thorough and befitting such an experience.
This was beautifully written and narrated. I have already recommended this book to a close friend of mine. He doesn't read science fiction but is interested from my suggestion since I mainly stick to science and educational material.
I'm a photographer who spends way too many hours in front of my computer. Audiobook save me from throwing the computer out the window.
The ideas behind the story are good, however the writing just fell short. There is essentially very little plot development that happens in the book. I feel like many authors could have fit this entire novel into 4 chapters and then continued onto a more robust story. There is so much, relatively tedious and repetitive dialogue that many things are left out as well. Character descriptions are limited. I found myself unable to picture many important characters clearly by the end of the novel. For how little happened in the plot of the story I would have expected much more fleshed out descriptions. Overall I enjoyed to story but found the pace frustrating. I am a relatively patient reader/listener I often ignore reviews that complain about pace because I don't mind an author taking their time in order to set the stage but I definitely found this book frustrating. I will probably still listen to the other books in the series because I am curious about the characters and hope that the pace might pick up some in the following books. But I wont be going into them expecting anything extraordinary.
I was entertained by the story and did finally get emotionally caught up in Sonea's welfare. But it took a long time before the story really exposed any emotion from Sonea for me to connect with. And many parts of the story seemed to go on forever, instead of moving to the event that the story was leading up to.
The narrator did an excellent job. I could easily differentiate between characters, and enjoyed the smooth, entertaining narration. I probably will eventually invest in the sequel.
"Good book - shame about the narrator"
I believe this audiobook is let down by the narrator, Richard Aspel. His timing is poor, he uses inappropriate emphasis on sentences and his odd accents distract from the story rather than adding to it.
The book itself is fun and interesting. Some points were repeated too often and I found myself thinking: "yes, I realised that was important the first 5 times it was mentioned". However, the pace of the book picks up in the final third and I am very interested to find out how the lead character, Sonea, develops in the next book.
Thank you Trudi :)
This is the first audio book that I have had to stop listening to because the narrator aggravated me so much,
I will buy the books and read them instead
"Fantastic book - terrible narrator"
Fantastic story - all of the books by trudi canavan have captivated and held my attention through reading and re-reading!
If you don't mind heavy breathing and continuous gulping you will like this audio book - when listening I find the heaving breathing and the additional mouth noises incredible irritating to a fantastic story
For the story yes but with a different narrator
With a female lead character a female narrator would be better and one who was not so annoying in the recording - a male narrator like Stephen fry would not produce so many irritating additional noises in the recording - I wish the audio book was one I could enjoy as many times as harry potter - the story should allow all the books to be - but the choice of narrator is very poor
"Worst Narrator Ever"
I love the Black Magician's Trilogy. I've read it (and all other Trudi Canavan books) countless times. So when I had a lot of walking-to-work coming up I thought that rather than read the series again, I'd listen to it, and so downloaded The Magician's Guild.
What a mistake. Don't bother with this.
The narrator has a voice like a petulant, spoilt brat and I couldn't stand her whining.
That I even "listened" to a whole hour of this boils down to the fact that I left the room and watched the news to escape the awful sound.
This was my first Audible purchase and it put me off so much that I deactivated my account as soon as I could get back online. I've only just come back now after a friend convinced me that not all books were so terrible as this one.
But this audio book was a waste of time and money for me.
"Awesome story - bad narrating"
I would definitely not, the books are very well written, and whilst some people think that the beginning of this first book is slow, I don't think that it is so slow that it puts anyone off. It sets the scene and has some very good character development. I have the paper version of these books, and downloaded the audio as I have started listening to stories to send me to sleep... though it is almost hard to sleep listening to these as the stories are sooo good!! Personally, I prefer reading as I can then give the characters my own voices and personality parts, I was not a fan of how they were portrayed in this audio book.
In the written version, Sonea. In the narrated by Richard Aspel version - I will say the whole story, despite how much i disliked the narrator. I found it very difficult to appreciate the weird voices that Richard put on, especially his version of Sonea which I found very annoying. She is supposed to be a proud, brave young girl and Richard voiced her as a pathetic weakling which i found awful!
As annoying as I found Richard Aspel, I have downloaded the second book in the series 'The Novice' and will also get the third. This series is one of my favourite sets of books and I refuse to let the narrator put me off! I hope there is a different narrator for the 'Age of The Five' books as by then it may have become too much, and I don't want to risk Richard Aspel ruining Auraya for me too!
however the guy reading it pauses for around 4 seconds at the end of every sentence it makes it so hard to listen too! I've been making my way through the Terry Goodkind books and so far they have been brilliant and I fancied something new. Ive read the book and loved it, but this is unlistenable
I love fantasy, and the level of detail Canavan puts into Sonea's world is brilliant.
It is beautifully written, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it after having read it back at the start of high school!
Anyone who likes Rowling, Tolkien, C.S. Lewis' Narnia and Gaiman will appreciate this series!
"Great story, narrator takes some getting used to"
No, print books are always best but audio is good for while doing other stuff.
Takes some getting used to
Narrators voice is annoying , he uses corny accents for the characters and the accents he uses are inconsistent (particularly between books in the trilogy) meaning he takes a while to get used to.
Book itself is excellent.
"Great Audio Book"
I really enjoyed this audio book and I'm not really a fan of the Genre. It takes a little while to warm to the story but stick at it as very soon you'll be enthralled. The second book is possibly even better, and I?m really looking forward to when audible to have the 3rd unabridged book in the trilogy.
"A book suitable for adults and children"
This is a great fantasy/sc fi book, which is suitable for all ages. The narrator was brilliant....he helped me to visualize the individual characters. The story is about Sonea who has magic but doesn't realise it. When she accidently uses it, the Magicians Guild start to look for her, and suddenly she becomes the most wanted person in town. I highly recommend this especially to younger readers...it is a great start into this genre.
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