©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)
I believe this is aimed at a youth market. It doesn't develop a story quickly enough for a reader like me, and I believe that is a handicap for the youth market. Too much of the book is taken up with explaining a world of fantasy, and the main character spends most of the book running and hiding long after the reader wants resolution, even if it means she is caught. The narrator, Richard Aspel, is effective.
When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
What a story! Yet it becomes as slow as Bram Stoker's Dracula at places. Irrespective of this flaw, Canavan is able to engulf the listener in her fantasy world.
I would suggest the abridged audio book read by Samantha Bond over and against this reading by Richard Aspel. I found his accent at some places difficult, also his pronunciation of the names of the characters sounded improbable. Bond's interpretation gives so much more life to the story.
The story itself is good, although it seems like I've heard it before somewhere. The story could have gone in other directions to make it more exciting. I'm glad that I bought it on a $4.95 special. Maybe when the next special is run, I'll get the next 2 books and finish the series. Listen to it if you can get it on sale.
I am less than 1/2 through this book and am having a very hard time listening to it. The narrator is very hard to listen to. The story I HOPE will get better. I will listen because I paid for it.....but struggling!!
This book was a disappointment especially after reading Jim Butcher's series "The Furies of Calderon." I said it all in the title for a fantasy adventure this had very little adventure. At half the length it still could not compare to Furies - Read Butchers series if you want great fantasy, action and adventure
The story is definitely quite good, especially for this genre - sure, it's a little cliched (poor child from the slums accidentally discovers s/he has huge magical powers; pursuit ensues; epic battle between good and evil changes a society in which magicians can move things with their minds but no one has managed to invent, say, central heating yet) but it's fairly well-written and character development is good.
However, the reader - Richard Aspel - isn't all that great. Some reviewers have criticized his 'raspy' voice and accents, but those aren't the problem. It's that the best readers tend also to be good actors - think Ian Carmichael, Jonathan Cecil, Anton Lesser - and this guy just isn't. When you're reading, it's REALLY important to put the stresses on the right words/syllables (even a sentence like "That's great!" can be read in a whole lot of different ways, all of which change the meaning), and I think part of the problem other people were having with this was that Aspel wasn't putting the right inflection into the words. It doesn't ruin it or anything - it's just that it could be a lot better.
Is this going to be your favourite audiobook ever? Unlikely. But if you like the genre, you could do a lot worse than this one.
I neglected hearth and home to finish as quickly as possible and it was well worth it!!
This book is young adult, or pre teen and awful. The narrator is also one of those awkward pause guys. If you listen to this book at 1.25 speed it sounds more like the speed at which people normally talk. I wish Audible would list somewhere on the books description page that a book is YA or pre teen.
I am married with a teenage son and run my own business. As I am visually impaired, audio books are my life.
After listening to the first I had to listen to this one. I enjoyed the first and enjoyed this one as well. If you're looking for racy action it's not here. But it is a detailed storyline and sometimes I drifted away. Still worth a read
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