From the author of the best-selling Blood books, a brilliant new tale of shape-changers, mages, soothsayers, and a power-mad emperor.
The Empire has declared war on the small, were-ruled kingdom of Aydori, capturing five women of the Mage-Pack, including the wife of the were Pack-leader. With the Pack off defending the border, it falls to Mirian Maylin and Tomas Hagen - she a low-level mage, he younger brother to the Pack-leader - to save them. Together the two set out on the kidnappers’ trail, racing into the heart of enemy territory. But with every step the odds against their survival, let alone their success, grow steeper....
©2012 Tanya Huff (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I owned the paperback, and was excited to see an audio version--then listened to the sample. It took months for me to overcome my horror, and actually purchase it; more months before I could convince myself to load it onto my mp3 player. Finally, I loaded a couple of new books, and told myself I'd give it a couple of miles of my walk, at least, before I gave up on it completely. Soooo glad I did! The narrative settles down, the 17 year old male's voice loses a few decades (even if the 28 year old inherits a close relative of the same voice), and the the narrator actually adds something to the overall experience! (I wavered, but in the end gave her a 4 since most of the book is quite easy to listen to.)
Just grit your teeth through the uneven narration at the beginning. The rest of the book is worth your time and money!
This was so badly read I couldn't even pay attion to the story. I love Tanya so I'll give the story one more shot by reading it but don't waist your money.
Audiobook No. Novel Yes. The story is great, but this reading is almost unlistenable. Did not finish listening to it.
Having Siri read it out loud would probably have given a better performance. I have never heard such a flat, wooden, uninteresting performance from a "professional" reader.
I love love loved the novel, & wanted to listen to it on a long drive. Bought this without checking the sample first. Big mistake. Great story, I recommend it highly, but not in this format. Read the book.
Also China Miéville, Peter Hamilton, good space-opera, No Zombies, Apocalypses, Women who sigh and go weak at the knees when seeing a man!
At first the narrator grated on me like a cheese grater. It took a solid 35 minutes (thus the title), of listening, and three tries at the book, but I simply couldn't believe Tanya Huff could write a terrible book and choose a hideous narrator to boot, so I gave it those three tries and finally, the for me, magical 35 minutes. At that point I forgot about the narrator completely and got lost in the book, and listed to it pretty much straight through. It turned out that the narrator did a great job giving voice to wolves and young ladies, and soldiers and ruffians! I was, in the end, totally impressed!
The story is very good, combining a world in the midst of industrialization and a nation state run by The Pack, werewolves who are fairly civilized but still pack dominated, and what happens when the more industrialized Empire and they go to war. That's the first chapter or so. Things become more magic oriented and interesting after that, and it's a good novel, solid and filled with great characters. Not Huff's best work, but certainly an interesting world with much potential and I wouldn't mind a few more novels set therein.
narration is a bit flat, attempts at male voices are just raspy. but a seriously excellent book. I usually only listen in the car, but I had to keep playing this one even inside
This review is mostly for the quality of the audiobook, not the book itself. The book is great. However, the narrator of this book is painful to listen to. I only made it 10 minutes in before I couldn't stand if any more. There are wierd pacing issues, pausing in the middle of sentences, and just something odd about the way it's read. It sounds almost like the narrator was reading the material for the first time. the character's voices have little to no inflection and are very hard to tell apart from the non dialogue reading. Definitely not my favorite reader.
I was absolutely delighted and engaged right from the beginning. Could not put it down. Tanya Huff excelled in her story telling.
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