A half-zythian bard named Vanx is in chains for bedding the Duchess of Highlake. The Duke wants him dead, but his wife secretly sends their daughter to buy his freedom from the slave markets. This is bad news, for bad things can happen to an ill-guarded caravan in the mountains. When the Duke's mercenaries attack to kill the adulterous prisoner all hell breaks loose. Now, the only way Vanx and the Princess of Highlake can escape the Duke and his men is to somehow make it through the Wildwood, a place that no one has ever returned from….
©2012 Michael Robb Mathias Jr. (P)2013 Michael Robb Mathias Jr.
No. The narrator has issues pronouncing simple words, like "liege," "cicada," and "Wyrm." It's like the narrator has read the words, but doesn't know how they sound like. This, in turn, ruins the experience for me. There are no real differences between the characters voices.
Sure. These seem like small books and I'm okay with that as they're fun to read.
Have the narrator learn what the words are so that he can read them properly.
Not really, but it's a decent book.
I would appreciate it if people would listen to these and vet that the audio is correct. Unfortunately that throws off the experience so much.
I love the book I love the author he is fantastic
Yes he is very descriptive and I always feel like I am in the story.
Everything all he did was read the words every character had the same voice. He sounds like he has cotton mouth, I wish they would have someone else narrate this book and all the others that follow.
I never like to write a negative review; most especially when it's about a book I really enjoy. I read this book before buying the audio (I do a lot of driving from time to time, and familiar books are a nice thing to have along the way), and I enjoyed it.
It's not one of M.R. Mathias best, he's still learning the craft. But he has nothing to learn in creating fun characters, fleshing them out, making us care about them, and throwing in twists that make one's head spin.
Sadly, the narrator chosen for this book is the worst I've ever experienced. The pace is incredibly uneven (enough so that it actually changes the meaning of the text at times), the voicing is childish and irritating, and the pronunciation of many words is incorrect.
As much as I love this story, I can't see my way clear to buying any others that feature the services of Mr. Silva. Sorry, sir, but you really need to change careers or find some coaching before you do another book.
As I said, I'll just re-read these books on my Kindle, or wait for a new narrator before buying another.
I haven't seen the print version.
I liked the way one thing happens, then the next, all building toward an end you don't see coming.
I'm not sure
Look at the creature Vanx is riding on the cover. My tagline would be that image with no words.
The story is told in a way that lets you have a bit of info each chapter and that makes the whole story build in intensity.
Matty the one handed whore was the best because she was realistic to the times and not some spoiled princess or hard ass warrior.
Gregory was smooth and consistent, but like all new voices he gets overdramatic at spots.
I was mad because it ends so abruptly, but I purchased book two in the kindle store and I know that the ending of the whole first part is in book two.
Hurry book two along please.
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