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Time of the Dark | [Barbara Hambly]

Time of the Dark

As a student of medieval history, Gil Patterson is a woman familiar with dark stories. She knows well the Crusades, the Black Death, and the other horrors of the Middle Ages, but it is another kind of atrocity that has begun to haunt her dreams. She sees forces of evil assaulting a beleaguered kingdom, whose kind people are on the brink of annihilation, and awakes each morning in a cold sweat. Gil dismisses the dreams until a wizard appears in her apartment. He has crossed into her dimension, passing through the fraying fabric of the universe, to ask her help.
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Publisher's Summary

A murderous force threatens a far-off magical world, and an ordinary Californian is drawn into the battle to save mankind.

As a student of medieval history, Gil Patterson is a woman familiar with dark stories. She knows well the Crusades, the Black Death, and the other horrors of the Middle Ages, but it is another kind of atrocity that has begun to haunt her dreams. She sees forces of evil assaulting a beleaguered kingdom, whose kind people are on the brink of annihilation, and awakes each morning in a cold sweat.

Gil dismisses the dreams until a wizard appears in her apartment. He has crossed into her dimension, passing through the fraying fabric of the universe, to ask her help. For mankind to survive he must protect an infant prince, whom he plans to hide in Gil's world. The student of history is about to get much closer to evil than she ever imagined.

©1982 Barbara Hambly (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Jennifer Halifax, NS, Canada 03-20-13
    Jennifer Halifax, NS, Canada 03-20-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Terrible Narration"

    I have tried three times to listen to this book, and have not been able to make it beyond about an hour or so.

    I was very excited by the premise of the story, and was looking forward to more books by Barbara Hambly.

    But the narration is so abysmal that I cannot finish the book. Teri Clark Linden is the absolute worst narrator I have listened to in all my time as an audiobook listener.

    She over-enunciates every single word and gives everything the same emphasis. She can only read about 4 words before having to take a breath, and there are odd pauses in all the wrong places. She prounounces the indefinite pronoun "a" as a long vowel (as in the first letter of the alphabet) and it's like biting on tinfoil. Other words are mispronounced, and it makes for an abysmal listening experience.

    The only slightly better narration is when she is using a mock-English accent (voice of the wizard), but that only rises the performance out of the mire for a short time.

    I am prepared to give Barbara Hambly another chance, but I will never listen to anything by this narrator again. I am going to return or delete the book.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Manning, OR, USA 04-11-13
    Wayne Manning, OR, USA 04-11-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Almost ruined by the narration"

    I saw another review before I purchased that said, "terrible narration." I ran the sample and it sounded like the narrator didn't know what word was coming next in the sentence. I checked the second book - the same. And then I checked samples from other books and they were completely different. Different voices, inflection, tone. Not a bad reader. So what happened? Has the narrator gotten to a place where she is in demand and can read it for the first time as she is recording it? Are they paying her so much less for Hambly's books and time doesn't permit a read through first? Did she not connect at all with the material? I don't know but she obviously can't compensate for not knowing or liking the material.

    I was so excited to see these books in the store. Barbara Hambly was one of my favorite fantasy authors in a time where True Blood and Vampire Diaries weren't even a dream of publishers. Fantasy was much smaller of a genre than science fiction. Now there is a glut of fantasy, especially urban fantasy.

    Barbara Hambly was one of the first to combine contemporary characters with fantasy worlds. I loved her for this and for all of her books. This series was one of my favorites. So I bought it and still enjoyed it but I wish that my life wasn't so time constrained that reading is difficult to fit in or I would have rather popped this off my shelf and read it.

    Other narrators are listed for some of her other books. I look forward to listening to my old favorites that lead me to love fantasy.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Ocean, NJ, United States 04-29-13
    Daniel Ocean, NJ, United States 04-29-13
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    "Worst audiobook I've ever heard."

    I first read Time of the Dark when I was in high school and I enjoyed the story greatly, the premise was interesting, the plot was well conceived, and the characters were enjoyable. As a fan of audiobooks, I have waited for this series to come to audio for a while. Sadly, when the series finally became available, the performance was so miserable that I can't bring myself to purchase the second and third books.

    This audiobook can best be described as cruel and unusual punishment for the ears. Linden reads with zero emotion, horrible character voices, and a punctuation and pronunciation that would suggest trying to teach a recalcitrant child with a lisp how to read. There is so little emotional inflection that terror and joy could be the same thing. When Linden reads as a character, she seems to choose the worst possible voice. Ingold, possibly the most important character in the book, is meant to be a strong older man with a great deal of command and power while maintaining a normally soft spoken, kind demeanor. The voice given to him in the audiobook would be perfect for a dying old man with laryngitis who is trying to speak his last wishes. Rudy, another main character who is portrayed as a biker, artist, and semi-drifter from California is given a voice that seems more like what you would expect for a Virginian farmer with a bad case of southern accent. All the while, regardless of the character background and personality, they are all read to sound like some English professor who has lost sight of how to communicate in favor of dictionary pronunciation.
    One of the worst parts of this audiobook is that Linden can't seem to understand how to deal with the letter A. Who in their right mind would pronounce the words around and across with a long A? Why would someone given a hick farmer accent use a long A any time he talks? If Linden speaks the way she reads in her everyday life, I can't imagine anyone wanting to spend time with her after the first 5 minutes of conversation.

    All in all, after listening to this audiobook, I can't imagine how this got past any editor. It would be difficult to imagine a performance better equipped to make this audiobook be a failure. A re-recording with an actually talented narrator would be a great service to Hambly fans.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Julie LEONARD, TX, United States 05-19-13
    Julie LEONARD, TX, United States 05-19-13
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    "A great story destroyed by an abysmal reader"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Reading this book is time well spent. Listening to this book is pure torture. Please re-record this with a good reader. What a waste! The reader over enunciates every single word. She has no inflection. She sets my teeth on edge. I was so excited to see this series in audible form but I will not get the rest of the books or anything else read by this person.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fantastic premise, enjoyable characters but the reader ruins it all. Read it, don't listen!!!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Teri Clark Linden?

    My Great Dane could do a better job. Seriously, a male reader would be a better choice for this series although anyone who isn't Teri Clark Linden would have to be an improvement.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    As long as Teri Clark Linden was not involved.


    Any additional comments?

    I am very disappointed that such a fine novel was destroyed by such an inept reader.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Orford, NH, United States 04-25-13
    Beth Orford, NH, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story, AWFUL narration"

    I am delighted to (finally!) see Barbara Hambly's works appearing on Audible. She has a wonderful feel for fantasy, character, suspense, and the books are great reads/listens. BUT the narrator for the Darwath series is TERRIBLE. Not only are the voices she uses for the characters unconvincing and stilted, her basic delivery is incredibly annoying, containing, as it does, not only strange mispronunciations, (long a instead of the schwa sound in words like away and about, accents on the wrong syllable, etc.) but also a peculiar interrogative inflection in the middle of statement-sentences, and idiosyncratic (if not unintelligible) word emphases. Honestly, she sounded like a third grader reading aloud (oops, long A-loud). What WAS the producer THINKING? These books certainly deserve more deft handling, and I hope Audible will consider reissuing them with someone who can really read aloud!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Alameda, CA, United States 12-30-13
    Ellen Alameda, CA, United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Great story, terrible reading"
    Would you try another book from Barbara Hambly and/or Teri Clark Linden?

    This is one of my most favorite books, so I was very disappointed in Teri Clark Linden's reading where she put pauses in all the wrong places. (Listen to the sample and you'll see.)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gil and Rudy


    Would you be willing to try another one of Teri Clark Linden’s performances?

    No


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a hair-raising gripping story, and a good reader can convey that.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Mountain View, CA, United States 12-10-13
    Linda Mountain View, CA, United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Read it, don't listen to it!"
    What would have made Time of the Dark better?

    My free Natural Reader computer program does a better job reading this than the narrator. This is one of my favorite series by Barbara Hambly and I was thrilled to see it on audible. Until I realized that the narration didn't get better as the reader got into the story. Heavy sigh.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Couldn't listen to the book. Let Kindle read it for me.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cara Raleigh, NC 12-06-13
    Cara Raleigh, NC 12-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book (and the series) is great. I've read it several times and was glad to find it as an audiobook. Then I started listening to it. My objection to the way the narrator voices several characters is subjective, I just don't hear them that way when I read the book. But consistently pronouncing "a" as a long a, and over enunciating any word over two syllables (and some under) make it sound as though she is sight reading and not doing it well. So I would (and have) recommend the book, but not the audiobook.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Teri Clark Linden?

    Holter Graham


    Did Time of the Dark inspire you to do anything?

    Listening to this book inspired me to turn it off and listen to music instead.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Cary, NC, United States 10-03-13
    David Cary, NC, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2002
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    "I'm disappointed"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is one of my favorite fantasy series, but the reader is the worst I've ever heard.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Teri Clark Linden’s performances?

    No


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    George 05-17-14
    George 05-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Terible"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book I would recommend to a friend, but never the audio book, or any audio book narrated by Teri Clark Linden.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm into science fiction and fantasy stories. The alternate realities, one with magic and one without is very interesting. This is an exciting story, in my humble opinion.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Someone should actually listened to Ms. Linden rehearsing the story before letting her record it. She places emphasis on all the wrong syllables, and half the time, what should be statements, sound like questions. I could do a better job than she did


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Definitely


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had listened to the preview before purchasing this series. I would never have acquired it. Barbara Hambly is one of my favorite authors, but any of her audio books by this narrator are being removed from my wish list.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Never heard anything like it."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who's deaf?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Time of the Dark?

    The whole book has a really good plot, with twists and turns right through it. I read the book several years ago and the story has stuck with me ever since.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Teri Clark Linden?

    Nicole Poole would be a good narrator. Maybe she would know that Gil is actually pronounced Jill.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Time of the Dark?

    If I was Editor, I would have thrown Teri out of the office and hired someone else. The book is just fine.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely read the book. Don't bother to buy this Audio. Unless you like being read to by a three year old. I only managed 2 minutes of it. Wish I'd read the reviews of other people before buying it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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