The long-awaited conclusion to the Starlight & Shadows trilogy is now in audio.
The release of Windwalker brought to a close a series first begun by New York Times best-selling author Elaine Cunningham ten years ago. Following the recently released recovers of Daughter of the Drow and Tangled Webs, the first two titles in the series, this audiobook is not to be missed.
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The performance of the person reading this audio book was horrid. The worst audio book I have listened to yet. Many pregnant pauses... The person reading this obviously has no interest in the subject matter as she has no idea how to pronounce most of the names and stumbles through most of the book. I had to move the speed to 1.5 to stand her talking. The story is awesome, I have read it, but if I could I would get my credit back.
The story rocks
Not in the least bit
The performance annoys me.
Inferior in almost ever way to Tangle Webs; Windwalker is a crushingly disappointing conclusion (if you can even call it that) to the Starlight & Shadows series. The story goes all over the place and just seems interesting is wrapping up loose ends as quickly as possible rather than telling a real story. Side characters unceremoniously drop like flies, we spend long chapters of the book with under developed villains bumbling after Liriel to little climax. Side characters dominate the story and the Drow Princess is subdued and dull and hardly does anything except get pulled along by others most of this book. Unlike previous installment the D&D setting becomes a millstone dragging the story down with pre-existing characters we hardly know rather than helping to fill the story with robust flavor and depth. After waiting so long to finally got to the much talked of lands of Rashaman, the new location is painfully dull and interesting as are its people.
The story's climax is a whimper, totally unsatisfying and despite the narratives interest in killing off characters to tie up loose end in the end it feel like none of the important issues and questions have been dealt with. I think they may have been trying to set up a new status quo for another series of book but they never materialized so we're left with this for a finale.
The audio quality is one again a negative but if you've put up with it through the first two books in the series you should know what to expect. Dara Rosenberg actually is considerably improved by this installment and the audio quality might be slightly better than previous recording however the editing is just as bad as ever.
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