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Mastiff: The Legend of Beka Cooper, Book 3 | [Tamora Pierce]

Mastiff: The Legend of Beka Cooper, Book 3

The Legend of Beka Cooper gives Tamora Pierce's fans exactly what they want - a smart and savvy heroine making a name for herself on the mean streets of Tortall's Lower City - while offering plenty of appeal for new readers as well. From the Hardcover edition.
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The Legend of Beka Cooper gives Tamora Pierce's fans exactly what they want - a smart and savvy heroine making a name for herself on the mean streets of Tortall's Lower City - while offering plenty of appeal for new readers as well.

©2011 Tamora Pierce (P)2011 Random House Audio

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    Toni 07-11-14
    Toni 07-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Love It"
    If you could sum up Mastiff in three words, what would they be?

    As always Tamora Pierce knows how to captivate you. You laugh you cry. It is a perfect ending to the book.


    What about Susan Denaker’s performance did you like?

    I love Susan Denaker and I personaly love the way she says Bekka's name. Thanks for bring her to life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me do both laugh and cry.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Avondal, AZ, USA 04-11-13
    Amazon Customer Avondal, AZ, USA 04-11-13 Member Since 2011

    Bring it

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    "Amazing!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mastiff to be better than the print version?

    Tough question. I read the first part of the book, but ended up buying the audio one simply because I don't have time to sit down and read. The writing for the story is outstanding, but the narrator brings a little something extra to it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mastiff?

    There was a part in the story where Pounce brakes the rules. No spoilers, but I cried a little bit at that part.


    What about Susan Denaker’s performance did you like?

    Her voices. It is easy to tell who the voices belong to. Some narrators just have male and female voices and don't change it up for each characters tone or personality. Susan did it was flare and it was a pleasure to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. I am a huge fan of Tamora Peirce and this book has to be one of her best ones yet!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah CONCORD, NH, United States 11-03-12
    Deborah CONCORD, NH, United States 11-03-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Solid ending to the series"

    I discovered Tamora Pierce when my daughter was a tween and found her "sheroes" and story lines fresh and engaging. I especially appreciate the world she's created in such detail -- the language, geography, cultures, magic and its rules -- and how she's woven the various stories together over time. I had forgotten until the Epilogue of Mastiff how this series connects to her very first. Made me smile and made me want to go back to re-read Alanna.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ARR Miskatonic U 10-17-12
    ARR Miskatonic U 10-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Highly Anticipated!"

    I love all of Tamora Pierce's books, but the Beka Cooper books are my favorites because of the gritty atmosphere and Beka's ruthless practicality.

    Pierce's use of slang in these books is realistic and highly entertaining. (After reading an interview with the author I bought the reference book she mentions, Slang Through the Ages.)

    I had some quibbles about the plot twists in this book, but the style is, as always, highly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Washington, DC United States 08-04-12
    Amazon Customer Washington, DC United States 08-04-12 Member Since 2008

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    "2.5 Star ending to a 4 star series"
    What did you like best about Mastiff? What did you like least?

    Beka Cooper is one of Pierce's most compelling protagonists because she is a real girl in a way that Alanna, Aly and Dane. Her trilogy has the greatest visceral appeal to a modern pre-teen, I think. Perhaps because it is the most contemporary and the genre has changed so much since Pierce began publishing in the early 80s. Mastiff's strength is in its portrayal of Beka growing into an adult. Her career as a Dog is at the center of the action, of course, but her emotional maturity and sense of choice and control are featured in her friendships and romances as much as her work.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tamora Pierce? Why or why not?

    Yes. Absolutely. I discovered Pierce as an adult. Somehow, when I was 11-16, I was so busy with the Prydain Chronicles, LotR, the Katherine Kurtz and Katharine Kerr that I never even heard of Pierce. I wish that weren't true! Keladry of Mindelan, in particular, could have been such a hero and inspiration and friend to shy-little-girl-me. I have mainly listened to her books through Audible so I've read all of them except the Circle of Magic, because those are full-cast productions, which drive me up the wall.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Susan Denaker's performance was solid. Her voice has a lovely pitch, which is definitely a matter of taste, but it worked for me. She's very good at conveying emotional tones without moving from narration to acting, and without overselling or straining. Her use of accents was occasionally distracting, though.


    Do you think Mastiff needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    This ties the series together nicely. No follow-up is needed.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the weakest book of the series, which is disappointing in a closer. The story was simply less rich and engrossing than the previous two installments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jordon IN, USA 05-24-12
    Jordon IN, USA 05-24-12 Member Since 2012

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    "An exercise in frustration."
    What made the experience of listening to Mastiff the most enjoyable?

    The story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is a gap of several years between this book and the last, and there is a difference in Beka. She's more experienced, and big things have happened to her.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Oh god the narrator. She had a habit of taking unnaturally long pauses between sentences. You may not think that's too bad, but it just gets worse. It's almost as if they recorded it sentence by sentence.

    Get the book. Do not get the audiobook. If you get the kindle version you can have it read it to you. Sure, it mispronounces Beka, but that's not nearly as annoying as this atrocious narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's over 20 hours, so no. I have a feeling that at least 4 hours could be cut out if the narrator didn't pause ten seconds between sentences.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, great story, horrible narrator. Buy the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Caron Wadley, AL, United States 04-23-12
    Caron Wadley, AL, United States 04-23-12
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    "Another Great!"
    What did you love best about Mastiff?

    What I loved best about Mastiff was the mystery and investigation action. As I listened to all the pieces of the puzzle come to life, my mind was constantly working to try to figure it all out....only to find out that there was still so much more to the story. As usual, Tamora Pierce took me on a journey with the characters I've come to know and love in this series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of the "little" surprises is what I liked best about the story. The struggle and near misses of the characters and their prey was breathtaking and attention keeping. I found myself almost in the story as I listened.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Denaker – was your favorite?

    Of course, Beka is my favorite character. Her interactions with the other characters and storyline always makes me smile or outright laugh at times.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Beka's relationship with Achoo is especially touching. The deceit of one of the characters was devastating.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lara Charlotte, NC, United States 11-23-11
    Lara Charlotte, NC, United States 11-23-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Great Conclusion"

    Loved the series and this book did not disappoint. It really kept me guessing. I only wish there was going to be more books about Beka! I wouldn't mind hearing more about the little lad's future endeavors either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Natasha Bolingbrook, IL, United States 11-22-11
    Natasha Bolingbrook, IL, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book, fantastic author"

    I've been reading Tamora Pierce since I was a teenager, these are the only books that I will still go back to the young adults section for to buy for myself.

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    P. wynantskill, NY, United States 11-11-11
    P. wynantskill, NY, United States 11-11-11
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    "Best of a Strong Trilogy by an Excellent Author!"

    This one is especially well done! Not only did we enjoy it the most out of the Beka Cooper trilogy [though there Are really painful parts], but it made us want to go back and read/hear all of Tamora 's Tortall books all over again.

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