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
I don't really review often, but this series is worth reading AND hearing! All of Tamora ' s books should be read, but this narrator is truly talented. I listen to this trilogy and Aly cooper's duo over and over. if you like beka cooper, be sure to give her descendent Aly a try as well.
The ending was difficult for me to buy, but I adore the characters and style. I'm willing to forgive a lot from my favorite childhood author. I especially love the way Susan Denaker does the voice of Pounce.
As always Tamora Pierce knows how to captivate you. You laugh you cry. It is a perfect ending to the book.
I love Susan Denaker and I personaly love the way she says Bekka's name. Thanks for bring her to life.
It made me do both laugh and cry.
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.
There was a part in the story where Pounce brakes the rules. No spoilers, but I cried a little bit at that part.
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.
I loved this book. I am a huge fan of Tamora Peirce and this book has to be one of her best ones yet!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This ties the series together nicely. No follow-up is needed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great book, great story, horrible narrator. Buy the book.
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.
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.
Of course, Beka is my favorite character. Her interactions with the other characters and storyline always makes me smile or outright laugh at times.
Beka's relationship with Achoo is especially touching. The deceit of one of the characters was devastating.
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