In this fantasy we meet another strong, young female character with special powers. Daine is gifted in many ways - she's an excellent archer - but her special talent lies in her ability with animals, who seem to listen to her words. Daine earns a job working for Onua, the queen's horse mistress, who is impressed by the girl's powers. Tamora Pierce leads in narrating this exciting tale, which is lovingly detailed and populated by a cast of almost thirty people (including the writer's husband). Once listeners get used to the story switching from the narrator's voice to those of the actors, they will be pleased at its fanciful magic.
When Daine comes down from the mountains, she carries with her two things: a dark secret about her own past, and a strangely powerful magic that even she doesn't understand.
Soon Daine has a job working for Onua, the queen's horsemistress, who is astonished at the girl's way with animals. It's almost as if she can speak to them....
Daine and Onua travel to Pirate's Swoop, where Daine finds herself swept into a war that threatens all of Tortall, a war where magic is one of the main weapons.
The wall between the worlds is cracking.
The magical creatures are returning.
Now Daine must master her own magic, and face her own dark memories, if she is to save her new home from destruction.
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©1992 Tamora Pierce; (P)2005 Full Cast Audio
I was a bit disappointed in the audio version of this wonderful book. I will forever worship Tamora Pierce for her writing skills. In fact this book, when it came out, was one of the first fantasy novels that I read as a pre-teen. To this day, as an adult, I still buy every book she publishes, and read them all at least once a year. This audio version, however, fails to do justice to her novel. The narration was extremely stilted and over-enunciated to the point of sounding like a machine. It lacked any sort of inflection, especially when heard up against the exuberance of the character actors. An audio book read by an ensemble cast can be great if done well, but this one had the feel of an acting troupe that hadn?t run their lines enough. The pacing was off, and it lacked cohesion as a whole. The overall effect was very distracting. I?m not disappointed that I bought this audio book because I just love the story that much, but I do hope that the next one is better.
Wild Magic: The Immortals series are one of my favorite Tamora Pierce books and audiobooks. I've read many reviews that criticise Daine. "She's too whiny ..." Well, I love fourteen year old kids and that's exactly Daine's character. Imagine you have been an outcast because of your never knowing your father, living in a village where everyone looks down on you because you are "illegitimate" even while your mother selflessly heals the sick. Then when murdering bandits attack your family and the village people ignores your family. The village hunts you down to kill you. all this happens to a fourteen year old kid before she begins the story.
Daine becomes a more heroic character once she has the support of caring people. It's unrealistic to compare her to Alanna, another heroic character. I love Alanna but she is almost to perfect. Daine is a more realistic teen. I love her character because she shows the possibility of every child who is loved and supported having a chance to grow up sane. This book should appeal to many middle school kids who feel abused. (and how many middle scholers do you know who don't feel a little unloved.) It really is a favorite of mine because I love middle school kids, even the challenging ones. With kind nurturing they can grow into some pretty fine people.
I eagerly await the fourth book performed as an audiobok for this series.
I read Wild Magic years ago, it was the first book of Tamora Pierce's that I tried and is still my favorite of hers. After the wonderful job Trini Alvarado had done with the other books in the Tortall series I was very disappointed to see she was not reading this one. My worries were confirmed as I listened to book. I love Ms. Pierce's writing but her narration is very dull and uneven, couple that with the overacting of some of the actors and you have a very distracting and childish production. They did not totally ruin the book for me but they in no way enhanced it either. Trini Alvarado's reading kept this supposedly for young adult series a light fantasy that adults could enjoy as well. While the full cast audio production of Wild Magic turned a fun,light fantasy into a childs book. 4 1/2 stars for the story 1 star for the narration.
I found the audiobook fine, I was slightly disappointed by Mrs. Pierce's narration but once accustomed to it I found it helpful that it was in a different tone than the acting, there was never the worry of missing dialouge because of a similar tone. I believe the voice actors caught the feeling of the parts very well, it is a young adult book and while as an adult I continue to read all of Pierce's books I enjoy the lightness and fun that are a part of her books and the character flaws that make the characters so dear. I listen to all the audiobooks of hers on a regular basis as I've nearly destroyed my written copies from many evenings of reading. As long as you're not expecting a serious novel and are willing to put up with some wonderful characters this book is wonderful and an easy listen.
I'm a teen; my favorites series are Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and Twilight by Stephene Meyer.
I have listened to Wild Magic over and over on my iPod. Is is a book full of action mixed with a world full of evil and good immortals, great gods and goddesses, and powerful sourcerers. All of Tamora Pierce's books are awesome, all occuring in the same world, although specifically written about different corners of the world. If this book was appealing to you, then you would enjoy all of Pierce's works as I have.
This was the first full cast audio I have listened to, and it probably influenced my impression of this book. I absolutely LOVED this read. It was never dull and I couldn't wait to get in my car until I listened to it all! It was a great book that was not hard to follow and I enjoyed it nearly as much as I did the ERAGON series. Can't wait to read more of this author.
I've read and re read this book so many times there are bits I know of by heart. I really enjoyed the audio eventhough it was more the lack of other choices that made me choose it. After I heard a tad bit more than the sample and got used to the pronounciations I fell in love with it.
I like the full cast and it is not at all distracting.
I've listened to both Alanna and Wild Magic, I liked the production of Wild Magic MUCH better. The narrator (the author) is fine. She very clearly enunciates but it really is much like listening to an accent, it doesn't detract from her narration at all.
The echo effect for the character's thoughts is a bit old but I haven't any idea how to do it better so I guess I shouldn't complain about that too much.
The cast is very good. I particularly liked the casting for Arum (sp?), the wizard, and Daine's horse.
I loved the book, and unlike the other reviewers, had no problem with the full-cast production (although I did love the job Trini Alvorado did on the previous series).
I just wanted to warn the users of the Creative Labs Nomad Zen Extra that this is one of the books that causes the "playback error" bug referenced in the FAQ. I got very frustrated a couple of times due to the tech issues.
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