The fabled ancient warriors of Tamuli had indeed returned - intent on carnage. Monsters and fell magics had followed, and the havoc and terror they spawned were tearing the empire apart. The empire had sent for the Pandion Knight who had killed the God Azash. If Sparhawk wanted to stop this danger before it could savage his own land, he now must lend his aid. Sparhawk, Ehlana, and their daughter, Princess Danae, agreed to make the grueling trek to the far-distant empire of the east. They traveled in company with a handful of trusted companions: the stalwart champions of the four Militant Orders, the knight Berit, Mirtai the giantess, and the young thief Talen. With the child-goddess Aphrael to speed their journey, they began the treacherous traverse of the utmost reaches of the Daresian continent, to Tamul's distant capital. There, in the emperor's glittering court, they would encounter corruption, treachery - and a greater danger than any man had faced before!
©1993 David Eddings; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
Domes of Fire is the forth book in a continuing series which started with "The Diamond Throne" in David Eddings' saga called "The Elenium." Although it is possible to follow the 6 book series by starting with "Domes of Fire," you will lose quite a bit of the back story and character development which most people find essential. I have read the entire six book series quite a few times and managed to find something new each time through.
There is, however, a problem with this audio rendition of the second half of the series. Kevin Pariseau made almost no attempt to learn the "correct pronunciation" of either the proper names of the people or the places in the series - even though they were well established in the first three books. Nor does he make much of an attempt to give the characters distinctive voices. Accordingly, his narration voice sounds about the same as the voices he gives to most of the leading and supporting cast members, and the women and children all sound like men. The result is a most unsatisfactory listening experience.
I give the six book series by David Eddings 5 stars, The producers and Directors at Audible Frontiers 1 star, and narration of Kevin Pariseau, in the last 3 books, 0 stars.
Others are free to disagree as they see fit.
I have read the two series, The Elenium and The Tamuli, by David Eddings a couple of times. When I saw them here, I was so excited. The first series, The Elenium, was narrated very nicely and I found myself completely drawn into Sparhawk's world. The second series is another issue altogether. It is horrid! The narrator should have listened to the first book of The Elenium to get the names correct. It is so hard trying to listen to the story when you shudder at every name and place that the narrator is butchering. I cannot follow the story at times because I cannot figure out who he is talking about!
I was so disappointed. I do not know if I will be able to finish listening to the series because the narration is awful. I have read the other reviews and I am not the first disappointed with this reading of The Tamuli series. I do not recommend this series to any David Eddings fans. You will be sorely disappointed. Audio books are all about the voice reading them and this narrator was not a good choice for this series. Doesn't Audible.com have editors who fix these things before they get published? How can someone read for over 50 hours and no one catch the pronunciation errors? Normally, I would give Audible two thumbs up for their audio books but this time it is two thumbs down. If you liked The Elenium series go buy The Tamuli books and read it. You will be much happier with the money having been well spent. I wish I had not purchased the three books before reading the reviews and noting the different narrators.
I have read the books prior to listening to them. The previous series,"Elenium", had a different narrator (no names will be used). The narrator for this series, "Tamuli", should have listened to the "Elenium" to hear the pronunciations of character names and other proper nouns to, at the least, try to maintain some continuity. It really takes away from the enjoyment when characters are addressed differently.
This narrator also gives most of the characters a Boston high society accent and many characters sound "foppish" at best. These are knights in armor not flowery courtiers.
I realize that Audible has no say in the choice of narrators but maybe they could pass along our comments
I just started listening to Domes of Fire after finishing the Sapphire Rose and am really disappointed. I realize it is a different reader but one would think that it wouldn't be TOO much to ask for the new reader to at least take a quick listen to the previous books so a) pronunciation of names and places would be...oh, I don't know...similar, if not the same and b) voices might be close (or in this case, exist at all).
Sigh...I paid for all three books in this series so I will listen to them...if they improve, I will come back and update my review.
I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone
Sparhawk and his friends are needed again but in a far away land to help with a dangerous threat that seems to be spreading into their part of the world
when asked to go help the Tamul Empire with the crisis Queen Ehlana comes up with a way to help.
This novel is a great addition to the Eddings first trilogy my only issues is that with a change of narrator some of the names are pronounced different. the main difference i noticed is Talen, the first trilogy is pronounced as a birds claw, this new guy pronounces it with a strong A.
City names and other characters have the same difference as well. but if you can get over that then you will enjoy this book
I already own the book, so enjoy the story
I love the interaction between the characters
Narrator could have listened to previous narration - so pronucation of names would be similar and could have made the characters sound more mature ..Sparhawk and his fellow knights sounded like young men instead of seasoned warriors...
I wish publishing companies would try to keep the same narrator for a series or at least make sure each narrator pronouces names the same way
As many of the other reviewers noted- the new narrator suddenly changes every pronunciation after 50 hours of the story (arguably certain names could have two readings but the word rouge is fairly standard) but couple that annoyance with the horrible voice and inflection of the narrator and what could be the start of a nice trilogy is ruined- I cannot finish this and surely would not buy any others in this series- the director and narrator could have maybe spent 5 minutes of research instead of this garbage.
Kevin Pariseau was dissapointing as a narrator. I don't know what he was trying to achieve, but the way he read the book was very dissapointing. HE DID NOT DO HIS HOMEWORK!!! The first three books were absolutley wonderful to listen to and I fould myself in Sparhawk and Elena world. I even could picture who Talon, and everybody looked like. This second series was horrible. The places and names were not pronounced right. It was like listening to a foreinger butcher your native toungue!! Instead of listening to the story, the reader spends the whole time listening to him mess up the whole book. Very dissapointing indeed!!
The story was fabulous, I have read all the books time and time again. But the audio was dissapointing.
It brought to life an old favorite with a new voice.
I had forgotten the meeting between Mostel and Emban. I really enjoyed their back and forth.
I would ask him not to make Zalasta sound like the Lucky Charms Leprechaun. The Styrics were always compared to Jewish people in reviews I read. Why not have a yiddish accent? It worked for Billy Crystal as Miracle Max.
I just smiled a lot. Eddings has a lot of "in" humor. Anyone who has read his work will hear a lot of old jokes. Be Nice.
I'm a twenty-something lit nerd who enjoys Romance, Fantasy and YA Fiction. I like strong female heroes and entertaining readers.
Alright, so I really, really loved the trilogy that precedes the Tamuli. I got this book knowing that they had changed narrators and figured that I'd still give it a chance. It was so hard to get into this book. It's NOT that the narrator is different, it's that he pronounces everything so differently than his predecessor. The editors for this series should have listened to the first books and made sure the reader kept those pronunciations the same. Technically, Kevin's version isn't 'wrong'. After all, when we read fantasy books, we all pronounce things differently, however when you are creating an audio series there needs to be continuity so that you're not thrown from the story aspect due to a reader changing up key character names.
As stories go, this one is very different from the Elenium. Sparkhawk is older and married with a daughter. His wife has moved from the glass encased maiden to the strong willed monarch that she is. Yet there are still issues afoot in another continent and once again Sparhawk is forced to go save the world. If you want to continue the story past the Elenium, just go get the books. The jarring difference in readers really affects the way the story is heard.
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