Paks plays a cameo in this first book of a trilogy sequel to The Deed Of Paksenarrion, but there is nothing lost in the new focus. The reader is trea..Show More »ted to more of the same in the DOP - moral courage, personal challenge, physical trauma and other fare of good fantasy. The book reads well and smoothly. Moon spends sufficient time with each of her three main characters before moving on to the next. I found Moon's character development more detailed and nuanced than I found in the DOP. Of course, DOP was written in the late 80's and OOF was written just recently. I would recommend this book to any Moon fan and to people who like a good, fast read. I found the reading quite workmanlike and enjoyable. Van Dyke is a good choice for narrator, decently talented with several voices. I was disappointed to come to the end...not because it ended badly but because it ended at all. Have to wait another year or so for the next. What's the series title, anyway?
I have tried to listen to this book 3 times now, and the last two times I get so frustrated with not being able to follow the dialogue that I quit in ..Show More »less than 30 minutes. I gave the story 2 stars but, honestly, I don't know whether it is good or bad. I'm going to borrow the book from the library and read it so I can listen to the other 2 books in the series which are read by Jennifer Van Dyck.
Susan Ericksen is on my list of never listening to ever again. In fact, she is the first one on the list. All of her characters sound the same, the women sound like men, everyone sounds like he has angry all the time, and there's as much nuance to her reading as a reading of names at a high school graduation. Don't get me started on her lack of preparation for reading the **fourth** book in a series after the first 3 were so capably read by JVD. If nothing else, she should have learned how to pronounce names the way a listener of the first 3 books expected them to be pronounced. Maybe she will be a good reader someday, but I will never know.
If you liked the first 3 audio books in the series, my recommendation is to skip this one and read a print copy. Then pick up the audio books for books 5 & 6 which have JVD reading them.
To the publisher: Don't change the narrator for a series - ever. We'll wait for the audio book if there is a scheduling problem. Look at the reviews for Jim Butcher's "Ghost Story" audio, which did not have James Marsters reading it. John Glover isn't bad, but he isn't the guy who has read the 12 books before that one. Someone in management made a dumb decision when he or she decided to replace JVD with S.E., and I personally think you should have JVD read "Kings of the North" and then give it for free to all the people who bought this awful version.
The return of Jennifer Van Dyck as reader was a huge success. Elizabeth's Dragon is so different then other dragons i am used to reading about and..Show More » i love it. The plot is moved along in this story quite well. This is clearly a middle book and while a few threads are wraped up in this tale most are mearly moved along and readed for book 4 and book 5
Absolutely ANYTHING By Elizabeth Moon. I have found no tale, novella or epic tale, to be wanting in any characteristic required for captivating ..Show More »and engaging. I've never been let down by the author. Angela Dawe would do best to never wander from insipid, whine-some romances. The narrator wgo supposedly "performs" this novel couldn't even been bothered to develop character voice, syntactic, accents, as previous readers Jennifer Van Dyck and Susan Ericksen , of the previous books in this series. It sounds as if this is the first an only book of this series the narrator has read. And is it some rule that no one should listen to what has been done before in an attempt to preserve consistency of personalities and PRONUNCIATION???
The earlier books were enjoyable, but the trend that began in them, of solutions to problems magically (literally or metaphorically) appearing just wh..Show More »en needed, has grown to an annoying extent in this. You don't understand the basis of the magic, you aren't aware of sub plots going on, problems are set up, and then just when they start to seem hopeless a miracle happens and they're done. A curse suddenly fixes things, a magical downpour suddenly fixes the world, a confrontation with the enemy results in his death while the character is literally unconscious, an all powerful villain suddenly is easy to beat. It gets to a point where you just wait for the expected magical solution to arrive.
So if you're looking for some mindless escapism with some interesting characters this isn't bad, but if you're looking for real plot instead of deus ex machina look elsewhere.