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  • Limits of Power

  • Paladin's Legacy, Book 4
  • By: Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 20 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425

The unthinkable has occurred in the kingdom of Lyonya. The queen of the Elves - known as the Lady - is dead, murdered by former elves twisted by dark powers. Now the Lady’s half-elven grandson must heal the mistrust between elf and human before their enemies strike again. Yet as he struggles to make ready for an attack, an even greater threat looms across the Eight Kingdoms.Throughout the north, magic is reappearing after centuries of absence, emerging without warning in family after family - rich and poor alike.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good story but cant stand the narrator

  • By James Ellis on 06-23-13

Great story; HORRIBLE narrator!

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Reviewed: 09-10-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend the book--not the audiobook. I wouldn't want any of my friends to think I thought the narration was even decent. I gave an audiobook to a friend one Christmas--good story, poor narrator. My friend's son heard part of the book and asked my friend why I hated her. NOT doing that again!

What did you like best about this story?

I love Elizabeth Moon's plots and characters.

What didn’t you like about Angela Dawe’s performance?

I didn't like anything about her performance. It's hard to detail all the problems. She brings no life to the story; she whines; she mispronounces even common words. Has she never heard the word "sire?" I'm sure I missed parts of the story yelling at the narrator every time she said "seer" instead of "sire." I yelled over her many other mispronunciations as well, but "sire" obviously got to me. IF she had to be the reader, she could have at least listened to one of the other books to hear the correct pronunciations. Didn't anyone listen to this before releasing it? Was there not an editor? If I didn't love the series so much, I would not have progressed past the first 5 minutes. There are narrators I dearly love to hear, some which I like, several I tolerate and few I refuse to listen to. Ms. Dawes is now on the latter list.

Did Limits of Power inspire you to do anything?

Listen to the final book in the series. Glad to see that Susan Erickson is reading it. I checked.

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  • Knit the Season

  • A Friday Night Knitting Club Novel
  • By: Kate Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 89

Knit the Season is a loving, moving, laugh-out-loud celebration of special times with friends and family. The story begins a year after the end of Knit Two, with Dakota Walker's trip to spend the Christmas holidays with her Gran in Scotland, accompanied by her father, her grandparents, and her mother's best friend, Catherine. Together, they share a trove of happy memories about past Christmases.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narration distracting from characters

  • By Susan Bailey on 08-20-15

Binding Off

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Reviewed: 12-27-11

What made the experience of listening to Knit the Season the most enjoyable?

I listened to the book during the Christmas season, so the work/family/self issues--dilemmas in the book-- were part of my on-going balancing act and thus relevant and encouraged internal dialogue as a I agreed or disagreed with a character's position.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Anita is my favorite character. She is wise and elegant and loving--yet has her times of self-doubt and can be manipulated by those she loves and trusts. She is very real and a role model.

Which scene was your favorite?

The double wedding was great, but I also liked the bridal shower.

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

When Gran gave Dakota, James and Mrs. Walker photos of Georgia at Christmas, I cried. This was not a good thing as I was driving to work and didn't want to have to explain about crying over fictional characters.

Any additional comments?

This is a story rich in relationships. The women seem like women we all know, with good points and flaws, skills and deficiencies. They even annoy each other at times--just like real friends. One of the things I particularly liked about the book was that some of the scenes seemed set up for a particular action and the author didn't go for the predictable. The turn was in the story flowed from the previous action, but it wasn't formulaic, which made it much more enjoyable. I've set this book aside to listen to again next Christmas.