Ironhand's Daughter

Hawk Queen, Book 1
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Series: Hawk Queen, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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After the bloody battle of Colden Moor, the warlike highlanders had lost their independence. They lived in surly subservience to the Outlanders, and only a teenage girl survived to represent the line of kings: Sigarni.

Sigarni the silver-haired. Huntress, whore, princess. All of these she was called. But those who pierce the veil of the future knew that a leader was coming to the North - a leader descended from Ironhand, mightiest of the highland kings.

©2017 David Gemmell (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group

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A kingdom for the right voice

If you could sum up Ironhand's Daughter in three words, what would they be?

Another fine David Gemmell tale (ok, that's five words)

What did you like best about this story?

While not the best of Gemmell's stories, this one is still riveting and quite entertaining. I especially like the sense of foreboding building up in the first half of the book.

Would you be willing to try another one of Adjoa Andoh’s performances?

I'd rather not, but I'm going to listen to the second book in this cycle as well. After that, count me out. Andoh just can't do accents and decent male voices at the same time. Also, the voice she's using to portray Sigarni sounds either like a scared thirteen-year old girl or a cackling 80-year old hag (no offense meant to either thirteen-year olds or old hags). Nothing suggests any of the various strengths the character should possess. Her normal voice on the other hand is quite pleasing, and this is one of the rare occasions when I would actually have been quite happy if that had been all she'd been using for her performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Because of the performance, no, I would not want to.

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  • Gb
  • 03-03-20

Had to turn it off..

The story was fine, good in fact, but I had to stop listening due to the cringe worthy voice of the main character....

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  • Smuggler
  • 10-07-19

Another Gemmell classic ruined by awful narration

A brilliant story as all David Gemmell books are, but unfortunately let down by the wrong narrator. The narrator would be brilliant for other books but is absolutely not suited to this book. Hard to listen to in places due to the ridiculous accents

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  • Mr. Ian N
  • 07-10-19

Good story, poor narrator.

All David Gemmell’s work is good, this isn’t one of his best. The Narrator is very poor. Extremely strange accent choices.

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  • Lewis M.
  • 03-13-19

Narration poor

I found the narrator struggled with vocal range and the accents were painful in places.

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  • Mrs N.
  • 11-21-18

Really good book told well.

Loved it. characters, story, narration all great with typical David Gemmel ease of getting a good adventure out there.

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  • Callom
  • 03-08-19

Who is the person who reads this???

This was one of the first Gemmell books I ever read.....only recently discovering audible and listening to all my old favourites.
Alas, I could not listen to this, I don’t know who this lady is that reads this, but whomever thought it was a good idea to get her to do so, needs to go sit in a dark corner somewhere.
She is a lovely person I’m sure but, in reading this story she is atrocious and I’ve heard better nails on blackboards.

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  • Sweetheart1
  • 10-06-18

stunning

i loved this from the very first word! very hard to stop listening to and the narration was almost perfect.

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  • Mr. G. Mckellar
  • 05-16-18

Great narration

Fantastic narration and a great story, does Gemmell’s books proud and makes his fans happy