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Book 2 of the Protector of the Small Quartet
Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
Series: Protector of the Small, Book 2, Tortall, Book 14
Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (1,032 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Kel fights to maintain the rigorous regimen of a page while confronting the prejudices that come with being a female in a man's world and coping with a crush on her closest friend, Neal.

©2008 Listening Library (P)2004 Tamora Pierce

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Two versions of the book intermingled

This is not the fault of the narrator - I am not sure whether she read two different versions and someone did a bad blend, or she was given a mixed script - but the first 1/3 of the book is the UK translation (meters, kilograms) and the other 2/3 the American English is was written in (feet, pounds). For someone who has read the book several times, I found this very annoying.
I also agree with the previous reviewer that some of the voices (particularly Owen's) were just a little off. However, I thought that Berdadette Dunne did a great job with the other 3 books in this series.
Of the four, this is my least favorite listen. (Squire is my favorite).
Plotwise, the book is excellent, spanning Kel's second through fourth years as a page. She makes new animal friends and new human friends and enemies as she gets ready for her final trial as a page, with (of course) lots of tests and tribulations, especially at the end. The development of Kel's new maid is particularly interesting to watch.

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Not just any YA book

Tamora Pierce has filled such a need for well written characters in YA fiction it is difficult to describe her for a review to someone who might not have heard of her yet. Her writting is well crafted, and her main characters who are often girls are strong, moral, upright and worthy. Character is written deep in the roots of her characters. Problems are solved with thought and events while possibly magical are never unbelievable. Relationships are the foundations of her stories and she treats each with care and concious. I would reccomend her books to any mom of a young adult. She never forgets she is writing to an audience still growing and learning who they are and she does very well by them.

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Pretty great

just a few pronunciation errors (IMO) of some of the names. There's only so much differentiation that can be done with voices and that's done pretty decently. I'll probably relisten when I start to miss tamora pierce's writing again lol.

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Great book and narrator

Overall great book and narrator. Great for adults and children! Love Kel! Can't wait to share with my little one!

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One of my all time favorites.

Great inspirational series for girls and women. This quartet is by far my favorite by Pierce taking place in Tortall. Have listened to it again and again. I wish I was Kel!

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Book good, narrator not so good

The book is great on audio, but the narrator makes some characters way too old sounding. A little more information for the narrator so that she knew the characters weren't in their 60's but were only in their mid 30's would have been nice. That was the only disheartening thing about the book and it kind of grates on your nerves after a while and takes away from the story.

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Engaging performance, engrossing story.

Intended for young adults, I thoroughly enjoyed it as an old adult :). Enough variance in the voice to indicate different characters but nothing distractingly odd. I enjoyed the entire Tortall series when they originally came out in print (which I also have) but the audio book is allowing me to enjoy and appreciate the story in a new way.

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Excellent framing of female protagonist

This story hits all the beats of a hero's journey, but really utilizes concepts of feminine strength instead of making her hypermasculine like so many stories trying the same concept. it also addresses challenges relevant to women in a male dominated role in a digestible way. An excellent book I read as a young girl and one I revisit often now with this audiobook.

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Love it

This series is my favorite so far. It’s a story that I keep going back. Regardless of your age it’s just a great series.

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Tamora Pierce is one of my favorite authors

Loved it, well read and written by one of my favorite authors. I have bought all of her books available on audio and can't wait for more.