• Rise of a Merchant Prince

  • Serpentwar Saga, Book 2
  • By: Raymond E. Feist
  • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
  • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (581 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“Feist has a natural talent for keeping the reader turning pages.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

The Serpentwar Saga continues!

The second book in master fantasist Raymond E. Feist’s New York Times best-selling classic epic fantasy adventure of war, magic, betrayal, and heroism, Rise of a Merchant Prince chronicles the further exploits of the young protagonists of Shadow of a Dark Queen in the aftermath of the initial confrontation with the fearsome reptilian Sauur and the invading armies of the dreaded Emerald Queen. Return once more to Midkemia - and discover why Science Fiction Chronicle calls Raymond E. Feist, “Without question one of the very best writers of fantasy adventure practicing today.” 

Any listener addicted to the works of Terry Goodkind, George R. R. Martin, and Terry Brooks simply must add Feist’s Serpentwar Saga to his fantasy bookshelf. 

©2009 Raymond E. Feist (P)2020 HarperAudio

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The narrator makes is SO bad.

This is not one of my favorite books but I like to read/listen to them in order. The narrator is awful and his pronunciations are horrendous. He cannot pronounce normal words and his pronunciation of names is even worse. Aroota? Ugh. I am not sure I want to listen to the next books he narrates in this series.

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Terrible story!

Rupert Avery is likeable in the first book, but is awful in merchant prince. Unlikable.

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this trilogy is much less enjoyable than the prior

this trilogy is more of a slog than the prior sagas. the narrator was ok, though he continued to use weird inflection or pronunciation.

the storyline seemed more forced. there were several places entire chapters could be cut without losing anything from the story. additionally, this book specifically had a weird cut from the main story to the epilog.

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Amazing story, barely passable narrator

This narrator is unable to distinguish between characters and makes very strange pronunciation choices. For those of you who are listening for nostalgic reasons, be prepared to be introduced to “Lewis” and “Aroota” who I remember as Luis and Arutha.

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The narrator....... sucks

The narrator seem to like to change the names of people. Not quite sure what that was about but it was distracting. I gritted my teeth every time I hear Toe-mas. It's Thomas.

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Great book - mediocre narration

I enjoy the story & character development. Feist has a excellent way of keeping you engaged and wanting more

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voice actor needs replacement

Peter Joyce butchers so many words in the narration of this story it is hard to follow at times. i am a long time fan of Raymond Frost and have read all of his books multiple times. I even played his video game, etc but Joyce doesn't seem to follow anyone else's pronunciation but his own. it is cringe worthy. if you are a long time fan stick to the book, unless you are very patient and can handle your favorite characters names being butchered continuously.

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Narrator is not great

The story is amazing, but the narrator really isn’t good at lending accents to the characters. The accents given are decidedly Irish, Norwegian, etc. Thomas is pronounced Toe-mass, Arutha is A-Root-Ah, Calis has a feminine voice.
It takes away from the story a bit.

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narrator sucks

narrator really really really really really sucks he mispronounced names I'm nut sure if it's a language issue but its annoying.

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One of My Favorite Stories

I love this series, and it was great being able to listen to it while doing other things. The story is very exciting and tragic.