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Magic's Pawn Audiobook

Magic's Pawn: The Last Herald Mage, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

In Magic's Pawn, an ancient age in the history of Valdemar comes to life - an age when the kingdom was ravaged by the ungoverned fury of bandit warlords, ferocious ice dragons, and the wild magic of wizards. A new addition to Lackey's Valdemar kingdom - and her most powerful series to date!

©1991 Mercedes R. Lackey (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Laurie 03-18-13
    Laurie 03-18-13
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    "Great story, disappointing audio"
    Where does Magic's Pawn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Mediocre reading with poor production. The narrator missed punctuation and read right through commas, periods, new paragraphs and scene changes. Poor reader or poor production?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vanyel Ashkevron because we get to see him grow from an abused and difficult teen into a selfless hero.


    What aspect of Gregory St. John’s performance would you have changed?

    This needed better attention to details like correct pronunciation of character names and places. I wish St. John had been mindful of scene changes by taking a breath and leaving a little empty air space as a clue. I know the book has spaces between scenes for this purpose.I would have liked it better if he hadn't given every woman and teen character a whine.


    Any additional comments?

    I have waited a long time for an audio production of this series and am disappointed that it wasn't given the attention it deserved. I suggest you read the book first and let the characters become real to you. Mercades Lackey's writing is better than production makes it sound.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" 11-19-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Chick and Fay Lit"

    SOMETIMES BEING ALONE IS A HURT WORSE THEN DYING
    Yes, I know, your saying, why would I get a book with a cover done in pastel colors, a horse and a tortured boy on it. The cover alone screams chick lit. The answer is: I have read Lackey before and found her not lacking. I liked The Serpents Shadow and was alright with Take a Thief, Brightly Burning and Owlflight. This is a combination of Chick Lit and Gay Lit. Lackey uses the word Fay to mean Gay. This also follows the same pattern she uses in 95% of her books. The story is about a young tortured soul who is an outcast, but finds peace and understanding in a Magic School.

    HE GAVE ME THE KEY TO HIMSELF, HE WANTED ME TO HAVE IT.
    I have nothing against the Fay, I just don't have much interest in the coming of age of a Fay. The main character is very melodramatic, you know your typical teenager. He does not know he is gay or even that gayness exist until he goes to this school which seems to be full of the fay. I don't like melodrama in real life and really can't stand it in my novels. It may be true to life, just part of life I try to avoid.

    THE HIGH TABLE WAS HIGH

    31 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    April Gillilan Stillwater, OK United States 07-12-13
    April Gillilan Stillwater, OK United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent book (and series), but ..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Magic's Pawn to be better than the print version?

    No! The audio version is not as good as the print version, simply because of the horrendous narration. The narrator mispronounced words regularly throughout the series, and not just the unusual words of Valdemar.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gregory St. John’s performances?

    No!


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sheley Napier Columbus, Ohio USA 03-18-13
    Sheley Napier Columbus, Ohio USA 03-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Briefly"
    What made the experience of listening to Magic's Pawn the most enjoyable?

    This is an old favorite, one of the first in the genre that I read.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I was incredibly disappointed that the performer didn't bother to learn how to pronounce the names correctly, particularly since there is a published glossary. It all but ruined it for me.


    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Jessy Seattle, WA, United States 01-25-13
    Jessy Seattle, WA, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Start to a Great Series"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book that I have come back to re-read in audio and I must say that its much better than what I remember. Perhaps that I am more mature now or that the reader did such a great job, but I find myself loving it.

    BUT, audible, where is the rest of the series. You are killing me!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Dayton, Oh, United States 05-05-15
    Lynn Dayton, Oh, United States 05-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, tainted somewhat by the reader"

    I love this story. It's one of my favorites in this series. Mercedes Lackey is a great author.

    The reader or the producer needs help. We can see the extended break in the written word to know time change just happened. He gave no pause. Just continued. Accents are a personal expectation. Pronunciation - his or the authors? I think... Him. Didn't like it

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    magicmonster 03-16-13 Member Since 2017
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    "This is my favorite Valdemar series."
    Where does Magic's Pawn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great listen!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic's Pawn?

    When Van stood up to his father.


    Which character – as performed by Gregory St. John – was your favorite?

    Vanyel


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

    The end but I don't want to spoil it.


    Any additional comments?

    A well done production spot on. Homosextual main charactor done with such care that you could even let a young adult listen to it.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Nina Bigoloni 11-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "great acting and voice! but check pronunciation"

    one of the best valdemar books so far, the acting was great, although the pronunciation of Tayledras was all wrong... I kept correcting him in my head ^^'

    but I really enjoyed it

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    Beemer 10-19-17
    Beemer 10-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Powerful story of love and redemption"

    Powerful story of love and redemption, of dealing with the difficulty, drama, and angst of youth. Powerful, even after all these years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    wendy kiker 10-16-17
    wendy kiker 10-16-17 Member Since 2014
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    "This story grips you from beginning to end."

    I have read it many times. It is my favorite of Ms. Lackey's works. I like it because it captures the true angst of teen emotion and coming of age but makes it exotic in a wonderfully unique world with captivating magic. The second and third books of the series continue Vanyel's adventures as an adult; but in my opinion this first book outshines them and is most satisfying in if itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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