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Magic's Pawn Audiobook

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

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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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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 11-19-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 11-19-13 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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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

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    magicmonster 03-16-13 Member Since 2013
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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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    Sapere Aude New England 05-05-17
    Sapere Aude New England 05-05-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Not thrilled with the narrator"
    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    He's ok. Some of the tone just feels off. I have read the physical book before and the format is such that within a chapter, the author changes between POV frequently, but you realize this because there is a space between paragraphs, but not a title or headline that indicates it. This is not translated into the audiobook at all. The author will read the last line of the previous POV and the next line of a new POV in such a way that you don't realize a transition has happened until you realize it doesn't make sense. A long pause would be appropriate to alert the listener to the change. I have had to go back a number of times and relisten to the last minute even understand what is going on because of this.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy Mercedes Lackey, she writes great romantic fantasy. Her books are maybe a little bit idealistic, things are a little too black or white, people are either good or bad. She tends to give you details through the characters speaking them to each other, which leaves them seeming like they explain things too much, but overall I find the stories very enjoyable.

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    Amazon Customer 01-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book performance odd"

    Thrown off by odd pronounciations. First time hearing it, but have read it loads of times.

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    undrwo 01-03-17
    undrwo 01-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "not quite what I remembered"

    Ever read something when you were young, think it was amazing, then come back to it and wonder what you were thinking? That's my relationship with my highschool obsession with Mercedes Lackey. I used to think her works were the most imaginative, romantic, intense things I'd ever read, and I honestly paused Magic's Pawn before I could even finish it.

    I don't know if that's because this is one of her early works, but I did not make it all the way through this book. The prose was flowery and purple, the people's inability to communicate for the sake of plot-tension unbelievable in the extreme, and characters who were supposed to be tragic and sympathetic came across as snotty rather than flawed.

    If you do like fantasy, or if you have a young person in your life who has just finished Twilight and wants to know what to read next, recommend this author to them- but maybe start with Owlflight or the Black Gryphon or Oathbound. They're perfectly lovely books- just more tween than I had remembered.

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    Theresa 11-26-16
    Theresa 11-26-16
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    "Still Readable, but....."
    If you could sum up Magic's Pawn in three words, what would they be?

    Overpowering teen angst.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Since I'm not a fan of excessive teen angst, that eliminates Vanyel. My favorite part of the story on listening after 20+ years was actually Savil.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gregory St. John?

    Someone who actually knows how to narrate a story? The narration was dreadful. The pacing was off (someone explain to Mr. St. John about punctuation and what it means), the pronunciations were off (some of them made me want to claw my ears off), there were often instances when I literally said to myself, "WHAT did he just say?" I found myself wondering what the narrator was using as his source for the reading. Was it OCR errors that he was actually reading rather than questioning? An example from the second book, which stopped me dead and threw me out of the story: a character says, "Count your messings!" What? I'm sure it was actually "blessings". That is not the only jarring instance. There are a lot of them. Honestly, Audible, did you not have anyone checking these readings for consistency and proper English? Direction would be good. Post-production editing would be good. Getting the pronunciations from the author would be good. At one point during listening (to one of the other two books), I literally pulled out the hardcopy and read along and was boggled by how... off it all was. This is not the first bad experience I've had with this narrator; so yeesh. No thanks.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It probably did when I was younger, but honestly, I was often rolling my eyes. Maybe I'm just too old to empathize with the teen angst and I was just "Oh, god, get over yourself." too much.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read these books occasionally since the first time when I was much younger. The story mostly holds up as a fairly decent coming of age tale. But after so long, my tastes changed and I realize in retrospect that the author as a writer does things that annoy the blazes out of me. It might be the supremely poor narration making me react more critically to Lackey's writing, but I don't think so. Still, these books are the only ones of Lackey's I can still tolerate, so there is that.

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    LBCRabbit 10-27-16
    LBCRabbit 10-27-16
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    "I've loved this book since childhood"
    If you could sum up Magic's Pawn in three words, what would they be?

    Magical Horses, Heroes, and Love and Loss.


    What does Gregory St. John bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Errors. lol. Honestly, I've read this book many times since I was young, and when I first heard this audio book I had to check the original twice. Small errors in the reading, but very obvious ones. Other than that, he definitely brings the characters to life.


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

    Yes. Every time.


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    Amazon Customer 07-30-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Do yourself a favor and buy a paper copy"

    This series is one of my favorites of all time. I first read it when I was twelve and I have read it hundreds of times. It never gets old. The true humanity of the characters, the depth of emotion in the story and the imaginativeness of the world combine to create a tale that stays with you. It was the first real fantasy genre novel I read, and what an intro!! I love all of Mercedes Lackey's works, but these books have a special place in my heart.
    Imagine my disappointment to have the novel ruined by narration. The narrator was completely bizarre. The cadence of his words was off, at times making me question if he actually knew how to read the English language. To quote Mike Myers, he often "puts the EM-pha-sis on the wrong sy-LLAB-le". He leaves out words... And no only mispronounces names of 90% of the characters, but periodically changes how he pronounces them.
    Scenes with intense emotion were read with almost no inflection.
    I was so horrified by the reading that I felt the need to read the book out loud to myself just to feel better about what was being said.
    I have very very few books on tape that I do not enjoy. This is the first one EVER that I returned to audible rather than keep it in my library. Horrific.
    Skip it, get the print version.

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    Sarah Richmond, VA 07-09-16
    Sarah Richmond, VA 07-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not one of her strongest, and poor performance"

    I've long held that Vanyel just was not a very relatable character, or at least not as likeable as many of Lackey's other protagonists. Very whiny, and a lot of the plot seems weirdly paced. But the performance was by far one of the weakest I've heard for her novels.

    The narrator often puts weird emphasis on certain words, as if he is reading the sentences by seconds instead of in one long flow. several times, it's meant that I have to play catch up in my mind when his pronunciation of a sentence doesn't match what it's trying to get at. He also pronounces many of her names, foreign language words, and place names in what I would have thought to be the LEAST likely manner when I was reading it versus listening. maybe that's just me, but overall the performance was awkward, inconsistent, and distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kansas Mom 04-13-16
    Kansas Mom 04-13-16
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    "Great story - not so great rendition..."
    If you could sum up Magic's Pawn in three words, what would they be?

    Main Character needs to grow up


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Savil Ashkevron. She was strong enough to not care about what others thought.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gregory St. John?

    Gerard Doyle.


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

    Would have been if... (see additional comments...)


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator paused when he shouldn't have and didn't pause when he should have. This could have been editing. Sometimes there was a pause when there should not have been: "he climbed down the back........ stairs" (listener starts to question how anyone can climb down a back and finally the sentence is completed. Oh, okay. He climbed down the stairs!!!).

    There were not pauses between separate segments when there definitely should have been. Whenever there was a scene change, the lack of separation created confusion in the mind of the listener.

    This broke the flow of the story and made it difficult to fully enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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