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Sheepfarmer's Daughter Audiobook

Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

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Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

©1988 Elizabeth Moon (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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    David r Miller Cottage Grove, Mn, United States 03-06-13
    David r Miller Cottage Grove, Mn, United States 03-06-13
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    "Good beginning, bad narration"

    The book itself is ok. It is the first of a three part series that is written as one book, in other words, you don't lose any time between books. I like that. When I read trilogies I like there to be a steady rise throughout the trilogy as a whole to a great climax at the end of the series. This trilogy delivers that. Each book gets better and better. Unfortunately, because of the single-book-split-into-three technique used here, I felt like the first one didn't have a very good story arc in and of itself. Maybe it is just my opinion. If you get through the first, the other two were good. I will note that the transition to book 2 might not make you want to read book 2. It doesn't give very many hints of what is coming so it almost feels like a separate story. Alternatively, if you get through book 2, you will want to have book 3 readily handy because it leaves you with a little bit of a cliffhanger.

    Unfortunately, what I can't support is the narration of this particular audiobook. Jennifer Van Dyck just wasn't able to capture the protagonist properly at all. The story centers on the sheepfarmers daughter. Paks is 18 or 19 when she runs away from home and joins a mercenary company. Think with me for a second. A medieval-esqe/dungeons & dragons world, with a 19 year old girl (who is also incredibly naieve at first) in a mercenary company. Would you expect that to make her timid and indecisive? The whole first book the narrator makes her sound somehow timid and weak by using a more breathy tone than she does for some of the other characters. Most of the others were ok, but I just couldn't get around how weak, timid and indecisive way that Paks was read. I switched to the books for the second two and it made all the difference. In my head, she is strong and bold and she talks like it.

    Just my two bits. Not saying you can't listen to the audiobook just fine, I just found myself constantly re-adjusting what I heard to what I thought it might actually be like, based on her actions, rather than the tone it was read in.

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    Cynthia San Antonio, TX, United States 03-05-13
    Cynthia San Antonio, TX, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "It's the narrator"

    I have this series in paperback, have read it numerous times, so I do enjoy the story. The narrator is very distracting. As she reads the back ground, the descriptions she has a cadence that I had to check to make sure that the speed wasn't upped by accident. I've even attempted to take it down a notch so it sounds better. The problem with that is when she reads dialog she does so at a normal pace, which then throws off the adjusted speed of the recording. It's frustrating to the least. If this wasn't a series I know I like the story, I wouldn't continue and I certainly won't get a new to me series if she's narrating.

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    gillian 03-01-13
    gillian 03-01-13
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    "Doesn't get much better than this."
    What did you love best about Sheepfarmer’s Daughter?

    The Way Elizabeth Moon developed Paksenarrion and how Jennifer Van Dyck brought her to life. I have previously read this series and loved it, now I love it even more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paksenarrion of Course!!!


    Have you listened to any of Jennifer Van Dyck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I havn't, but I'm gonna look for her now:)


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

    This book is the begining of a wonderful journey, held me spellbound and made it hard for me to want to get anything else done.


    Any additional comments?

    Get this Book!

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    Janet BAY CITY, MI, United States 02-25-13
    Janet BAY CITY, MI, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring and Slow"

    Nothing really happened in the first 3 hours. The narrator was also distracting. She made the main character seem flat and dull. Her voices for other characters were just irritating. I love sci-fi, but there wasn't any here. It was just boring with no real character development. The main character had no redeeming qualities.

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    Yvonne 02-18-13
    Yvonne 02-18-13
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    "narrator - ugh"
    What would have made Sheepfarmer’s Daughter better?

    Different narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jennifer Van Dyck’s performances?

    No. I have read this series in the past and thought I would like to listen to it. I just found the narration too irritating to listen to. Ever.


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    David VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, United States 12-05-12
    David VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Puzzlingly Easy to Listen To"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. It's not going to change your life but it's a interesting story that was surprisingly easy to listen to. The narrator did a good job with the accents but did not do much in terms of creating good atmosphere for different scenes.


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    Frank Carter Carrollton, Texas USA 10-17-12
    Frank Carter Carrollton, Texas USA 10-17-12 Member Since 2011

    Sooner or later, it all gets real!

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    "Never got the point of the book."

    No fault of the narrator. Could only listen to the first part of the narration. The story never captures the attention and is incredibly slow. It suffers from not knowing if it is an adventure story or a misplaced romance novel with only one protagonist.

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    Nicholas Cranberry TWP, PA, United States 10-05-12
    Nicholas Cranberry TWP, PA, United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2014
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    "No world building, forgettable character. Pass on"
    Would you try another book from Elizabeth Moon and/or Jennifer Van Dyck?

    No I would not. After reading this book you have no real clear understanding of the fantasy world they live in, either it's boundaries or customs. You have very little depth of attachment to even the characters you do get to encounter.

    You really don't even know the main character or care about her even a little bit at the end of this so called story.


    What was most disappointing about Elizabeth Moon’s story?

    The fact that nothing really happens, you don't care at all what happens and that you just want it to end. I'm really surprised I got to the end. When the protagonist get's in a bit of trouble at the end you really could care less if she is eaten by wolves or makes it back.

    You don't know her at all, and thus just have a distant interest in the fact that at least something is happening in the story.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Van Dyck – was your favorite?

    It's been over a month, I have forgotten every character in the book. Is character too strong of a word for this?


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narrator was good. Good narration and I wouldn't hesitate to read another book read by this narrator


    Any additional comments?

    it sucked

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    Dandylion 10-04-12
    Dandylion 10-04-12

    rambunctiously soft spoken.

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    "Ye Be a long Tale"

    This started of very well I enjoyed the first half a lot the attention to detail is insane I could smell the wet mud and fell the chill in the air, Hats very much of to the narrator there is a telephone book of characters in this book and she gives every one a personality.
    Pox as she is come to been know as you go though is a solider and nothing more really,the story goes of on weird tangents that seem to want to go some where but never do.Maybe in the next books thous tangents will make sense but I don't know if I will be downloading it.

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    Stephanie 09-14-12
    Stephanie 09-14-12

    being dyslexic, I never read allot but I loved books...doesn't mix right? NOPE...wrong...Audible allows me to "read" at a pace that works for me and they have a great selection of books to keep me interested. I'm a fiction , sci-fi, and adventure books with strong female characters reader. I have been on a Vampire kick lately so female protags have been on my list.

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    "Sound was good, story was boring & slow"
    Would you try another book from Elizabeth Moon and/or Jennifer Van Dyck?

    Not based on this book, no.


    What was most disappointing about Elizabeth Moon’s story?

    It was slow and boring. I WANTED to like it...but it just was boring and I never got "into" the character to care about her.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jennifer Van Dyck?

    Not sure.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    NO


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