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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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Not offensively bad, just a bit boring

Would you try another book from Elizabeth Moon and/or Jennifer Van Dyck?

Probably not

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I actually enjoyed listening to this to some degree, but it just didn't draw me in. I got another book I was eager to listen to and just stopped this one.

It's a kid's book, aimed at imparting morals, and describing the minutiae of a soldier's life, probably fun for a little girl who dreams of being a warrior or soldier.

Not very 'juicy' though.

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Multi-tasking - bane or blessing?

Would you listen to Sheepfarmer’s Daughter again? Why?

When you listen to an audiobook and knit lace at the same time you will have to repeat both activities. I know this. I am resigned to it.The first time through the series the elves voices drove me crazy. If the reader had been present I might have hurt her. The second time through they didn't bother me nearly as much. And, to be fair, how does a human being reproduce a lilting, singing, nonhuman voice? I have no idea, and so I'm glad I didn't have the opportunity to hurt the reader.Final analysis - I loved the story, the perrformance was better than I would have said had I not messed up the lace pattern so badly. The lace was better the second time too.

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Well done all the way around.

Would you consider the audio edition of Sheepfarmer’s Daughter to be better than the print version?

No, both versions were very good. - I purchased this in addition to the The Deeds of Paksanarrion, omnibus edition, so I would have an option to listen to it as well as read it.

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

Yes, it may not be possible in all one sitting but I have no problem listening while doing other things and will find the time to finish it.

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Great story and well told

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Heroine done right

This book is a great listen and you don't want it to be over with. It's got a powerful woman lead which is always nice and I couldn't press pause. I bought all the books in the series and I didn't find any of them weak. I wouldn't have married a pig farmer either

If you liked this I think you should look into the Obsidian Trilogy, by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. Not a female lead, but strong female characters with a longer more drawn out plot and sarcastic unicorns.

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A Unique Story

I just finished reading all 3 books and I am crazy about the series! One thing that I really appreciated in this book is the friendships within the mercenary troop. The Duke is kind (you will discover why in the 3rd book) and so the troops are very loyal. Paks develops into an amazing fighter due to her drive to practice and improve. This story is full of adventure and fighting to set up the stories that follow in the next 2 books.

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Elizabeth Moon wonderful as always

Would you listen to Sheepfarmer’s Daughter again? Why?

I will certainly listen to this book and the others of the series. I could hardly wait to see what comes next.

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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

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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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

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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