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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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    Andy Canberra, Australia 04-25-12
    Andy Canberra, Australia 04-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Brilliant! I know why others raved about this"

    I read this knowing that it had had rave reviews, so my expectations were high. And they were not disappointed at any point in the story.

    While I'm more into classic SF rather than fantasy, this was an enjoyable foray into this world. What was particularly enthralling was the portrayal of the equivalent of maybe a 16th century army. The main character spends most of her time progressing from recruit to combat veteran, and you really get to appreciate the fighting techniques and problems involved in hand-to-hand contact between sword-wielding soldiers.

    A must read for anyone interested in warfighting of any era.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Ann Murphy-Parant Queensbury, NY United States 08-08-10
    Cheryl Ann Murphy-Parant Queensbury, NY United States 08-08-10 Member Since 2015
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    "As good as I remembered"

    If someone was to ask me what was the best series books I ever read I would say the Paks books. I was happy to see them on the list at Audible and am very happy with the performance of this loved series of books

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    H Arlington, TX, USA 05-03-10
    H Arlington, TX, USA 05-03-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Surprisingly bad"

    I've been with audible for about 2 years and average 3-4 books a month. This is the first book that I wanted a refund for. It's also the first book I've left a comment on. Since I purchased this book due to the fact it had such great reviews I felt obligated to provide a different point of view. My biggest complaint is that the writing is repetitive and simplistic, the author constantly restates the same idea or phrase over and over, then says it again just in case you missed it. Another issue I had was with the central character, Paksenarrion, she has got to be one of the most boring and dull witted characters I have ever encountered. Her constant "I don't know" responses drove me crazy. This being said I certainly do not have the skills to write a book even close to this caliber and it may be right up someone else's alley, just not mine.

    29 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 03-25-10
    Susan 03-25-10
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    "Good Read for Epic Fantasy Fans"

    I would recommend this book to epic fantasy fans. It has a solid story line and a fresh vantagepoint that kept me listening without being so deep that I wanted to re-wind. Reader was a definite plus to the experience and she made it easy to keep track of characters.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Viktor 05-16-12
    Viktor 05-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I normally don't wright reviews but..."

    Rarely do I come across books that I don't like. I went right in with in with my normal enthusiasm. But I soon found myself bored due to the lack of details and descriptions.

    We what we get is:
    "He got angry and hit him"

    Why not make it something like this:
    "John could feel the blood rush trough his veins, his hands clenched. Before Tom could react, he struck. His fist made a satisfying crunch as it connected with Tom's face" ?

    The characters don't come alive in the first case, and the characters are the ones that make the story.

    A few hours in I had no idea about anyone's story, appearance, motivations, or character.
    All I knew is that the main character is a blond tomboy who wants to be a soldier
    (for no real reason).
    Another thing, you don't name 10 characters in 2 minutes, with no description if you want people to remember them. (I actually forgot the antagonists name.)

    In my view there is nothing that drives the story, no tension, no emotions, nothing.
    But perhaps its my young male mind who can't handle a female voice doing the narration.
    Or perhaps it becomes vastly better after she was locked up?
    All i know is that this book was a disappointment.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    William Lindale, TX, United States 12-27-10
    William Lindale, TX, United States 12-27-10
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this trilogy."

    I have listened to both the Serrano Legacy and the Vatta's War series by Elizabeth Moon which are among my most favorite. This series definitely goes in a different direction, but is just as entertaining. Moon is such a great storyteller. I have been thoroughly entertained with the first book in the trilogy. I am already starting on the middle book. I find the narrator superb. This is the first book I have listened to by Jennifer Van Dyck, but will look for other titles by her once I have finished the trilogy.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 06-25-11
    Paul 06-25-11 Member Since 2010
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    "What did I miss???"

    This book was SO thin on ANY kind of character development or emotional involvement is was a very empty read. I bought this book thinking it might be a good book for me after LOVING the Hunger Games. WRONG. It's just endless dull descriptions of battle scenes and poor dialog. Sorry, I see many loved this, I just don't know what I missed. Depressingly dull and boring. Wasted credit.

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    Sarah 06-08-12
    Sarah 06-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I kept waiting for some purpose to the story."
    What would have made Sheepfarmer’s Daughter better?

    Some challenge for the hero to fix.


    What was most disappointing about Elizabeth Moon’s story?

    There seemed no purpose to it. I kept waiting for it to be revealed. The heroine was passive - things happened to her - she did not make the story happen.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator has the same rhythm for each sentence or phrase, and the rhythm is so punctuated it is almost staccato at times. I could take away the words and go . . . "Da da da duh, da da da duh. Over and over and match her tonal rhythm. I wanted to stretch and soften her words out.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, it was uninspiring, but perhaps interesting to someone with a military inclination.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. Parkes Winter Springs, Florida 07-04-10
    J. Parkes Winter Springs, Florida 07-04-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book, great series."

    Many years ago when I first read this series it played a key role in my love of the 'fantasy' genre'. It was a delight to revisit the books in audio format with a great narrator.
    I have always hoped this author would create it's equal in fantasy, she has not. I eagerly purchased her sci-fi books and was truly disappointed, what happened I'll probably never know.
    Buy this series, you'll love them!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda Basile, LA, USA 05-12-10
    Rhonda Basile, LA, USA 05-12-10 Member Since 2008
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    "excellent"

    I loved this book! I couldnt stop, I admit it is one that must be listened to without distraction, but I really like it!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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