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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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Guess I'm not an Elizabeth Moon fan

I like to read Sci-Fi by women because I like their usually fresh point of view. While this is not really sci-fi, but Fantasy it is just another beautiful woman who would rather be a warrior than a wife and therefore puts up with lots of stuff for being pretty and saying no. Yawn. Boring. Not much character development, just long narrative trying to use every trick in the book to grab interest but missing badly.

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  • Colin
  • Houston TX 77009 USA
  • 12-28-14

Standout Story

Where does Sheepfarmer's Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would put it at the top of the list of good listening, and well read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sheepfarmer's Daughter?

The beginning of understanding of her giftings and abilities.

What does Jennifer Van Dyck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good pacing of audible content. Able to do slight changes in accent to differentiate between characters.

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

I found it a very moving book (series) with interesting concepts. I have read and listened to it many times.

Any additional comments?

Difficult to put down any time I started it.

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Love this book, but the performer doesn't seem to

What did you like best about this story?

I love this book, the simple prose is surprisingly effective, and the tale is one that everyone who is going through the process of maturing can relate to.

How could the performance have been better?

The rhythm and tonality of the narration was repetitive and only loosely a reflection of the content of the text. Frankly made it an unpleasant listening experience despite my love for the book.

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Read, Don't Listen, to this one

I reread this story about once every other year since being introduced to the series when I was 17. I don't want to call it a fantasy genre classic, because "classic" sounds to me like something dead, something in a style that literature has moved beyond, something of academic interest, without a draw for the current popular taste. The Deed of Paksenarrion is a vibrant tale that sweeps you up and draws you ever forward into the adventure. I love the story, and don't want to give away any serious spoilers.

Jennifer Van Dyck did not get a 1 star rating simply because she was not painful to listen to, However, she read the story like a news reporter, killing the emotional pull with a very nearly staccato, clipped speech.

There's a scene where Paks awakens in a dungeon (the first scene in a new story arch of the book), and when I read that passage, I usually have to put the book down and let the tears evoked by the pathos of the writing fall. When Ms. Van Dyck read the passage, it was damn near banal, as emotionally stripped as a newscaster side-noting, "Three shot dead in a parking garage last night. Remember to park near lights. On another note ...."

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Enjoyable and a Wonderful start of a great series

The Sheepfarmer's Daughter is very much a coming-of-age tale of a girl steadfastly following her unconventional dream to become a soldier, despite objections from her family. I thought several things make this tale stand out from others in its genre: Elizabeth Moon's own military experience gives a solid realism to military training and Paksenarrion's development is not just a result of her innate capabilities but also a result of hard work and determination. Although Paks becomes a soldier and there are many military elements in the tale, this is the tale of Paks' life and growth, and only peripherally the tale of battles won or lost.

There are certainly hints throughout the book that this is only part of a larger tale (and thankfully, we can go on to read more of that tale!) but the book stands very well on it's own ... hmm, books don't exactly have feet, so perhaps cover? After all, most books are only part of a larger tale and often we don't have a chance to see what happens next, however much we may wish to go on.

Jennifer Van Dyck does an excellent job investing this book with the voices of the characters and their emotions: her narration is consistently smooth and well paced and her choices for timbre and accent for individual characters delightful.. Although this may have been the first of the many books she narrated that I heard, I have listened to others since and have specifically looked for books she narrated when selecting a new book for my own audio library.

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Fantastic Fantasy Trilogy: Book 1

What did you love best about Sheepfarmer's Daughter?

This is the first book of a trilogy. This book specifically deals with the main character's transition from living on a farm with an angry father to living in a barracks pursuing life as part of a mercenary army. This is a fantasy based world, but the fantasy is secondary to the plot. The world is well developed but it doesn't over shadow the characters in the story. I have found that in some fantasy books, the world is its own character in the novel. This is not the case in this book. You get the richness of the world without it being overbearing.

What other book might you compare Sheepfarmer's Daughter to and why?

Not sure. I haven't ventured into true fantasy yet. I have a problem sometimes getting into what my friends have called "high fantasy" books. Which is a serious bummer because I've started Game of Thrones 4 times and I still haven't gotten past the 1st chapter. I read the print copy of this book as The Deed of Paksenarrion (all 3 books in one) years ago and loved it.

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

Jennifer Van Dyck's performance is outstanding. She is one of my favorite narrators. I have tried new books because I saw that she was the narrator.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I don't know but it would be a great movie, especially now that everyone is on the Game of Thrones kick.

Any additional comments?

Don't be afraid to give this trilogy a try, its well written, the character development is good and its original. Definitely not reused content in a different world.

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  • Bob-o
  • CHARLESTON, SC, United States
  • 04-28-14

Surprisingly Good

No, make that surprisingly GREAT! I loved this series. Each book gets better and better. This isn't a sword and sorcery book (my favorite), but there is a little magic in it and more in each book in the series. This is the story of a young woman who seeks a life in the military and about her growth both in the military and personally and her rise as a warrior and magically in a world where magic is a sin. I was really hesitant to buy it, but I'm sure glad I did. I highly recommend it.

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Entertaining tale, Excellent narration

I was pleasantly surprised to find the tale entertaining and it was further enhanced by the narrator. I bought the other two books in this series.

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  • Leslie
  • MONROE, NC, United States
  • 03-22-14

Boring and simplistic

What disappointed you about Sheepfarmer’s Daughter?

The narration was stilted and awkward but the unforgivable transgression was a boring story.

What was most disappointing about Elizabeth Moon’s story?

I normally love stories about strong independent female characters, but the lead was written so blandly and shallowly that I found my mind wandering and not caring at all about her fate or that of any of the other characters.

What didn’t you like about Jennifer Van Dyck’s performance?

She sounded as if she was reciting from a grocery list; pauses in strange places, very flat with little expression. Perhaps this contributed to the overall dullness of the entire experience.

Any additional comments?

I really wanted to be captivated by this story and thus become engaged in a whole new trilogy to enjoy. But it seemed the story went on and on and on with nothing interesting happening, just minute inconsequential details with no characterization, no insight, nothing to make me want to continue. I couldn't get past the first third or so of the recording.

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Captain Kirk anyone?

I read all these wonderful reviews of this book and narration and joyfully picked it up hoping for a nice new series to listen to. I could not get past the narration. A good narrator can make or break the story and this one broke it for me. All I could think of for each and every sentence out of her mouth was "Captain Kirk"! She has that same annoying cadence in her narration. BOnes! SPock! I had to return this one. I tried, I really tried, but no dice.