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Storm Breaking

Valdemar: The Mage Storms, Book 3
Narrated by: David Ledoux
Series: Mage Storms, Book 3
Length: 20 hrs and 52 mins
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Publisher's Summary

As Storm Breaking opens, the western allies, led by Karal, Karsite Sunpriest and delegate to the Valdemaran Court, and the Adepts Firesong and An'desha, have traveled deep into the Dorisha Plains to locate the ancient ruins of the Tower of Urtho, Mage of Silence, creator of the gryphons. Legend has it that below the Tower, deeply buried beneath the plains, is Urtho's Vault, hidden stronghold of some of the most powerful magical weapons ever devised - weapons that Urtho himself felt were too dangerous to use.

With the help of the Shin'a'in plainsmen, they have successfully excavated this ancient arsenal, and risked their lives triggering one of these antique but potent tools of death to unleash a monstrous burst of mage-energy. With this explosion of magical power, Karal, Firesong, and their companions have temporarily counteracted the ever-increasing waves of the mage storms. But they know that this desperate action will not save them - they have bought themselves precious time, but are still far from a permanent solution. They know now that the mage storms are an "echo" through time of the prehistoric Cataclysm which destroyed Urtho's Tower, created the vast and barren Dorisha Plains, and permanently warped their world more than two thousand years ago. And they also know that if they don't find a way to banish these magical vibrations they will culminate in another Cataclysm - this time destroying their world for good.

But the Vault is not the only thing buried for centuries below the Dorisha Plains, and camped in the ruins of what once was the workplace of the most ingenious mage their world has ever known, the desperate allies soon come to realize that their solution may lie beneath the dust at their feet. The saving of their world just might be accomplished by the work of a man who has been dead for millennia!

©1996 Mercedes R. Lackey (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Mercedes Lackey, totally ruined

One of the things that makes these recordings great is what happens when matching the right talent to narrate the right story. What makes them awful is what happens when the wrong talent is used to do the same. This is an awful combination.. this narrator and this story are not even remotely compatible. How do you ruin a wonderful story, by a wonderful author? Have this man read it for you.

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the narrator's voice was too deep and grumbly for all the characters at times it was difficult to understand

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Lags in places but I still love it

To be completely honest this last book is probably the weakest of the three, which is a real shame because I absolutely love Karal - he is probably my favorite of all Lackey's many likeable characters. His journey as a person, his want to help people, and the magical creature (and other more human friends) that attach to him along the way, were much more why I wanted to see how the book ended then the world threatening magics.

Because of this, the series as a whole, though still an immensely fun listen, might be one of those better read. I certainly found it to be so the first time I discovered the series - and it is also easier that way to skip a few paragraphs (or pages) when you get to the parts where it lags.

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Early Valdemar was better

Would you try another book from Mercedes Lackey and/or David Ledoux?

I'd try another book but while the idea of the story was interesting it probably should have been a novella not a novel, it was too long. I love the early Valdemar books and for that alone I would try another book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mercedes Lackey again?

Yes I would, but I was disappointed, this just lost pace at times. I also seemed disjointed, like it had been stuck together from a couple of different stories. and then suddenly it was the end.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration neither helped nor hindered the story. The best I can say of it was that I wasn't aware of the narration as a separate component of the story a lot of the time, which I guess is a good thing.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was bored, and it took several goes to get into the book and I wasn't dying to get back to it. I could leave it alone really easily.

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  • B. Currie
  • Van Nuys, CA United States
  • 04-09-19

Disappointing Narrator

I've read the book in hardcopy, and love it, but downloaded the audio version for listening on my commute. I greatly dislike this narrator's choice when doing voices: he reads the description of Florian's voice as "a musical tenor" and then chooses a gravelly baritone. The voice he puts on for the gryphons is plainly annoying, and sounds painful to the throat. But the story is a good one, and I like it enough to put up with a disappointing narrator.

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A satisfactory conclusion.

Story wise this one recovers from all the excesses of the first two books in the series. A complaint though, would be the massive idiotball that it feels like was handed to the distant empire of mages. Mages which in the story are recognized to treat magic analytically with rules and logic and maths and so on... if anyone should be able to recognize the patterns that valdemar recognized in book two the Empire mages should've been able to. Granted the solution to the problem isn't something that they'd necessarily be able to enact or do anything about seeing how that's something that has to be done at the original point of origin. But it's an empire that is built on magic and magecraft, they should've had researchers gathering and collating data in orders large enough to analyze and see the pattern showing the effects of the storms sweeping across the land.

On the narration side of this audiobook, there are technical issues the impact the enjoyability of the work. Sections of audio where obvious sections where spliced together from different sessions and possible corrections to prior work. Volume control issues where the narrator goes from somewhat soft-spoken and quiet to strong and clear voice. Some character voices have issues where they sound like they're a hundred years old and have trouble speaking. On the upside, compared to the first two, the narration is improved, and at least consistent in the voices used.

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Pronunciation distracts

I have loved Mercedes Lackey and Valdemar forever, so I enjoyed the story. I enjoyed David Ledoux as a dramatic voice actor but his mispronunciations of words such as gaes, duchy, collegium etc were jarring like potholes in a smooth road. I tend to think that an editor should have been listening to correct such things, or if Mr. Ledoux didn’t know a word he could have just googled the correct way to speak it before just guessing.

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a bit disappointing

This conclusion could have been much shorter. It's obvious the author had a point she wanted to get across, (weapons of mass destruction are bad, humanity is saved by mutual tolerance and diversity of approaches, inter-species cooperation good [i.e. racism bad]. I agree with all the above, but much of the book revolves around characters philosophizing ad nauseam on the above. The performer/reader was quite bad. Mispronounced many words, (who cannot correctly pronounce "cage"?!). Plus, the voice he used for Florian, described in the book as a young man, made him sound like an old geezer. Ugh. I'm a Mercedes Lackey fan and have the books in hard copy. In paper form, one can just skip ahead to the good parts :-)

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Lackey at her finest

Love all the Valdemar books. Hearing them read brings new life to the stories. Audible books are truly a gift.

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always loved her books<br />

I've loved her books since highschool can't wait to get more. looking forward to the mage wars.