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In this fantasy we meet another strong, young female character with special powers. Daine is gifted in many ways - she's an excellent archer - but her special talent lies in her ability with animals, who seem to listen to her words. Daine earns a job working for Onua, the queen's horse mistress, who is impressed by the girl's powers. Tamora Pierce leads in narrating this exciting tale, which is lovingly detailed and populated by a cast of almost thirty people (including the writer's husband). Once listeners get used to the story switching from the narrator's voice to those of the actors, they will be pleased at its fanciful magic.

Publisher's Summary

When Daine comes down from the mountains, she carries with her two things: a dark secret about her own past, and a strangely powerful magic that even she doesn't understand.

Soon Daine has a job working for Onua, the queen's horsemistress, who is astonished at the girl's way with animals. It's almost as if she can speak to them....

Daine and Onua travel to Pirate's Swoop, where Daine finds herself swept into a war that threatens all of Tortall, a war where magic is one of the main weapons.

The wall between the worlds is cracking.

The magical creatures are returning.

Now Daine must master her own magic, and face her own dark memories, if she is to save her new home from destruction.

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©1992 Tamora Pierce; (P)2005 Full Cast Audio

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Doesn't do the book justice.

I was a bit disappointed in the audio version of this wonderful book. I will forever worship Tamora Pierce for her writing skills. In fact this book, when it came out, was one of the first fantasy novels that I read as a pre-teen. To this day, as an adult, I still buy every book she publishes, and read them all at least once a year. This audio version, however, fails to do justice to her novel. The narration was extremely stilted and over-enunciated to the point of sounding like a machine. It lacked any sort of inflection, especially when heard up against the exuberance of the character actors. An audio book read by an ensemble cast can be great if done well, but this one had the feel of an acting troupe that hadn?t run their lines enough. The pacing was off, and it lacked cohesion as a whole. The overall effect was very distracting. I?m not disappointed that I bought this audio book because I just love the story that much, but I do hope that the next one is better.

35 of 39 people found this review helpful

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The Immortals series: One of my favorite

Wild Magic: The Immortals series are one of my favorite Tamora Pierce books and audiobooks. I've read many reviews that criticise Daine. "She's too whiny ..." Well, I love fourteen year old kids and that's exactly Daine's character. Imagine you have been an outcast because of your never knowing your father, living in a village where everyone looks down on you because you are "illegitimate" even while your mother selflessly heals the sick. Then when murdering bandits attack your family and the village people ignores your family. The village hunts you down to kill you. all this happens to a fourteen year old kid before she begins the story.

Daine becomes a more heroic character once she has the support of caring people. It's unrealistic to compare her to Alanna, another heroic character. I love Alanna but she is almost to perfect. Daine is a more realistic teen. I love her character because she shows the possibility of every child who is loved and supported having a chance to grow up sane. This book should appeal to many middle school kids who feel abused. (and how many middle scholers do you know who don't feel a little unloved.) It really is a favorite of mine because I love middle school kids, even the challenging ones. With kind nurturing they can grow into some pretty fine people.

I eagerly await the fourth book performed as an audiobok for this series.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Lejla
  • Melbourne, N/A, Australia
  • 11-02-05

The rest of the book is better than the sample

I've read and re read this book so many times there are bits I know of by heart. I really enjoyed the audio eventhough it was more the lack of other choices that made me choose it. After I heard a tad bit more than the sample and got used to the pronounciations I fell in love with it.
I like the full cast and it is not at all distracting.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Wild Magic

I read Wild Magic years ago, it was the first book of Tamora Pierce's that I tried and is still my favorite of hers. After the wonderful job Trini Alvarado had done with the other books in the Tortall series I was very disappointed to see she was not reading this one. My worries were confirmed as I listened to book. I love Ms. Pierce's writing but her narration is very dull and uneven, couple that with the overacting of some of the actors and you have a very distracting and childish production. They did not totally ruin the book for me but they in no way enhanced it either. Trini Alvarado's reading kept this supposedly for young adult series a light fantasy that adults could enjoy as well. While the full cast audio production of Wild Magic turned a fun,light fantasy into a childs book. 4 1/2 stars for the story 1 star for the narration.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Love the book, don't love the narration

I always love Tamora Pierce's books. The writing is solid and her heroines are powerful and relatable. I loved this book when I read it for myself, but I'm not a fan of the way they handled the audiobook version. Personally, I found the rotating cast and broadly performed narration distracting. This recording is clearly geared towards much younger readers, possibly younger than I would suggest read this book in the first place. Bottom line: great book, good narration if you want to entertain a child, but ultimately not to this consumer's taste.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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What a sad use of a great story

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I think it needs to be redone narrated by someone new. My vote is for one speaker who can do characters like Jim Dale, Simon Vance or Terry Donnelly. The method of having the characters played by different actors really fails here.

What did you like best about this story?

I love this story and have for many years. I think it is a great young adult series with vivid characters and strong female leads. As a young girl it made me look critically at my relationship to the world in a way that helped me to grow and take ownership of myself.

What didn’t you like about Tamora Pierce’s performance?

I was dismayed to find that Tamora Pierce is a terrible narrator! Listening to this audio book has been extremely painful. Also, the acting of the general cast was atrocious! Who ever directed this or envisioned it should be ashamed of themselves. I think they categorically ruined a good story. The female lead has the winiest most dis-empowered voice in an audio book I have ever heard. her voice ruined a bright and growing character.

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

I was very disappointed.

Any additional comments?

I hope to hear soon that someone is going to rerecord this series and revive it from the unfortunate state it is currently in.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Leeann
  • Pottstown, PA, USA
  • 01-30-06

An enjoyable romp

I found the audiobook fine, I was slightly disappointed by Mrs. Pierce's narration but once accustomed to it I found it helpful that it was in a different tone than the acting, there was never the worry of missing dialouge because of a similar tone. I believe the voice actors caught the feeling of the parts very well, it is a young adult book and while as an adult I continue to read all of Pierce's books I enjoy the lightness and fun that are a part of her books and the character flaws that make the characters so dear. I listen to all the audiobooks of hers on a regular basis as I've nearly destroyed my written copies from many evenings of reading. As long as you're not expecting a serious novel and are willing to put up with some wonderful characters this book is wonderful and an easy listen.

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Great Story...Awful Recording.

Let me start by saying I'm a huge Tamora Pierce fan and have been for many years. Wild Magic was the first book I read of hers and has a special place in my heart.

That being said...this audio version is horrific. I loved Trini Alvarado's reading of the Alanna series and couldn't wait to hear her do this series. When I realized the author herself was doing the narrating I figured she would make it even better. Not so much. She's a great writer but a terrible narrator. She seemed bored and unfamiliar with her own work! The Full Cast Audio team made a wonderful book sound like a cartoonish mess. The main characters voice was whiny and like nails on a chalkboard. The rest of the characters were not much better and the random music between chapters was distracting.

I really wish there was a different audio version of this book with just one narrator who actually enjoys telling the story.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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ick

i can't finish this nook. narration sounds like a computer voice. story might be worth a read though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jia
  • Parkland, FL, United States
  • 12-04-07

wonderful

I have listened to Wild Magic over and over on my iPod. Is is a book full of action mixed with a world full of evil and good immortals, great gods and goddesses, and powerful sourcerers. All of Tamora Pierce's books are awesome, all occuring in the same world, although specifically written about different corners of the world. If this book was appealing to you, then you would enjoy all of Pierce's works as I have.

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  • mandy
  • 01-02-18

My favourite book

when I saw this audio I knew I had to get it it's my all time favourite book and narrative by the author herself
I was pleasantly surprised by the cast all how I personally thought they'd sound
a good fantasy book with everything you might want in a story
monsters magic heroes and the characters have so much life in them fought further forward by the amazing cast work

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  • Vanessa
  • 01-01-18

Glad I got this story.

I lost my paperback copy of this book a few years ago and I have had a hard time finding it again (I have the complete series apart from this one) and when I tried getting it on audible before it said it was not available in my country - so when I saw it this time I jumped on it! 😁
I am way older then the recommended age group for this book but I don't care - I love them all.

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  • emily
  • 02-15-15

so good but not complete

great books but if thay don't have the rights to all the books in the set then its verry annoying

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-27-17

absolutely amazing a great listen for the family

an amazing story and something the entire family enjoyed already on to the next book