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Publisher's Summary

Once again, the Kingdom of Gwynedd under young King Kelson found itself facing the horror of war between the Church and the Deryni. As the Pretender Queen plotted to free Meara from Gwynedd's control, and the ex-Archbishop hatched a devious plan, it looked like the peace of Gwynedd was to be a thing of the past.
©1987 Katherine Kurtz (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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A good book ruined

I've read this book and all of Kurtz's Deryni books many times. This narrator could easily ruin it for me. He o-ver e-nun-ci-ates, which would be good for some readers, I guess, but not for me.

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Excellent Story

This mythology created by Kurtz is both entertaining and enthralling. I continue to enjoy it even in the 2nd and third readings.

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At last in audio, but this narrator isn't the best

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, with reservations about the narration in particular. Also, by today's standards, the story might be considered a bit stilted, but these have been favorites of mine since they were first published, and they are good tales, with fine characters and a lot of excellent research behind them.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hard to choose. Kelson, of course; Dhugal has a great role here. Saying more could be a spoiler.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nick Sullivan?

Simon Vance, John Lee, Dick Hill, many others. Anyone who can do different voices well and who knows how to sound like a Highlander. Nick Sullivan over-enunciates often; seems to have made some particularly odd choices for voices for some of the characters - Alaric Morgan's deep voice is awkward and flattened, Bishop Arilan sounds quavery when he's young and active; didn't do his homework about the Latin words; and is especially awful with the Highland accent.

Did The Bishop's Heir inspire you to do anything?

I like to think I'll buy the rest of this trilogy, but I really get annoyed at Nick Sullivan's reading.

Any additional comments?

Thanks for getting these books into audio.

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Good book; terrible reading

I've been a lifelong fan of Katherine Kurtz's Deryni novels, so I was excited to try the audio version of this first book in her "Histories of King Kelson" series. Unfortunately, the reading by Nick Sullivan was very nearly intolerable. In the course of this book, he badly overenunciates, pronounces both Latin and Scots-equivalent words incorrectly, and even makes mistakes in which accent goes with which character. The worst, in my opinion, though, is the awful, growly voice he chooses for the crucial character of Morgan. I simply goggle at the fact that the rest of this series is also read by him. What a travesty!

Nonetheless, I love her work so well that I am willing to listen through the other books... But only if I can get my library to stock them, so I don't have to pay more of my own good money in order to get to the last and most recent book in the series, "The Bride of King Kelson," which I haven't yet read. I must say, I will feel a bit guilty at recommending them to my library, though, as terrible as the reading is. :( Still, for those who cannot read with their eyes, a bad performance of her books is still probably better than no performance at all.

Buyer beware.

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Wonderful continuation of an enchanting series

The new narrator does a different voice for key characters that is jarring at first, but the performance is well done. The story is a superb blending of monarchy and hereditary magic in a middle ages setting. It deals with the ecclesiastical reactions to magical abilities in a realistic and refreshing manner.

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Not the best narrator

One of my absolute favorite books growing up. But, the audible version leaves a lot to be desired, IMO. The narrator has a flat, almost monotonous voice, and even mixed up names and voices towards the end.

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A Necessary Compromise

Would you consider the audio edition of The Bishop's Heir to be better than the print version?

No, it is not better.

What did you like best about this story?

Well developed characters

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Morgan's voice is wrong.

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

It always makes me cry.

Any additional comments?

The reader made mistakes in some places.

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narrator ruined this for me

Loved narration on prior books, not this. This is terrible. Getting kindle for remaining books.

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good story, bad reader

reader made me crazy. he over-enunciated every word and paused a bit after each. it was a bit like listening to William Shatner.

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OK story, un-natural feeling to the reading.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narration is blocky and sounds as if it is if there is a period after most words. While the diversity in voices by the narrator are good, the voices themselves are anoying. The plot is ok but the actual writing is fairly cliche.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Fine- despite the criticism I have for the book, the ending made me want to know what the next book would hold.

How could the performance have been better?

(see what I would change about the book)

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

It would make a much better movie (if done well) than book.

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  • 04-24-10

Bishop's Heir

this is a very good book. i have enjoyed listening to it.